Planned Giving

A message from Board Chairman Jim Hogle:          

JimHogle“My grandparents always had a strong love for children and animals. In the early 1930s, my grandfather donated the land for the Zoo, to provide a suitable home for the animals and a wonderful place for family learning and enjoyment for generations to come. He and my grandmother watched over its growth for decades and saw it flourish and develop in ways that made them proud of their initial gift. They passed along their love and concern for the Zoo and its future to my father and to me. But this Zoo is not just a personal family legacy. It is a Utah institution with deep roots of affection throughout the state. You, too, can play a meaningful role in the future of this great institution.”

“I hope you’ll consider making a gift to the Zoo’s Endowment. There are numerous ways mentioned on this page, but others are available, as well. Just call the Development Office for more details.”

The Zoo has a mission to nurture respect and appreciation for the natural world by providing diverse education, recreational and conservation opportunities. It strives to accomplish this through imaginative exhibits, professional animal care and a commitment to excellence.  Your long-term support can have a major impact.

Help ensure that your Zoo will continue to delight and educate visitors, carrying out its mission for generations to come. A gift to the Zoo’s endowment also offers you many personal and financial benefits such as:

  • Increased cash flow
  • Charitable tax deduction
  • Avoidance of capital-gains tax
  • Reduced estate taxes


The easiest way to make a gift to the unrestricted endowment is to name Utah’s Hogle Zoo in your will or trust, as a beneficiary of a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your total estate. Gifts from IRAs and 401(k)s can usually be financially beneficial from a tax perspective. The bequest can consist of property, securities, cash, real estate, or anything else of value.


These are very versatile planned gifts, with many advantages to both the donor and to the Zoo. In a charitable remainder trust, you receive income for your lifetime and, upon your death, the remaining assets go to the Zoo’s endowment. In a charitable lead trust, the income goes to the Zoo for a set period of time and, after that, the remainder passes to the person(s) you have designated. There are numerous tax advantages to each trust.

Gifts of Life Insurance

You can also consider supporting the Zoo with the gift of a paid-up Life Insurance Policy or by making the Zoo the beneficiary of a life insurance policy

If you would like more information on any of these ways to support the mission of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, or to discuss ideas that you might have, please contact Melissa Saalfield in the Development Office or 801-584-4570 for a confidential conversation. Perpetual naming opportunities are also available. Please also consult with your own legal and financial advisors. If you wish to donate now, click the button below.