Mission: McKee Botanical Garden is a cultural organization located at the southern gateway to Vero Beach, Florida, with the mission of "nurturing and enhancing a historic gar ... (More)

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.mckeegarden.org/

  350 U.S. Highway One
Vero Beach FL 32962 

  772-794-0601


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Good

This charity's score is 86.69, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

67.7%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.4%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

21.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.7%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.23


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

9.11 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

9.07%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available


Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Salary of Key Persons

No Data Available


Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


McKee Botanical Garden reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

In March 2020, McKee was forced to close temporarily. The main Garden was closed for seven weeks, while the Children's Garden remained closed for nearly four months and the Garden Café for eight (months). The closures negatively impacted multiple revenue streams, including daily admissions, memberships (new, lapsed, and the need to offer extensions), facility rentals, class registrations, and retail sales, both in the café and gift shop. Additionally, McKee incurred unbudgeted expenses in equipment and ongoing services to adapt to Covid-19's impact and adhere to CDC requirements. During this time of uncertainty, the Garden continued to require ongoing maintenance and care; therefore, McKee's essential horticulture staff was onsite daily while respecting physical distancing. Administrative staff alternated days to be onsite. Despite the Garden being closed and the subsequent loss of revenue, McKee did not lay off any of its employees and continued to pay them a full salary.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

As a result of being temporarily closed and later, the need for social distancing, McKee was forced to cancel its calendar of special events, along with several classes and workshops. Although select classes, workshops, and camp sessions resumed upon reopening, the number of attendees was limited. The Garden identified several programs and activities that could be done outdoors during select times of the day and in designated shaded areas. Additionally, McKee offered to its members at no cost presentations from out-of-state artists.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

McKee implemented online admission ticket purchasing, which was a requirement for visitors when the Garden reopened. Protective screens were installed at our admissions window, gift shop, and café, and social distancing and one-way directional signage were installed throughout the Garden's 18-acres. A professional company was hired to disinfect the Educational Building and library, and a UV Light system was installed in the gift shop, café, and public restrooms. Thermometers were also purchased to check staff temperatures daily and visitors upon entering any indoor facilities.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

McKee’s Board of Directors will continue to monitor and adhere to CDC guidelines. The Garden will continue to offer virtual presentations of select events for members who are unable to attend in person. The Garden will also continue to identify and host classes, workshops, and activities that can be offered outdoors.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20222020 86.69
4/1/20202019 82.57
6/1/20192018 80.88
5/1/20182017 81.60
3/1/20172016 81.44
6/1/20162015 82.69
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162015 83.18
9/1/20152014 80.45
7/1/20142013 82.74

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

McKee Botanical Garden cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by McKee Botanical Garden is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The mission of McKee Botanical Garden is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment, and enrichment of all. The mission of the Children's Garden at McKee is to create a fun and whimsical outdoor destination that inspires imagination and curiosity in children through interaction, education, and exploration. The garden will nurture a powerful bond between children and nature.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


McKee Botanical Garden's rich history has laid the foundation for this historic landmark to evolve into a haven for biodiversity where over ten thousand tropical plants thrive, internationally renowned exhibits excite, the Children's Garden captivates, the Garden Café nourishes, and educational programs for adults and children abound, year-round. We will build upon this legacy by cultivating the next generation of leadership, optimizing community partnerships, growing income streams, and inspiring and motivating all generations to become stewards of our environment. McKee Botanical Garden is committed to attracting, educating, and delighting visitors of all ages, for generations to come. The Garden's lush 18-acres serves as a place of respite and discovery, connecting people to the wonders of nature. Our strategy from now to 2025 focuses on the role McKee will play as an environmental, cultural, and educational leader within the community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: To grow and support a viable board, McKee will continue to recruit members who are passionate about its mission and committed to upholding the Garden's legacy as a cultural destination for all.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: McKee will expand its capacity to attract the next generation of leadership, Avant Gardeners, by hosting an array of new and unique events and activities in the Garden exclusively for this audience.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: To help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Garden, McKee will develop and implement a customized fundraising strategy that yields $1 million in new money for its endowment by 2025.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

McKee's horticultural staff is responsible for maintaining the excellence and integrity of McKee's horticultural collections, expanding plant biodiversity within the Garden, and ensuring that environmental sustainability remains at the forefront of our work. McKee provides ongoing professional development opportunities to staff to further advance their knowledge of botanical species and public gardening and implement new best practices and innovative techniques. Classes and certifications* include International Society of Arborist-Biology and identification of Fungi, Retaining Trees for Wildlife; University of Florida-Master Gardener Program*, Green Industry Best Management Practices, Palm Nutrition, Hurricane Resilient Trees; International Water Garden Society-Victoria Lily Biology and Culture Conference; Wildlife Training Institute-certified Wildlife Protector*; Pesticide Use and Safety Class; FL Certified landscape Irrigation Technician Class; Accessioning and Record-Keeping.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

McKee is committed to playing a vital role in contributing to a healthy community by being a cultural and educational destination. The Garden recognizes that outreach bolsters its mission and boosts visibility and environmental awareness. McKee is committed to sharing ideas, resources, and best practices locally and nationally to ensure that we educate and influence environmental stewardship effectively and efficiently. The board and staff are active in introducing new audiences to McKee and cultivating future stakeholders. Collaborations are optimized by hosting private events and being a venue for select professional workshops and meetings. Garden happenings are promoted through an integrated multi-channel marketing program, including print, digital, traditional media, and in-person outreach. An annual marketing plan is developed and overseen by a committee comprised of staff and board members who meet monthly to review, evaluate, and implement strategies to improve efforts.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


During 2020’s unprecedented challenges, McKee adapted in a multitude of ways for the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and community, On March 17, 2020, McKee Botanical Garden temporarily closed its gates for seven weeks. The Children's Garden remained closed for nearly four months, and the Garden Café reopened in November. Because the garden grounds require ongoing maintenance and care, the horticulture staff was onsite daily while respecting physical distancing. Administrative staff alternated days onsite. During this time, McKee did not lay off any of its employees and continued to pay them a full salary. To adapt to Covid-19's impact and adhere to CDC requirements, McKee evaluated and changed how it operates and connects with its members, board of directors, and the community. Upon reopening, several modifications were implemented, including the development and requirement of online admission ticket purchasing for visitors. Touch-less credit card payment terminals and protective screens were installed at our admissions window, Gift Shop, and Café, and face coverings were required by staff and guests in all indoor locations. Social distancing and one-way directional signage were installed throughout the Garden's 18-aces. A professional company was hired and scheduled to disinfect all indoor areas, and UV Sterilizer Systems were installed. Staff temperatures were checked daily, as were visitors upon entering any indoor facilities. Special events and programming were canceled and then slowly introduced and modified in the latter part of the year. The pandemic reminded us how essential connecting with the natural world is for our physical and mental well-being. As primarily an outdoor venue surrounded by nature's beauty, McKee Botanical Garden has proven to be a place to find respite, solace, and peace, especially during challenging times.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership



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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

92

out of 100

McKee Botanical Garden has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 88/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

92

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

88/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 88 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 6 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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