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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Conserve. Connect. Inspire.

85.05

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

Board Leadership
Karen G. Kidwell
President

CEO
Kay Carlson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.05
  Financial 80.44
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since its founding in 1966, the mission of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has remained consistent: to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship. The Nature Center's vision is to be a model urban environmental resource that welcomes all and enriches people's lives through education, innovative programs, and community involvement. In 1971, the Nature Center was one of the first organizations that the National Park Service recognized as a National Environmental Education Landmark and a National Environmental Study Area. In addition to our building, which accommodates school groups, community programs, and casual visitors, the Nature Center maintains a 20-acre outdoor classroom comprised of five native habitats, two miles of trails, a pavilion, and other outdoor facilities that provide formal and informal learning opportunities to over 140,000 visitors and students each year.

Since its founding in 1966, the mission of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has remained consistent: to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship. The Nature Center's vision is to be a model urban environmental resource that welcomes all and enriches people's lives through education, innovative programs, and community involvement. In 1971, the Nature Center was one of the first organizations that the National Park Service recognized as a National Environmental Education Landmark and a National Environmental Study Area. In addition to our building, which accommodates school groups, community programs, and casual visitors, the Nature Center maintains a 20-acre outdoor classroom comprised of five native habitats, two miles of trails, a pavilion, and other outdoor facilities that provide formal and informal learning opportunities to over 140,000 visitors and students each year.

Financial

80.44

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.77
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
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) 85.05
Glynwood (NY) 85.04
Audubon Naturalist Society (MD) 95.47
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 90.85
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.07

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,432,638
   Federated Campaigns $20,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $133,786
   Related Organizations $98,856
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,685,280
   Program Service Revenue $233,934
Total Primary Revenue $2,919,214
   Other Revenue $53,449
TOTAL REVENUE $2,972,663
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,131,545
   Administrative Expenses $171,035
   Fundraising Expenses $292,892
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,595,472
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,377,191
   
Net Assets $5,597,822

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 $1,131,545 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 06/01/2021 85.05
2018-08 12/01/2019 89.22
2017-08 12/21/2018 87.76
2016-08 03/01/2018 91.12
2015-08 03/01/2017 91.02
2014-08 06/01/2016 87.59
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 85.14
2013-08 03/01/2015 88.11
2012-08 11/01/2013 85.10
2011-08 11/06/2012 83.43
2010-08 12/23/2011 82.98
2009-08 09/20/2011 85.91
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 03/01/2011 83.03
2007-08 12/17/2008 68.41
2006-08 12/15/2007 75.59
2005-08 12/01/2006 77.73
2004-08 11/01/2005 87.47

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
$94,700 5.93% Kathryn Carlson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 85.05
Hidden Villa (CA) 93.08
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 90.85
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 89.68
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 91.46

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Karen G. Kidwell
President

CEO

Kay Carlson
President and CEO

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