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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Norfolk Botanical Garden

A natural beauty

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

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.14
  Financial 97.50
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1938 by a Works Progress Administration grant, Norfolk Botanical Garden has grown to be Virginia's largest botanical garden, encompassing 175 acres of themed gardens and natural areas. With annual attendance exceeding 431,000, the Garden is a premier destination for families and provides a unique opportunity to choose from walking tours, tram rides, or boat tours. All are handicapped accessible. It has the largest collection of azaleas and rhododendrons on the East Coast and is home to 61 trees classified as state champions. The Virginia General Assembly designated Norfolk Botanical Garden a State Botanical Garden in 1995. The Garden is on the list of Virginia Historic Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places. The American Alliance of Museums granted the Garden full accreditation in 2008. The Garden's mission is to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature.

Established in 1938 by a Works Progress Administration grant, Norfolk Botanical Garden has grown to be Virginia's largest botanical garden, encompassing 175 acres of themed gardens and natural areas. With annual attendance exceeding 431,000, the Garden is a premier destination for families and provides a unique opportunity to choose from walking tours, tram rides, or boat tours. All are handicapped accessible. It has the largest collection of azaleas and rhododendrons on the East Coast and is home to 61 trees classified as state champions. The Virginia General Assembly designated Norfolk Botanical Garden a State Botanical Garden in 1995. The Garden is on the list of Virginia Historic Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places. The American Alliance of Museums granted the Garden full accreditation in 2008. The Garden's mission is to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature.

Financial

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

82.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
88.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.09
  Program Expenses Growth 10.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.2%
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
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.60
Wave Hill (NY) 86.21
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 91.35
Arboretum Foundation (WA) 87.65

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,899,579
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $129,500
   Related Organizations $460,821
   Government Grants $1,500,998
Total Contributions $4,990,898
   Program Service Revenue $1,986,753
Total Primary Revenue $6,977,651
   Other Revenue $1,028,600
TOTAL REVENUE $8,006,251
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,206,039
   Administrative Expenses $593,439
   Fundraising Expenses $255,261
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,054,739
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $951,512
   
Net Assets $29,991,576

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
Promoting Wellness $5,753,814 92.7%
Education $452,225 7.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 11/01/2021 87.14
2019-06 11/01/2020 87.14
2018-06 09/03/2019 87.14
2017-06 10/01/2018 85.06
2016-06 11/01/2017 89.33
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.29
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.90
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.43
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.60
2012-06 09/01/2013 93.65
2011-06 07/01/2012 87.27
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.12
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 71.72
2008-06 10/01/2009 72.50
2007-06 07/01/2008 84.63
2006-06 06/01/2007 80.77
2005-06 02/01/2007 93.59

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$188,475 2.67% Michael P. Desplaines President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 87.14
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.60
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 90.57
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39

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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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