Gifts That Reduce Your Taxes

Retirement Plan

You can simply name Denver Zoo as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to foster a more sustainable world for animals.

Income taxes to your beneficiaries on retirement assets can be as high as 35 percent. This means, for example, that a $100,000 IRA will be worth only $65,000 when it gets to your loved ones.

Naming Denver Zoo as a beneficiary of your retirement assets generates no income taxes. Denver Zoo is tax exempt and eligible to receive the full amount, bypassing any income taxes. This means, for example, that a $100,000 IRA given to Denver Zoo will be worth the full $100,000.

To name Denver Zoo as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, simply contact your plan’s administrator. Our Federal Tax ID number is 84-0502539.

Life Insurance Policy

Do you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose? You can use it (or a percentage of it) to reduce your taxes and create a gift for Denver Zoo that demonstrates your commitment to making a positive impact on species and habitats worldwide.

Potential benefits:

  • You could potentially reduce your income taxes.
  • You might possibly receive additional tax deductions if you make annual gifts so Denver Zoo would be able to continue to pay the premiums.
  • You can see firsthand how your gift supports our work if Denver Zoo cashes in the policy.
  • You can create your legacy. If Denver Zoo retains the policy to maturity, or you name it as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to Denver Zoo.
Gifts of Securities

You can use stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have grown in value to create your legacy with Denver Zoo.

Potential benefits:

  • You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of what you give (up to a maximum percentage of your adjusted gross income as dictated by tax law).
  • You could possibly avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock you give.
Gifts of Real Estate

You could consider donating real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property.

Potential benefits:

  • You could reduce your taxes.
  • You might live in your home or use your properties for the rest of your life while receiving monthly payments from Denver Zoo.

To create a world where wildlife conservation matters, contact Josie Stewart, Gift Planning Manager,
at (720) 337-1463 or

Need assistance? We're here to help!

Josie Stewart

Josie Stewart

Gift Planning Manager

Marianna DiVietro

Marianna DiVietro

Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund