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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

Developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment

four stars

91.18

1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30309
tel: (404) 876-5859   Web Site
EIN: 58-1313284

Board Leadership
Mason W. Stephenson
Board Chair

CEO
Mary Pat Matheson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.18 four stars
  Financial 94.14 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

94.14

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.45
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Atlanta Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Atlanta Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 91.18 four stars
Descanso Gardens Guild (CA) 86.54 three stars
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (CA) 89.52 three stars
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (ME) 88.79 three stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 90.71 four stars

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The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $25,109,810
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,154,630
   Fundraising Events $5,880
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $171,666
Total Contributions $28,441,986
   Program Service Revenue $6,761,979
Total Primary Revenue $35,203,965
   Other Revenue $3,841,104
TOTAL REVENUE $39,045,069
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,511,605
   Administrative Expenses $2,123,457
   Fundraising Expenses $1,501,082
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,136,144
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $19,908,925
   
Net Assets $118,340,273

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
Garden $13,811,842 89.0%
Events $1,244,543 8.0%
Research to Save Rare Species $455,220 2.9%

Ratings History
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 07/01/2017 91.18 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.53 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 92.11 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 94.90 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 81.56 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 78.90 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 77.76 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 73.46 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 73.20 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 80.35 three stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 82.03 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 88.91 three stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 91.96 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 58-1313284
Name in IRS Master File ATLANTA 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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 June, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$378,240 1.97% Mary Pat Matheson President & CEO

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 91.18 four stars
Wave Hill (NY) 85.00 three stars
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FL) 96.16 four stars
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.71 four stars
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 92.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
tel: (404) 876-5859
fax: (404) 876-7472
EIN: 58-1313284

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Board Leadership

Mason W. Stephenson
Board Chair

CEO

Mary Pat Matheson
President & CEO

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