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The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Explore nature inside & out

three stars

89.22

2600 South Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH 44120
tel: (216) 321-5935   Web Site
EIN: 34-6576569

Board Leadership
James T. Dixon
President

CEO
Kay Carlson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.22 three stars
  Financial 87.03 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was founded in 1966 as the result of a grassroots community effort to preserve the Shaker Parklands from becoming the route for a new freeway connecting Cleveland's East Side to downtown. Our mission is to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship. Ten thousand children participate annually in more than 30,000 hours of curriculum-related school programs, including a strong early childhood program for several East Side school districts and the Cleveland Public Schools. Additionally, 10,000 walkers, runners, and bird-watchers use the trails and grounds for exercise and enjoyment of nature.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was founded in 1966 as the result of a grassroots community effort to preserve the Shaker Parklands from becoming the route for a new freeway connecting Cleveland's East Side to downtown. Our mission is to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship. Ten thousand children participate annually in more than 30,000 hours of curriculum-related school programs, including a strong early childhood program for several East Side school districts and the Cleveland Public Schools. Additionally, 10,000 walkers, runners, and bird-watchers use the trails and grounds for exercise and enjoyment of nature.

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Financial

three stars

87.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
78.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.61
  Program Expenses Growth 6.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 89.22 three stars
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (MI) 87.03 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 87.70 three stars
Blandford Nature Center (MI) 87.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,293,658
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $156,548
   Related Organizations $95,016
   Government Grants $65,985
Total Contributions $2,611,207
   Program Service Revenue $216,716
Total Primary Revenue $2,827,923
   Other Revenue $161,946
TOTAL REVENUE $2,989,869
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,153,759
   Administrative Expenses $150,249
   Fundraising Expenses $201,285
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,505,293
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,484,576
   
Net Assets $4,220,631

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
Nature Center $1,153,759 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 12/01/2019 89.22 three stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 87.76 three stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 91.12 four stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 91.02 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 87.59 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 85.14 three stars
2013-08 03/01/2015 88.11 three stars
2012-08 11/01/2013 85.10 three stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 83.43 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 82.98 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 85.91 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 03/01/2011 83.03 three stars
2007-08 12/17/2008 68.41 one star
2006-08 12/15/2007 75.59 two stars
2005-08 12/01/2006 77.73 two stars
2004-08 11/01/2005 87.47 three 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 34-6576569
Name in IRS Master File SHAKER LAKES REGIONAL NATURE CENTER
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 (59) Other school related activities
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(349) Other youth organization or activities
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 December, 1966
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$96,589 6.41% Kathryn Carlson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 89.22 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 87.32 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 92.08 four stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three stars
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (MI) 87.03 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
tel: (216) 321-5935
fax: (216) 321-1869
EIN: 34-6576569

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Board Leadership

James T. Dixon
President

CEO

Kay Carlson
President and CEO

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