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Donations to Riverbanks provide important support for key projects in the Zoo and Garden, ranging from building exhibits and improving habitats to assisting with animal care and supporting conservation research.

Individual Giving Opportunities Remember when you would chase butterflies in an open field or scout for toads along the nearby creek? You can help ensure your children and grandchildren will have fond memories like this, too, by participating in one of Riverbanks’ many fundraising programs, all of which support local, regional or international efforts to preserve wildlife and wild places.

Annual Fund

Each year, Riverbanks Society sets aside a special fund to assist with the areas of greatest need within the Zoo and Garden. Donations are tax-deductible and help fulfill the Riverbanks mission.

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Carousel Sponsorships

No need to travel around the world to see exotic animals. Some of the most popular animal sightings at Riverbanks Zoo are the exotic animals on the Endangered Species Carousel. Carousel sponsorships are a permanent way to honor family and friends or remember a special occasion while benefiting local, regional and international conservation efforts.

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Conservation Support Fund

For more than a decade, Riverbanks’ Conservation Support Fund has provided important assistance to conservation biologists involved an array of local, regional and international wildlife conservation projects. Up to half of all available funds each year may be dispersed to projects developed by Riverbanks’ staff, and the remaining funds are distributed to outside researchers.

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Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Honorary or memorial gifts to Riverbanks are a compassionate way to pay tribute to or commemorate a friend or family member while ensuring the animals at the Zoo continue to receive the best care. A personalized letter of acknowledgment will be mailed to the person being honored or to the family of your loved one announcing your generous gift to Riverbanks on behalf of this special person.

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Library Wish Fund

Making a donation to Riverbanks’ Library Wish Fund is a thoughtful way to honor or remember a loved one while helping to maintain the highest quality Zoological & Botanical Library in the Southeast. Each book includes a bookplate inscribed with the name of the donor as well as that of the person being honored.

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Make Our Garden Glow Campaign

Honor your loved one with the sponsorship of an exquisite, handcrafted luminary at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

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Matching Gifts

You can double-or even triple-your gift to the Zoo by participating in your employer’s Matching Gifts program. Additional funds raised through matching gifts at Riverbanks enables us to continue to expand, renovate and rebuild, enhancing our ability to remain one of the country’s top zoos.

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Silverback Society Planned Giving

The Silverback Society Planned Giving program offers many giving opportunities that benefit you and the Zoo. From gifts of cash, stock, insurance, real estate, lead trusts to bequests, the Silverback Society program is designed to assist you in planning your contributions with the latest tax guidelines in mind.

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Tribute Brick Campaign

Looking for a timeless, heartfelt gift for someone wild about the Zoo? Donate a brick in his or her honor and the family name or your special message will become a part of Riverbanks’ history.

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Wild Parents Sponsorship

Wild about wildlife? Sponsor an animal at the Zoo. Sponsorship is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Your Wild Parent sponsorship will help provide care to your favorite animal and support the preservation of its species.

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Corporate Giving Opportunities From philanthropic gifts to corporate sponsorships, small businesses to large corporations, partnering with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is naturally rewarding. All sponsorships support the Zoo and Garden’s ongoing conservation and education efforts, striving to enhance the future for the animals, our children and the community.

Carousel Sponsorships

More than 30,000 children ride the Endangered Species Carousel each year. Carousel sponsorships are a highly visible way to show your business cares about the future of the animals, our children and the community.

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Community Partners

Riverbanks is paving the way for nature with this unique corporate partnership program, which offers visibility, publicity, networking and extraordinary gathering opportunities.

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Event Sponsorships

Take advantage of high visibility opportunities with an event sponsorship. From the wildly popular Riverbanks ZOOfari fundraiser to the family-friendly Boo at the Zoo, your company’s participation in any of Riverbanks events can make a world of difference.

Matching Gifts

Your employees can double-or even triple-their gifts to the Zoo by participating in your Matching Gifts program. Additional funds raised through matching gifts at Riverbanks enables us to continue to expand, renovate and rebuild, enhancing our ability to remain one of the country’s top zoos.

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Tribute Brick Campaign

Looking for a unique employee reward or retirement gift? Donate a brick in his or her honor and your special message will become a part of Riverbanks’ history.

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About Riverbanks Society

Established in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens, Riverbanks Society continues today as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the needs of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position within the community as the premier family choice for education and recreation.

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