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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Zoo Atlanta

Inspiring people to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation

four stars

91.30

800 Cherokee Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30315
tel: (404) 624-9453   Web Site
EIN: 58-1655184

Board Leadership
Mark Roberts
Chair

CEO
Raymond B. King
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.30 four stars
  Financial 94.51 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

94.51

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
89.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.61
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoo Atlanta on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoo Atlanta on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 91.30 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 96.66 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.09 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 94.86 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.39 four stars

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Zoo Atlanta's mission is to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation. It does this by 1) providing an informative, educational and engaging experience; 2) being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to it and 3) engaging in related conservation activities and research.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,445,362
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,522,143
   Fundraising Events $730,210
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,756,600
Total Contributions $18,454,315
   Program Service Revenue $9,673,076
Total Primary Revenue $28,127,391
   Other Revenue $2,984,859
TOTAL REVENUE $31,112,250
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,894,024
   Administrative Expenses $1,457,351
   Fundraising Expenses $873,068
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,224,443
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,887,807
   
Net Assets $56,959,425

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
Animal Collections $6,357,000 33.6%
Environmental Responsibility and Diversity Efforts $5,439,000 28.8%
Education and Conservation $2,841,000 15.0%

Ratings History
Zoo Atlanta has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 12/01/2016 91.30 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.04 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 86.45 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 86.32 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 86.56 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 84.96 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 85.81 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.41 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 85.57 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 81.96 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 87.93 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 71.32 two stars
2005-08 07/01/2006 76.84 two stars
2004-08 01/01/2006 65.64 one star
2003-08 06/01/2004 81.79 three stars
2002-08 10/01/2003 85.83 three stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 76.61 two stars
2000-08 04/15/2002 79.14 two 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 58-1655184
Name in IRS Master File ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY ZOO INC
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.
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 March, 1986
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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
$527,247 2.48% Raymond B. King President, CEO

Zoo Atlanta's mission is to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation. It does this by 1) providing an informative, educational and engaging experience; 2) being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to it and 3) engaging in related conservation activities and research.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 91.30 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 87.57 three stars
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 87.41 three stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 94.86 four stars
Sedgwick County Zoological Society (KS) 85.28 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
tel: (404) 624-9453
fax: (404) 627-5900
EIN: 58-1655184

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Board Leadership

Mark Roberts
Chair

CEO

Raymond B. King
President & CEO

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