BECOME A CORPORATE PARTNER!
Welcome to the wild world of corporate partnership with the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium! As a leading zoo and aquarium in the United States, we offer a unique opportunity for corporations to partner with us and support our efforts to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people. By becoming a corporate partner, your company can make a significant impact on wildlife conservation efforts while also gaining valuable exposure to our millions of annual visitors. Whether you’re interested in sponsoring an exhibit, hosting an event, or providing in-kind donations, we offer a range of customizable partnership opportunities to meet your business needs. Join us in our mission to connect people to wildlife and inspire communities to conserve nature for future generations.
benefits of corporate membership
- Brand Visibility: Gain exposure and visibility for your brand through promotional materials, signage, and recognition at the zoo’s events and exhibits.
- Community Involvement: Demonstrate your company’s commitment to the local community by supporting a beloved institution and contributing to wildlife conservation efforts.
- Networking Opportunities: Connect with other corporate partners, donors, and community leaders through exclusive networking events and collaborations.
- Employee Engagement: Enhance employee morale and engagement by providing them with access to the zoo’s attractions, events, and educational programs.
- Team Building: Strengthen team dynamics and foster a sense of camaraderie through unique team-building activities and experiences offered exclusively to corporate partners.
- Client Entertainment: Impress and entertain clients by offering them access to special events, VIP experiences, and behind-the-scenes tours at the zoo.
- Philanthropic Alignment: Align your company with a meaningful cause and support the zoo’s conservation initiatives, promoting a positive brand image and corporate social responsibility.
- Employee Discounts: Provide discounted admission rates and special offers to your employees, encouraging them to explore the zoo with their families and friends.
- Brand Association: Leverage the positive reputation and strong brand equity of the zoo to enhance your company’s image and strengthen brand associations.
- Customized Partnerships: Tailor your partnership to meet your company’s specific objectives, such as targeted marketing campaigns, collaborative projects, or themed events.
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By sponsoring a habitat, event, or experience at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, your company gains the opportunity to connect with a growing and engaged audience. Here are the benefits of sponsoring with us:
- Diverse and Cost-Effective Options: We offer a wide range of sponsorship options that suit different budgets and objectives, ensuring a cost-effective way to promote your brand.
- Outstanding Visibility Among Your Customer Bases: Sponsorship provides excellent visibility among your target customer groups, allowing you to increase brand recognition and reach a receptive audience.
- Access to Families with Buying Power: Through sponsorship, you gain access to families who possess significant purchasing power, offering valuable marketing opportunities.
Several habitats at the Zoo are available for sponsorship. Your sponsorship not only supports important education, breeding, and conservation programs but also provides substantial visibility to all Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium guests.
EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium hosts various special events throughout the year, including our popular signature event, Summer Safari, which attracts over 1,500 guests who enjoy a memorable time with the animals. Additionally, we organize a variety of events throughout the year that cater to different audiences, ensuring there is always an event that aligns with your business needs.
Over one million visitors come to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium each year, with many of them enjoying interactive shows, feedings, and unique animal encounters. By becoming a presenting sponsor, your company can offer a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium hosts several innovative learning programs, and sponsoring these valuable educational experiences helps support and enhance these vital initiatives.
EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT TAX CREDIT
Every year, the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium actively involves numerous students from schools across the region in our innovative environmental education programs. Our classes align with the academic standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for science, technology, and environment/ecology subjects.
Due to this commitment, we have been officially recognized as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the PA Department of Education. If your business has tax liabilities in Pennsylvania, we can partner with you through the EITC program to provide tax credits. If you’re unfamiliar with EITC, you can learn more about it on the DCED’s EITC website.
Participating in the EITC program allows your company to potentially receive a Pennsylvania tax credit of up to 90% of your contribution to the Pittsburgh Zoo. When factoring in the impact on federal taxes, your contribution can result in nearly a 100% benefit for your company.
It’s important to note that the EITC program offers a tax credit, not just a tax deduction, to businesses approved by EITC. To qualify, you need to provide proof of a contribution to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium equivalent to 75% of the total amount donated during the tax year. Furthermore, a tax credit equal to 90% of the total amount contributed is granted if you commit in writing to contribute the same amount for two consecutive years.
By participating in the EITC program, your dollars stay within our community to specifically benefit the innovative conservation education programs offered by the Pittsburgh Zoo. Additionally, your company can enjoy valuable public relations benefits through this program. Ultimately, your involvement can have a positive impact on the educational success of thousands of students.
We rely on earned program revenue as well as the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals who prioritize conservation and environmental concepts through engaging STEM-focused studies. Therefore, if your company benefits from the EITC program, we kindly request that you consider making the Pittsburgh Zoo a recipient of your corporate philanthropy as well.
Please mail your PA EITC tax-credit donation to:
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium,
Attn: EITC Program
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
In return, the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium will be sure to meet the DCED’s acknowledgment requirements.
What do we mean by in-kind donations? An in-kind donation refers to a non-cash gift that is given to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, which can include goods, services, time, and expertise. Both individuals and companies, including corporations and businesses, can contribute in-kind donations. We appreciate and welcome in-kind donations, especially those related to habitat and animal care, if they are currently needed. However, please reach out to us beforehand to verify whether we can accept a particular item.
CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS & MATCHING GIFTS
To learn more about Corporate Matching Gifts and Matching Gifts, please reach out to your employee portal, Finance, or HR Department.
Companies of all sizes have programs in place to match donations made by their employees or their family members to nonprofits. This practice provides an easy and structured way for companies to support philanthropic work within their communities. In today’s world, Corporate Social Responsibility plays a significant role in shaping public perception of brands and companies. By participating in corporate matching gift programs, you can amplify the impact of your donation without needing to contribute additional funds. If you’re unsure about your company’s matching gift policy, you can inquire with your Finance or HR Department. Alternatively, let us know, and we can inquire on your behalf.
During your company’s United Way campaign, you can make a difference through payroll deduction. By specifying code #223611 on your pledge form, you can direct your charitable gift to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, which is one of the options available as part of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Contributor’s Choice Charity program.