Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo (FOLRZ) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization established
in 1975 to encourage and aid the development of the Lee Richardson Zoo as an
educational and recreational center. All proceeds from gift shop sales, special events,
Adopt-An-Animal program, memorials, and other donations are used for
improvements to the zoo.
Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo appreciates your interest in our planned giving
opportunities. Please know that your planned gift can help build our endowment to
ensure a stable financial future for your zoo. You can also receive a number of tax
benefits such as a reduction in estate, gift and/or current income taxes.
Wills, trusts and estate plans are all great ways to leave a planned gift. These gifts
demonstrate your support of the zoo and help the Lee Richardson Zoo continue to be
Southwest Kansas' most popular family attraction.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Name the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo as beneficiary on your life insurance policy,
name Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo as the policy owner.
New Tax Law
A maximum of $100,000 a year can be donated
from regular IRAs or Roths. But, the IRA owner must be at least
70½ when the distribution is made, and the payouts cannot go to
either donor-advised funds or supporting private foundations.
The donation will not be taxable to the donor and will count
toward the required minimum distribution for the year. The
change applies to 2012 and 2013.
For more information about the Planned Giving Program, please contact the FOLRZ
office at 620.276.6243. All inquiries are held in the strictest of confidence. A Memorial
Program brochure is found below.
The information above does not constitute legal or financial advice, and should not
be relied upon as a substitute for professional legal, estate planning, and financial
advice before deciding on a course of action. All information submitted will be held in
HONORARY AND MEMORIAL GIFTS
The Lee Richardson Zoo sees over 200,000 visitors each year. With this impact on the
community, it’s no wonder the Lee Richardson Zoo is a wonderful place to celebrate
with honorary and memorial gifts. You can commemorate important milestones, honor
an entire lifetime or celebrate a special anniversary with a gift to the Friends of Lee
Richardson Zoo. Two items that are used as honorary or memorial gifts are recycled
plastic benches and engraved bricks.
Recycled Plastic Memorial Benches
• A bench that will be appreciated with an inscription to be remembered for
decades to come!
• Handsome and long-lasting recycled plastic construction
• Maintenance-free and easy to assemble
• Customize your bench with a company name or message
• 20 characters per board
• Add $9.00 each for additional characters
• Custom images are $60 each (with image, one time set-up charge $60)
• Four color schemes to choose from:
The Rotary Club
In Loving Memory of…
Class of 2008
Price - $1,500 (additional costs for additional lettering or custom image)
Price includes the 6 foot bench, wording on two boards (20 characters per board),
shipping and installation. Location of bench is to be approved by zoo director.
Reserve your place in history for you and your family members today.
engraved brick with a name, a company name or even have a sentence engraved
across more than one.
Your contribution can make a "lasting impression" for
birthdays, wedding or anniversary gifts, holiday gifts or memories.
There are 2 lines per brick with 17 lettersper line.
The bricks are currently being installed inside the Wild Asia exhibit.
one brick is $30.00 or for a limited time, four
bricks for only $100.
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