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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Norfolk Botanical Garden

A natural beauty

three stars

87.14

6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518
tel: (757) 441-5830   Web Site
EIN: 54-0788933

Board Leadership
W. Ryan Snow
Chairman

CEO
Michael P. Desplaines
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.14 three stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1938 as the Azalea Garden project, the Norfolk Botanical Garden's mission is to enrich life by promoting the enjoyment of plants and the environment through beautiful gardens and educational programs. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures. Today, the Garden includes 155 acres, with over 30 theme gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat or by foot. Theme gardens include the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden and the Bicentennial Rose Garden. Each of these gardens allows guests to see a variety of plants-from the cultivated to the wild.

Founded in 1938 as the Azalea Garden project, the Norfolk Botanical Garden's mission is to enrich life by promoting the enjoyment of plants and the environment through beautiful gardens and educational programs. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures. Today, the Garden includes 155 acres, with over 30 theme gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat or by foot. Theme gardens include the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden and the Bicentennial Rose Garden. Each of these gardens allows guests to see a variety of plants-from the cultivated to the wild.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.22
  Program Expenses Growth 21.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Norfolk Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Norfolk Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 87.14 three stars
San Diego Botanic Garden (CA) 85.88 three stars
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.53 four stars
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ) 85.61 three stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,650,114
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $193,943
   Related Organizations $696,427
   Government Grants $1,226,659
Total Contributions $7,767,143
   Program Service Revenue $1,621,082
Total Primary Revenue $9,388,225
   Other Revenue $1,617,137
TOTAL REVENUE $11,005,362
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,482,961
   Administrative Expenses $556,019
   Fundraising Expenses $325,824
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,364,804
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,640,558
   
Net Assets $25,376,199

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
Maintenance of Gardens, Community Awareness $5,990,718 92.4%
Education $492,243 7.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 87.14 three stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 85.06 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 89.33 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.29 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.90 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.43 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.60 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 93.65 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 87.27 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.12 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 71.72 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 72.50 two stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 84.63 three stars
2006-06 06/01/2007 80.77 three stars
2005-06 02/01/2007 93.59 four 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 54-0788933
Name in IRS Master File NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN INC
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
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
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 July, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$169,159 2.29% Michael P. Desplaines President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 87.14 three stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 92.32 four stars
Native Plant Trust (MA) 89.30 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
tel: (757) 441-5830
fax: (757) 853-8294
EIN: 54-0788933

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Board Leadership

W. Ryan Snow
Chairman

CEO

Michael P. Desplaines
President, CEO

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