Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Offers #GivingTuesday Opportunities to Save and Conserve Wildlife
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has announced its participation in #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give that culminates with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. #GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort by a unique blend of charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people participate in the giving season, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping.
According to GLAZA President Connie Morgan, "We invite people to participate in #GivingTuesday by playing a personal role in conserving and saving wildlife through donating to one or more of GLAZA's programs. In keeping with the season's spirit, donations can be made in honor of a loved one, as a gift to a friend or familymember, or simply for the giver."
Among GLAZA's giving opportunities:
ADOPT AN ANIMAL
SUPPORT BEHAVIORAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
PROVIDE A SCHOLARSHIP TO SEND ONE CHILD TO ZOOCAMP
PROVIDE A SCHOLARSHIP TO SEND A BUS-LOAD OF STUDENTS TO THE ZOO
MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO SUPPORT THE ZOO’S MISSION
#GivingTuesday began when a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y, seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. The concept gained steam, leading to a group of founding partners including the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. Each week, new organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results. “#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, founded in 1963 has funded plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for more than five decades. GLAZA also builds and invests endowment funds and operates seven essential departments on behalf of the L.A. Zoo: development, special events, marketing, publications, membership, volunteers, and oversight of the food and retail concessions. There are 73,000 member households in GLAZA representing more than 300,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles. GLAZA additionally boasts a volunteer corps of more than 800 individuals.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit www.#GivingTuesday.org. #GivingTuesday donations may be made online at www.lazoo.org; in person at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027; or by phone at (323) 666-6035.