EIN 84-0502539

Denver Zoological Foundation

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Denver Zoological Foundation operates as a non-profit organization. They provide animal care, exceeding professional standards for animal welfare and management, veterinary care, behavioral enrichment, and nutrition and staff training.
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Program areas at Denver Zoological Foundation

Animal sciences: Denver zoo's mission is inspiring communities to save wildlife for future generations. Our largest program area is caring for our animal residents. Denver zoo is a recognized leader in all areas relating to quality care for our animal collection as we are focused on providing the best nutritional, emotional, social, and physical care possible.denver zoo is accredited by the aza and recently certified by american humane. Animal welfare is everyone's job at Denver zoo - all staff have annual required training on this important topic.
Guest services: Denver zoo exists to help our community connect with wildlife here and around the world so that we can all be part of the solution to helping species thrive. Our passion and reason for being is to inspire communities to save wildlife for future generations.we achieve this by providing an outstanding guest experience each and every day. In 2019, Denver zoo served nearly 1.9m people through zoo visits and outreach programs. The zoo monitors and evaluates the visitor experience through a mystery shopper program, guest comment cards and extensive guest satisfaction surveys. (see schedule o)denver zoo brings the wonder of animals and nature to people like no other place in the city. Where else in Denver can parents and children hear the squeal of a tapir, be splashed by a sea lion, or touch the 18 inch long tongue of a giraffe? Interacting with animals and the staff and volunteers who passionately introduce them to guests makes Denver zoo a unique destination. Pathways, gardens, signs, and every part of the zoo environment engages the senses and transports guests to new places. Hands-on exploration and self-guided discovery are key aspects throughout the park, helping foster human and animal connections and cultivating moments of awe.
Learning experiences: Denver zoo's learning & engagement team aims to help students, families, and communities connect with the environment, become scientific thinkers, and ultimately champions for animals. In 2019, Denver zoo, with the help of dedicated supporters, awarded more than $214,000 to high-need individuals, classes, schools, aftercare sites, community centers, civic groups, and more. These scholarships supported nearly 30,000 people who participated in a wide variety of early childhood and youth education programs, including field trips, camps, overnight experiences, outreach programs, transportation reimbursement, and other stipends (see schedule o)that connect our community to the wonder of animals.approximately half of the zoo's education programs are conducted off the zoo campus in surrounding communities, with nearly 37,000 participating in special "zoo to you community outreach" programs in 2019. These programs served many members of low income and at-risk populations. The average free and reduced rate of the schools served by "zoo to you community outreach" programs was 66%. The average combined non-white ethnicities of the schools' student demographics were 65%, (49% hispanic or latino).one of the educational highlights of 2019 was expanding our efforts in connecting children and families to nature through nature play programming. We're committed to helping families connect with the natural world and the wonderful nature we have right in downtown denver.now at the zoo, families can explore and play in nature at the brand new zofnass barclay family nature play trail, which opened in october 2019.

Grants made by Denver Zoological Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Conservation Science Partners2019 Support$18,965
Idea Wild2019 Support$5,000

Who funds Denver Zoological Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Colorado Zoological TrustSupport for General Operations, Conservation and Research Programs, and Education Programs.$966,600
Schlessman FoundationSupport$200,000
Schwab Charitable FundEnvironmental and Animals$166,900
...and 36 more grants received totalling $2,061,919

Personnel at Denver Zoological Foundation

Bert VescolaniChief Executive Officer$393,407
Charles WrightChief Financial Officer and Treasurer$239,496
Marie RevenewVice President of External Relations$160,647
George PondSenior Vice President of Design and Campus MGMT.$181,277
Amber ChristopherSenior Vice President of Guest Experiences$196,839
...and 12 more key personnel

Financials for Denver Zoological Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$30,661,691
Program services$21,631,465
Investment income and dividends$313,636
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,750
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$129,391
Total revenues$52,738,933

Form 990s for Denver Zoological Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122020-12-01990View PDF
2018-122019-10-12990View PDF
2017-122018-10-16990View PDF
2016-122017-09-12990View PDF
2015-122016-10-17990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Organizations like Denver Zoological Foundation

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Houston ZooHouston, TX$73,932,331
Chicago Zoological SocietyBrookfield, IL$59,844,719
Lincoln Park Zoological SocietyChicago, IL$51,352,751
Columbus Zoological Park AssociationPowell, OH$84,038,749
Philadelphia ZooPhiladelphia, PA$26,529,421
Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA$20,822,460
Utah Zoological SocietySalt Lake City, UT$18,231,670
Data update history
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from McCune Charitable Foundation
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 21 new grant, including a grant for $966,600 from Colorado Zoological Trust
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
February 4, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
November 28, 2020
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205
Metro area
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
Denver County, CO
Website URL
Facebook page
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D50: Zoo, Zoological Society
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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