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The Futures Society

Newest inductees to the Futures Society of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Newest inductees to the Futures Society of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Since its founding in 1873, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has evolved into one of the finest zoos in the world. Six generations of Cincinnatians have ensured the financial stability of this beloved community resource by including the Cincinnati Zoo in their estate plans. Thanks to their generosity and foresight, the Zoo has a world class research team, an award-winning botanical garden, exceptional educational programs and unique exhibits.

The Futures Society was established in 1985 to recognize and honor those individuals who have established a living legacy through a bequest or other planned gift arrangement. Member benefits include:

  • Lifetime membership in the Society
  • A Certificate of Membership
  • Invitations to special Zoo events and celebrations
  • Free year's membership in the Andrew Erkenbrecher Society
  • Private tour by park vehicle

View some photos of our annual spring dinner!

Today there are over 330 Futures Society members. If you would like more information about becoming a Futures member, please contact the planned giving team at 513-487-3342.

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
(513) 559-7716

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I [name], living at [complete address], give, devise and bequeath to the Cincinnati Zoo Foundation, a not-for-profit Ohio corporation supporting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (the "Zoo"), [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] to be used by the Society in such manner as is deemed most useful for the purposes of the Zoo."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Zoo or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Zoo as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Zoo as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Zoo where you agree to make a gift to the Zoo and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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