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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Worcester County Horticultural Society

A garden for all.

three stars

81.83

11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505
tel: (508) 869-6111   Web Site
EIN: 04-1988945

Board Leadership
Jim Karadimos
President

CEO
Grace Chapman Elton
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.83 three stars
  Financial 77.29 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States, is a non-profit educational organization formed for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture. The Society commits itself to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Today, Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of the finest plants for cultivation in New England. Carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of this beautiful 171-acre property and a robust program and event schedule make Tower Hill a year-round destination.

The Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States, is a non-profit educational organization formed for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture. The Society commits itself to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Today, Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of the finest plants for cultivation in New England. Carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of this beautiful 171-acre property and a robust program and event schedule make Tower Hill a year-round destination.

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Financial

two stars

77.29

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
64.7%
  Administrative Expenses 20.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.55
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Worcester County Horticultural Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Worcester County Horticultural Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 81.83 three stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41 four stars
Idaho Botanical Gardens (ID) 88.36 three stars
Wave Hill (NY) 91.16 four stars
The New York Botanical Garden (NY) 91.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,931,065
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $651,891
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,582,956
   Program Service Revenue $910,533
Total Primary Revenue $6,493,489
   Other Revenue $2,361,250
TOTAL REVENUE $8,854,739
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,314,152
   Administrative Expenses $821,078
   Fundraising Expenses $509,448
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,644,678
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,210,061
   
Net Assets $40,666,665

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 04/01/2019 81.83 three stars
2016-12 10/01/2018 84.80 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 04-1988945
Name in IRS Master File WORCESTER COUNTY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code C42
NTEE Classification Garden Club, Horticultural Program
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
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 June, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$124,501 3.41% Grace Elton CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$125,540 3.44% Thaddeus Thompson Director Of Institutional Advancement

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 81.83 three stars
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 90.09 four stars
San Diego Botanic Garden (CA) 85.88 three stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 88.94 three stars
The New York Botanical Garden (NY) 91.42 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Worcester County Horticultural Society
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505
tel: (508) 869-6111
EIN: 04-1988945

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505

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Board Leadership

Jim Karadimos
President

CEO

Grace Chapman Elton
Chief Executive Officer

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