Como Friends

Mission Statement

We inspire community generosity in support of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory so it thrives for generations to come.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Como Friends contributed $1,684,372 to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Contributions supported capital improvements, best practices in animal care, the production of beautiful gardens, expanded education programs to reach broad audiences, and free admission for every visitor every day of the year.
Current Goals Como Friends is advancing work on our strategic plan with a focus on being innovative in our fundraising strategy and retail operations to grow support for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Towards this effort, we have introduced a new family-friendly event to the community, expanded our retail operation with a new location, and updated our communications messaging to reinforce the multi-generational experiences at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Community or Constituency Served Como Friends' work benefits Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. The zoo and conservatory host a diverse audience of 1.1 million annual people. Como’s free admission and budget-friendly school programs provide equitable access for people from all walks of life, ensuring that admission is no obstacle to a visit to the zoo and conservatory.
Geographic Area Served Como serves the entire state of Minnesota and surrounding region. An estimated 18 percent are from the City of St. Paul, 14 percent are from Minneapolis, 32 percent are from the surrounding seven-county metro area, 20 percent are from Greater Minnesota, and 15 percent are from outside the state, and 1 percent are international visitors

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 10/27/2022

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-487-8230

General Information

Alternative Name: No other names
EIN: 41-1943928
Principal Staff: Jackie Sticha
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 30
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: Como Friends raises funds for improvements at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for the 1.1 million annual visitors.
Ruling Year: 1999


Board Chair: Steve Proeschel
Number of Board Members: 23
Board Meetings with Quorum: 10
Average Member Attendance: 18.7

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