Major Gifts

Horace Cleveland Society

Yesterday’s Vision is Today’s Legacy

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory was founded in 1897 by visionaries and volunteers who saw the need for a great public green space where Minnesota families could come to reconnect with nature—and with each other.

A century later, there are few places like Como Park Zoo and Conservatory anywhere else. Owned by all, enjoyed by all, and free to all, Como is Minnesota’s most visited cultural institution, welcoming two million children and adults every year.

The Horace Cleveland Society is a major gift program committed to preserving Como’s long history and bright future. By making an unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 and above to Como Friends, you help Como thrive by investing in:

  • Priority improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Daily education programs that are offered free of charge to every visitor
  • Operations to help keep Como free and accessible 365 days a year

As a member of The Horace Cleveland Society, you’ll also enjoy access 
to special events at Como as well as benefits in appreciation for your gift.

Horace Cleveland Society levels and benefits:


Join Como Friends at our annual Horace Cleveland Society private reception


See Como behind the scenes with a tour from a Como Zoo keeper or a horticulturist at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory


Celebrate with a private birthday party in the Polar Bear Lodge or enjoy a private “Discovery Series” class for up to 10 adults


Enjoy a three-hour weekday rental of the Polar Bear Lodge, or host a 90-minute weeknight reception in the Sunken Garden


Let Como come to you with an education program at a location of your choice

  • Waive benefits for 100 percent tax-deductibility and you will still receive Como Friends membership card and all associated privileges.

Learn More

  • Planned Giving

    Protect Como for generations to come

  • Como Friends at 15

    The nonprofit fundraising force at Como celebrates a new milestone

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.

  • Sponsor a Garden

    Help the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory grow.