Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Conserve. Connect. Inspire.

85.88

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 85.88
  Financial 80.44
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 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

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$94,700 5.93% Kathryn Carlson President, CEO

Mission

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 85.88
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 89.01
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 90.85
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This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81

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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