To make a donation call us at 651-487-8229 or download and return the donation form or click the button below to donate online via PayPal.
Or, if you prefer, you may give through GiveMN.org
Can’t remember when to renew? Consider becoming a Sustaining Member of Como Friends to make sure you don’t miss out on a minute of our special members-only previews and Membership Appreciation Days this season. For a $5 minimum monthly contribution, you can make easy payments straight from your checking or savings account, while receiving all our great member benefits throughout the year. Call Como Friends’ Jennifer Downham at 651-487-8296, or mail a voided check or deposit slip with the form below to start your Sustaining Membership today!
A Commemorative Donor Bench recognizes your gift to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory while providing a unique enhancement to the grounds. Commemorative benches are a great way to remember a loved one, a special memory or to be used as a memorial.
Benches include a bronze plaque, located on or near your bench, with your custom message.
Plaques are placed in the available bench location of your choice. Locations will be reserved in order of applications received.
Benches are $5,000. They are suitable for both individuals and corporations.
For more information, call 651-487-8229.
Commemorative bricks are located in Como Zoo’s Donor Plaza located near the Bird Exhibit. A Donor Plaza brick is appropriate for both individuals and corporations and serves as a commemoration of your memories of Como Zoo. Gifts support expanded programs and exhibits at Como Zoo.
Smaller Zoo and Conservatory bricks are SOLD OUT and orders are no longer being accepted.
The cost per brick ranges from $1,000 – $25,000 based on the size of the brick:
2′x2′ bricks custom lettering, $1,000
4′x4′ bricks custom lettering, $10,000
4′x6′ bricks custom lettering, $15,000
6′x6′ bricks custom lettering, $20,000
6′x12′ bricks custom lettering, $25,000
Inscription and Design
A $300 design fee covers any typography and art placement. Art must be supplied by the donor in electronic form, preferably in vector format (Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or .eps files).
Any custom illustrations including portraits must be supplied by the donor. Como friends can refer you to some freelance designers and illustrators.
All final art must be in Vector format to ensure the best engraving.
Bricks are installed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Exact installation dates cannot be predicted because they depend on weather, construction schedules in the park and other circumstances. You will be notified after your brick is installed.
Spring Installation: Bricks must be ordered by January 31.
Fall Installation: Bricks must be ordered by July 31.
Thank you for considering a planned gift to Como Friends to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory!
Como Friend’s Heritage Society honors those who have included Como Friends in their estate plans.
If you have already included Como Friends in your will or retirement plan, please click here and submit a non-binding Letter of Intent. We would like the chance to thank you!
If you are considering leaving a planned gift to Como Friends (to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory), the following information will help you do that.
Como Friends’ tax identification number is 41-1943928
“Como Friends” is the legal name of the non-profit that supports the Zoo & Conservatory
To include Como in your estate, please use this exact designation: Como Friends, a Minnesota non-profit organization with offices currently located at 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul MN 55105; Federal Tax ID #41-1943928.
Gifts to Como Friends will benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. If you have a preference and want to restrict your gift to either the Zoo or Conservatory, please designate Como Zoo or Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in your plans.
We encourage you to notify Como Friends if you have included us in your will so we may thank you, now, for your thoughtfulness. All such information will remain strictly confidential.