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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

82.83

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

Board Leadership
Amy Bolton
Chair

CEO
Holly Shimizu
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.83 three stars
  Financial 76.05 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

two stars

76.05

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 41.6%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 82.83 three stars
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (TX) 86.07 three stars
San Antonio Botanical Garden Society (TX) 90.06 four stars
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 88.75 three stars
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FL) 96.16 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $817,087
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $762,443
   Fundraising Events $15,562
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,595,092
   Program Service Revenue $644,586
Total Primary Revenue $2,239,678
   Other Revenue $1,210,194
TOTAL REVENUE $3,449,872
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,112,382
   Administrative Expenses $400,786
   Fundraising Expenses $177,393
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,690,561
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $759,311
   
Net Assets $2,770,404

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 $864,825 40.9%
Membership Programs $451,747 21.4%
Communications Programs $409,973 19.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$120,000 4.46% Thomas Underwood Executive Director

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Horticultural Society (VA) 82.83 three stars
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.71 four stars
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 91.42 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation (MI) 92.73 four stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 90.71 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

Amy Bolton
Chair

CEO

Holly Shimizu
Interim Executive Director

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