3-Year Giving Plan Focuses Zoo's Donor Acquisition Efforts

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a top family attraction with more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species.

Itprovides educational opportunities on endangered and threatened species and great outdoor fun for kids and adults of all ages. The Zoo partnered with TGC for the development of a three-year philanthropy plan and board training.


Bridgeport, CT

Services Provided
  • Program Strategy, Evaluation & Planning
  • Case for Support
  • Program Management
  • Leadership & Board Training

The Need

Beardsley Zoo is interested in a highly practical, implementable, and effective approach to stimulating a healthy and sustainable organization. The competition for funding, visitors, and awareness necessitate an innovative approach to identifying new and expanded philanthropic opportunities.


The Solution

TGC partnered with the Zoo to perform a development office audit to assess whether the office infrastructure, fundraising capabilities, systems and culture are sufficient to implement a comprehensive giving program. We worked with the Zoo to create an environment where the board and development staff can thrive and where the fundraising programs are attractive to their donors. TGC crafted the Zoo’s Case for Support and prepared a three-year giving plan and strategy.


The Impact

The Zoo with TGC as counsel is implementing a three-year strategic development plan with a focus on donor acquisition in preparation for a comprehensive capital and endowment campaign celebrating the Zoo’s upcoming 100th anniversary. Short-term goals include the development of a series of exhibit and educational specific case statements to encourage major gift support.

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