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American Horticultural Society

Making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens

three stars

87.74

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

Board Leadership
Amy Bolton
Chair

CEO
Mary Elizabeth Tuttle
President and Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.74 three stars
  Financial 83.14 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

Financial

three stars

83.14

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.36
  Program Expenses Growth 7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.6%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 87.74 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.21 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 90.50 four stars
The Holden Arboretum (OH) 90.66 four stars
New England Wild Flower Society (MA) 87.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,742,544
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $788,959
   Fundraising Events $22,758
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,554,261
   Program Service Revenue $937,496
Total Primary Revenue $3,491,757
   Other Revenue $822,804
TOTAL REVENUE $4,314,561
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,286,101
   Administrative Expenses $417,083
   Fundraising Expenses $250,847
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,954,031
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,360,530
   
Net Assets $4,214,868

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 $995,877 43.6%
Membership Programs $482,246 21.1%
Gardens and Buildings $412,823 18.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2002-06 08/01/2003 65.03 one star
2001-06 10/15/2002 68.77 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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$120,000 4.06% Thomas Underwood Former Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
Not compensated -- Holly Shimizu Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 87.74 three stars
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 88.81 three stars
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ) 87.13 three stars
The Botanical Garden Foundation (NC) 86.84 three stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 87.30 three 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

Amy Bolton
Chair

CEO

Mary Elizabeth Tuttle
President and Chief Executive Officer

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