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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.

A Member-Supported Garden

three stars

89.78

1418 Descanso Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
tel: (818) 952-4391   Web Site
EIN: 95-2511202

Board Leadership
Amy Lamb
Chair

CEO
Juliann Rooke
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.78 three stars
  Financial 86.12 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Our mission is to practice exemplary stewardship of Descanso's distinctive character and assets; offer people an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people's place in it through inspiration, education and example.

Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Our mission is to practice exemplary stewardship of Descanso's distinctive character and assets; offer people an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people's place in it through inspiration, education and example.

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Financial

three stars

86.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.11
  Program Expenses Growth 34.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. (CA) 89.78 three stars
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (TX) 92.50 four stars
Native Plant Trust (MA) 89.30 three stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 90.84 four stars
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 89.76 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $969,576
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,489,135
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $270,000
Total Contributions $2,728,711
   Program Service Revenue $5,159,480
Total Primary Revenue $7,888,191
   Other Revenue $1,193,758
TOTAL REVENUE $9,081,949
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,052,995
   Administrative Expenses $881,082
   Fundraising Expenses $805,961
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,740,038
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $341,911
   
Net Assets $8,169,978

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 89.78 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.06 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2018 87.17 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 86.54 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.50 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 83.64 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 70.38 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 71.27 two 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 95-2511202
Name in IRS Master File DESCANSO GARDENS GUILD 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
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 May, 1962
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,986 2.01% Juliann Rooke Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$128,891 1.47% David Brown Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. (CA) 89.78 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 87.76 three stars
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 85.06 three stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 90.84 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
tel: (818) 952-4391
EIN: 95-2511202

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Board Leadership

Amy Lamb
Chair

CEO

Juliann Rooke
Executive Director

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