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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

American Horticultural Society

Making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens

three stars

81.90

7931 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308
tel: (703) 768-5700   Web Site
EIN: 53-0226408

Board Leadership
Erich Veitenheimer
Chair

CEO
Bob Brackman
Interim Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.90 three stars
  Financial 76.90 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious gardening organizations in the United States. AHS is known for its educational programs and the dissemination of horticultural information. AHS' mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America's diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society's unique national resources with all Americans.

The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious gardening organizations in the United States. AHS is known for its educational programs and the dissemination of horticultural information. AHS' mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America's diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society's unique national resources with all Americans.

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Financial

two stars

76.90

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
75.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.29
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Horticultural Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Horticultural Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 81.90 three stars
Naples Botanical Garden (FL) 91.49 four stars
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.12 four stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars
Idaho Botanical Gardens (ID) 88.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $584,496
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $258,968
   Fundraising Events $182,599
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,026,063
   Program Service Revenue $1,629,263
Total Primary Revenue $2,655,326
   Other Revenue $408,433
TOTAL REVENUE $3,063,759
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,247,806
   Administrative Expenses $509,616
   Fundraising Expenses $267,434
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,024,856
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $38,903
   
Net Assets $4,444,053

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
Educational Programs $971,723 43.2%
Membership Programs $442,452 19.7%
Gardens and Buildings $422,095 18.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 81.90 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.89 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 87.74 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 82.83 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 83.76 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 82.22 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.12 four stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 90.30 four stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 84.94 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 83.39 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 77.25 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 69.87 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 57.97 one star
2008-06 10/01/2009 58.83 one star
2007-06 10/01/2008 58.98 one star
2006-06 12/01/2007 74.26 two stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 75.49 two stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 78.97 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 64.80 one star

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

EIN 53-0226408
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code C42
NTEE Classification Garden Club, Horticultural Program
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(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 April, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$155,288 5.13% Mary Elizabeth Tuttle President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 81.90 three stars
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 90.09 four stars
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 92.42 four stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Horticultural Society
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308
tel: (703) 768-5700
fax: (703) 768-8700
EIN: 53-0226408

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Board Leadership

Erich Veitenheimer
Chair

CEO

Bob Brackman
Interim Director

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