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ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY

Conserve * Educate * Support

aka Zoological Society of Milwaukee   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.zoosociety.org

Mission

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Ruling year info

1956

President/CEO

Ms. Jodi M Gibson

Main address

10005 W Bluemound Rd

Milwaukee, WI 53226 USA

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EIN

39-6077242

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animals around the world are in trouble. Many of the planet's most beloved species, along with some you've never heard of, are in danger of extinction; conservative estimates say that the Earth is losing 200 to 2,000 species per year, and it could be 50 times that amount. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee works in the areas of conservation to help species and education to teach children and adults about animals. It also supports the Milwaukee County Zoo, one of the area's top cultural attractions and the only place where many Milwaukee-area families will ever see some of these animals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Support to the Milwaukee County Zoo

We provide cash support to ensure the Milwaukee County Zoo is a world class zoo.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children

We provide indirect support to ensure the Milwaukee County Zoo is a world class zoo.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children

We support and oversee conservation projects that protect endangered species around the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The Zoological Society is currently working with the Zoo on a Window to the Wild Capital Campaign to reimagine the Zoo over the next 25 years. The first phase of the campaign supports Adventure Africa, which will include new exhibits for elephants, African hoofstock, hippos and rhinos. The Society aims to raise $25 million for Adventure Africa and has raised more than $19 million so far.

• The Zoological Society offers classes and camps for children ages infant to 14 and adults and operates school programs and internship programs.
• Kohl's Wild Theater is the largest zoo-based theater group in the nation, a partnership between Kohl's Cares, the Zoological Society and the Zoo.
• The Society operates the Zoo Pass membership program. Half of the money raised goes to the Zoo in unrestricted funds.
• Each year, the Zoological Society holds an Annual Appeal for a project at the Zoo.
• The Society raises money through 7 fundraising events a year, including a gala, bike ride and family campout.
• The Society raises money through Platypus Circle, a high-end giving program; grants; major gifts; and Simba Circle, a legacy giving program.
• Zoo Pride serves as the volunteer auxiliary of the Society & Zoo.
• The Society supports the conservation work of Zoo staff in Milwaukee and around the world, including zookeeper exchanges and research in Belize, giraffe conservation in Namibia, migratory bird studies in Milwaukee, iguana conservation in the Caribbean and more. It also supports two veterinary residencies at the Zoo’s Animal Health Center and research by the Zoo’s veterinary staff on heart disease in great apes.

• The Zoological Society employs 50 FT and 45 PT. Its Education Department is led by professional educators who are experts in reaching children of many ages, abilities and learning styles. Its Creative Department provides writing, graphics and design support to the Milwaukee County Zoo as well as the Society, completing 650 projects in the most recent fiscal year.
• The Zoological Society is led by a diverse Board of Directors made up of some of the top Milwaukee-area professionals in fields such as finance, marketing and law. Its CEO, Jodi Gibson, has held senior leadership positions at large organizations in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, including 2 Fortune 200 companies. It also has an Associate Board of young professionals.
• The Zoological Society operates on the grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo,

The Zoological Society has supported the Milwaukee County Zoo since 1910. Recent accomplishments include:
• The Society provides $10M a year to the Zoo in cash & in-kind support.
• Zoo Pass membership has tripled in the past 25 years & now reaches nearly 50,000 member households.
• The Education Department reaches about 250,000 people a year through classes, camps, field trips, school programs & Kohl's Wild Theater. Innovative programs such as Animal Connections Continuum, which engages young students in experiences about animals & empathy, keep the Society on the leading edge of conservation education.
• Kohl's Wild Theater has grown to become the nation's largest zoo-based theater group.
• The Society has raised more than $19 million for its Window to the Wild Capital Campaign, which supports the Zoo's new Adventure Africa area. The first phase of Adventure Africa, a new elephant exhibit and African hoofstock exhibit, opened in May 2019. Future phases will include new exhibits for hippos and rhinos.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Derek Tyus

Tami Garrison

John Kissinger

Peggy Kelsey

Jon Sohn

Jay McKenna

Mark Berkoff

Rob Beres

Janette Braverman

Jason Fathallah

Joe Frohna

Jodi Gibson

Margaret Harris

Nezih Hasanoglu

Tanya Hines

Dustin Hinton

Emory Ireland

Christine Irgens

John Kellerman

Dan Kempken

Maria Gonzalez Knavel

Russ Kohl

Joe Kresl

Caroline Krider

Jenna Kunde

Tony Marino

Demond Means

Kat Morrow

Scott Redlinger

Harold Redman

Don Robertson

Joe Rock

Chuck Roedel

Barry Sattell

Rick Schmidt

Roger Smith

Tony Staniak

Judy Holz Stathas

David Strelitz

James Ward

Wendell Willis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data