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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Elmwood Park Zoo

Fostering an appreciation for wildlife and the environment

three stars

88.76

1661 Harding Boulevard Norristown, PA 19401
tel: (800) 652-4143   Web Site
EIN: 23-1970067

Board Leadership
Cherifa N. Howarth
President

CEO
Albert J. Zone
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.76 three stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society (NZS) assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment. The Zoo moves ever forward guided by its mission to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. The Norristown Zoological Society operates the Zoo; the Board of Directors, composed of business and community leaders, is committed to making Elmwood Park Zoo one of the finest zoos in the world.

In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society (NZS) assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment. The Zoo moves ever forward guided by its mission to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. The Norristown Zoological Society operates the Zoo; the Board of Directors, composed of business and community leaders, is committed to making Elmwood Park Zoo one of the finest zoos in the world.

Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
90.6%
  Administrative Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.36
  Program Expenses Growth 19.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 41.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Elmwood Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Elmwood Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 88.76 three stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 99.20 four stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 85.00 three stars
Zoo Miami Foundation (FL) 98.35 four stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 93.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,391,945
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,641,493
   Fundraising Events $46,580
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $541,000
Total Contributions $5,621,018
   Program Service Revenue $2,064,903
Total Primary Revenue $7,685,921
   Other Revenue $1,918,602
TOTAL REVENUE $9,604,523
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,243,655
   Administrative Expenses $509,537
   Fundraising Expenses $365,952
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,119,144
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $485,379
   
Net Assets $10,978,947

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
2019-12 06/01/2021 88.76 three stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 89.48 three stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 89.94 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.48 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.94 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 90.06 four stars
2013-10 04/01/2015 87.23 three stars
2012-10 02/01/2014 89.49 three 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 23-1970067
Name in IRS Master File NORRISTOWN ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(355) Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$200,000 2.19% Albert J. Zone Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 88.76 three stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 93.32 four stars
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 94.64 four stars
Reid Park Zoological Society (AZ) 90.58 four stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 85.00 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401
tel: (800) 652-4143
fax: (610) 292-0332
EIN: 23-1970067

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Board Leadership

Cherifa N. Howarth
President

CEO

Albert J. Zone
Executive Director

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