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Keematee Trust

The Keematee Trust of Philadelphia Zoo


/ˈKEEmə tē/

A Hindi word meaning precious. A rare treasure to be held in the highest regard.

Keematee, a bear cub born just before the Zoo’s unexpected closure in 2020, served as a beacon of light in the shadow of an uncertain time. Together, families watched from home as she grew and tumbled into hearts. Bursting with cub energy, Keematee represents hope for her vulnerable species, and embodies Philadelphia Zoo’s mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for wildlife.

With her name, we honor those who are protecting that mission. The Keematee Trust was established to honor donors who are ushering America’s first zoo through the most critical time in its history with philanthropic gifts totaling $25,000 or more.

Members of The Keematee Trust will be recognized on a unique, onsite donor recognition display and celebrated during a special event in 2021. In the meantime, Philadelphia Zoo graciously recognizes the generosity of these guardians who are securing our future in the list below:

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Dee and Nick Adams
  • Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino 🐾
  • Miriam Bernstein
  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck
  • Alison M. Byers
  • Ann and Jerry Calvert 🐾
  • Jennifer and Gus Carey
  • Betsyann Carter
  • Rhoda and Michael Danziger
  • Kathryn A. Donnelly
  • Holly and Orlando Esposito
  • Alexandra M. Estey
  • Julie and Ronald Fairman 🐾
  • Marilyn and Richard Faris 🐾
  • Marie and Joseph Field
  • Katie and Jack Ginter 🐾
  • Gail M. Golightly and David E. Moyer
  • Kamla and Raj Gupta
  • Shaina and Nathaniel Hamilton🐾
  • Jessica and Aaron Hardy
  • Joanne and Jon Harmelin
  • Susan Hollenstein and Howard D. Ross 🐾
  • Virginia and Harvey Kimmel
  • Joanna McNeil Lewis 🐾
  • Ann and Charles Marshall 🐾
  • Katie and Bill McNabb 🐾
  • Jennifer and Robert McNeil
  • Michael K. Pearson 🐾
  • Robin M. Potter and Peter G. Gould 🐾
  • Sharon and Scott Rankin🐾
  • Caroline B. Rogers 🐾
  • Gail E. Seygal
  • Barbara and Neil Smit 🐾
  • Melissa and Andrew Smith 🐾
  • Marilyn L. Steinbright
  • Carolyn and Robert Turner ­🐾
  • Patricia and John Walsh 🐾
  • Constance and Sankey Williams
  • ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation
  • Albert M. Greenfield Foundation
  • The Arcadia Foundation
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • The Barra Foundation
  • Blitzer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The CHG Charitable Trust
  • Cigna
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Davenport Family Foundation
  • Delphi Project Foundation
  • Dorrance H. Hamilton Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Estate of Florence M. Hauber
  • Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
  • Grace and Arch Fund
  • Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Harmelin Media
  • Harris Philanthropies
  • Hess Foundation
  • Huplits Foundation Trust
  • Independence Foundation
  • Joanna McNeil Trust
  • Joseph and Marie Field Foundation
  • Maine Community Foundation
  • National Philanthropic Trust
  • Philadelphia Foundation
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust
  • Qualcomm Charitable Match Program
  • R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
  • Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company
  • Russell E. and Jean P. Barr CRUT
  • Sandy River Charitable Foundation
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving
  • Turner Family Foundation
  • UGI Corporation
  • UJALA Foundation
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • Vanguard Group Foundation
  • Vanguard Matching Gift Program
  • William Penn Foundation
  • W. P. Carey Foundation

🐾 Board Member


The Keematee Trust of Philadelphia Zoo recognizes the generous donors who have made cumulative contributions totaling $25,000 or more to support Zoo operations during Fiscal Year 2021 (March 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021).

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list which is updated regularly. If there is an error please email [email protected].


Learn More

To learn more about The Keematee Trust or ways to support Philadelphia Zoo, contact Daniele Greiner, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at [email protected].