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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:

  • Dee and Nick Adams
  • Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino 🐾
  • Miriam Bernstein
  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck
  • Ann and Jerry Calvert 🐾
  • Betsyann Carter
  • Rhoda and Michael Danziger
  • Holly and Orlando Esposito 🐾
  • Alexandra M. Estey
  • Julie and Ronald Fairman 🐾
  • Marilyn and Richard Faris 🐾
  • Marie and Joseph Field
  • Katie and Jack Ginter 🐾
  • Jessica and Aaron Hardy
  • Joanne and Jon Harmelin
  • Gail M. Golightly and David E. Moyer
  • Carole H. Gravagno 🐾
  • Kamla and Raj Gupta
  • Shaina and Nathaniel Hamilton 🐾
  • Susan Hollenstein and Howard Ross 🐾
  • Virginia and Harvey Kimmel
  • Joanna McNeil Lewis 🐾
  • Ann and Charles Marshall 🐾
  • Katie and Bill McNabb 🐾
  • 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 🐾
  • Carolyn and Robert Turner ­🐾
  • Patricia and John Walsh 🐾
  • Constance and Sankey Williams
  • Ellen Wolf and Richard Harris 🐾
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • The Barra Foundation
  • Blitzer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • CHG Charitable Trust
  • Cigna
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Davenport Family Foundation
  • Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
  • Joseph and Marie Field Foundation
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Harmelin Media
  • Harris Philanthropies
  • Hess Foundation
  • Independence Foundation
  • Maine Community Foundation
  • Joanna McNeil Trust
  • National Philanthropic Trust
  • Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust
  • Philadelphia Foundation
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Qualcomm Charitable Match Program
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving
  • Turner Family Foundation
  • UGI Corporation
  • UJALA Foundation
  • Vanguard Group Foundation
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • William Penn 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

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