Planned Giving

Give the gift of a lifetime

Nashville Zoo recently established the Croft Society, a planned giving recognition group. Membership is available to individuals who include the Zoo in their estate plans. The Zoo’s endowment will be the beneficiary of these gifts and will certainly have a lasting impact, enabling this organization to thrive for generations to come. 

As you may know, the Zoo’s presence at Grassmere was founded in a legacy gift from Margaret and Elise Croft, the last remaining descendants of the property’s original owner. The sisters often spoke of the importance of the land which they considered far greater than its monetary value. It was their love and respect for the property that led them to donate the farm, which eventually became home to our Zoo, to the people of Nashville. Given the Croft family’s significance to Nashville Zoo, it seems extremely befitting that the planned giving society be named in their honor. Doing so allows us to share the historic nature of the property, while ensuring that the Croft legacy continues in perpetuity.

Join the Croft Society

Please consider including Nashville Zoo in your estate plans, and become an inaugural member of the Croft Society. No matter the size of the gift, which may include bequests, charitable trusts, beneficiary designations, or remainder interest in a residence, donors will be remembered as friends and benefactors of Nashville Zoo for generations to come. 

Additionally, we would like to recognize these generous contributors during their lifetimes. To share our appreciation for their investments in the Zoo, members will be invited to a special event each year, listed in the annual report, and recognized on a commemorative display prominently featured within the Zoo. We are confident the Croft Society will help to strengthen our endowment and ensure the future success of Nashville Zoo.

Let Us Know Your Intentions

If you have already included Nashville Zoo in your estate plans, please let us know of your intentions by following this link to print, complete, and return the Croft Society bequest form to:

Nashville Zoo
Attn: Suzanne Iler
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

For more information on the Croft Society and designating a planned gift for Nashville Zoo, please contact Suzanne Iler at 615-833-1534 ext.128 or