Grantee Profile

Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo

Grants to Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo

  • $625,000

    2016 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Zoological Society (the Society), started in 1921, is most well-known for its primary program, the Brookfield Zoo. The Brookfield Zoo is located on 216 acres west of Chicago, and houses more than 4,300 animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The Brookfield Zoo is recognized as one of the top zoos in the nation and Chicago’s most popular outdoor cultural attraction: 2.1 million individuals visit its exhibits annually. In addition to running the Brookfield Zoo, the Society runs two Centers: the Center for Animal Care and Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership. In each of these three primary areas of work, the Society’s programs focus on education and community outreach, research, and conservation. It holds conservation partnerships with a number of local, national, and international organizations, including the Dallas Zoo and Bioparque Temaiken in Argentina. This award is recommended as renewed support for the general operations of Chicago Zoological Society.

  • $500,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of the Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $240,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of the Hamill Family Play Zoo endowment, the Learning Center, and planning activities for exhibition facilities for reptiles, amphibians and birds (over three years).

  • $60,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $50,000

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — To support the project Explore! A Child's Nature.

  • $50,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — To support the project Explore! A Child's Nature.

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo $2,855,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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