The zoo foundation’s education campaign got a huge boost recently from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, which announced it will award a $244,000 grant to "top off" the $1.5 million fundraising effort. (Oregon Zoo)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
The Oregon Zoo has earned a $224,000 grant in support of the zoo foundation’s education campaign.
The campaign aims to raise a total of $1.5 million in order to enhance the zoo’s education programs.
This gift from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a “top-off grant” that will be awarded once the amount of the grant is all the zoo needs in order to reach their goal.
"We hope this grant inspires others to join us in creating a education hub that will benefit our community for generations," Paula Little, OZF's interim director, said in a release. "The $244,000 comes as a 'top off' and will be awarded once that amount is all we need to complete the campaign. Right now, every donation at every level gets us one step closer to receiving that grant and reaching our goal."
The campaign is set to raise support in order to provide improvements to classrooms, work space, technology and additional staff for the zoo's education center that is scheduled to open in spring 2017.
Zoo officials said they also hope the funding will create the opportunity to extend out-reach efforts to children in the Portland metro area who might not be able to visit.
"Our new education center will be a premier learning and conservation resource," Oregon Zoo Education Curator Grant Spickelmier added. "However, the building alone will not protect wildlife. Gifts to the campaign will enhance the center and provide tools needed to help future conservationists take action on behalf of the natural world. Gifts also expand access to education through scholarship support as well as funding programs that reach kids from low-income communities."
To learn more or to make a contribution call 503-220-5707 or visit OregonZoo.org.
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