Ways to Give



Members not only support the Zoo, but receive fantastic benefits! Check out our membership pages for more information.

Children on the Bear Statue




Contributions to the Zoological Society are essential to the maintenance and future growth of the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Cash donations help us connect people of all ages to nature through educational programming, family events and conservation efforts.



A gift of appreciated securities (e.g. stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares) can supply much-needed support for the zoo’s conservation, research, education and animal care programs and provide you with financial benefits as well. When you make a contribution of appreciated securities, the gift will be credited at the fair market value, with no tax applied to the appreciated portion of the securities (e.g. no recognition of capital gains). Additionally, you may receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the fair market value of the securities.

If you are considering a gift of appreciated securities, please do not sell them first and give the proceeds to the Zoo – you may miss some important tax benefits. In order to avoid capital gains tax, it is usually more advantageous to contribute the appreciated securities to the Zoo directly than selling the securities and giving the proceeds to the Zoo.

To make a gift of appreciated securities, have your broker contact the Zoological Society to arrange the transfer to the zoo’s account. Please note, although it is possible to make the gift without disclosure of your name, Buttonwood Park Zoological Society cannot properly credit your gift or provide a gift receipt for tax purposes without knowledge of the original donor.



One way to show how much the zoo has touched a life is to give a gift in honorarium or in memory. The zoo sends acknowledgement of your gift to a friend or family member upon your instruction.


Matching Employer Gifts

A matching gift is an easy way to increase the impact of the money you donate to the zoo. Many companies will match the gifts made by their employees and retirees to a qualified non-profit organization, such as the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.

It’s easy! Just complete your company’s matching gift form and mail to:

Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
Attn: Matching Gifts
425 Hawthorn Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Any questions please call the Zoological Society at (508) 991-4556 x 119.


Wish List

Take a look at our Wish List. If you would like to donate or help purchase any of these items, please contact the Zoological Society before obtaining the item to ensure it is still needed.

If making a cash donation toward one of our wish list items, please send your contribution to:

Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
Attn: Wish List
425 Hawthorn Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Be sure to include a note containing the item name and that it is a wish list item. Providing this information will ensure we use your gift as intended. Also, if donating an item, please call (508) 991-4556 x 117 to schedule an appointment so we can make sure one of our staff is available to receive your gift.


Planned Giving

Planned gifts to the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society endowment will help the zoo to grow and flourish for current and future generations. Your children, grandchildren and their children will have a wonderful zoo to visit and appreciate due largely to the generosity of those who had the foresight to make planned gifts to our endowment. Through your planned gift to the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society endowment fund, you will have a lasting impact on the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!