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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Growing community through the unique combination of people, plants, and place

three stars

84.71

300 North Central Park Avenue Chicago, IL 60624
tel: (312) 746-5100   Web Site
EIN: 36-4200490

Board Leadership
Paul Levy
Chairman

CEO
Jennifer Van Valkenburg
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.71 three stars
  Financial 78.76 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance strengthens the community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members. With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environmental, social and economic vitality of Chicago's West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and human life. Established in 1998, the Alliance provides educational programs, visitor services, and community programs to the conservatory.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance strengthens the community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members. With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environmental, social and economic vitality of Chicago's West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and human life. Established in 1998, the Alliance provides educational programs, visitor services, and community programs to the conservatory.

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Financial

two stars

78.76

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.7%
  Administrative Expenses 22.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.33
  Program Expenses Growth 1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (IL) 84.71 three stars
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (MI) 87.03 three stars
Blandford Nature Center (MI) 87.81 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 92.08 four stars
American Public Gardens Association (PA) 86.29 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $648,870
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $43,385
   Fundraising Events $69,020
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $491,285
Total Contributions $1,252,560
   Program Service Revenue $13,406
Total Primary Revenue $1,265,966
   Other Revenue $323,464
TOTAL REVENUE $1,589,430
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,024,370
   Administrative Expenses $343,832
   Fundraising Expenses $52,023
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,420,225
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $169,205
   
Net Assets $1,953,622

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Visitor Services $458,247 44.7%
Education Programs $434,541 42.4%
Community Programs $131,582 12.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 84.71 three stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 86.16 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 84.13 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 82.71 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 80.32 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 76.30 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 75.99 two stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 71.79 two stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 83.58 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 75.00 two stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 81.59 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.03 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 84.65 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 81.64 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 67.87 one star
2006-06 12/01/2007 79.06 two stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 65.39 one star
2004-06 07/01/2005 70.91 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-4200490
Name in IRS Master File GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY ALLIANCE
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(59) Other school related activities
(149) Other instruction and training
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$25,000 1.76% Jennifer Van Valkenburg President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (IL) 84.71 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
Shelburne Farms (VT) 90.40 four stars
Great Meadow Foundation (VA) 87.72 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 87.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
tel: (312) 746-5100
EIN: 36-4200490

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Board Leadership

Paul Levy
Chairman

CEO

Jennifer Van Valkenburg
President

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