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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Blank Park Zoo

Iowa's wildest adventure

three stars

81.28

7401 Southwest Ninth Street Des Moines, IA 50315
tel: (515) 974-2584   Web Site
EIN: 42-1171821

Board Leadership
Peg Armstrong-Gustafson
Chairman

CEO
Mark Vukovich
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.28 three stars
  Financial 95.04 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation. The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. Currently there are 104 different animal species and 1,484 animal specimens cared for at the Blank Park Zoo. The Blank Park Zoo's Conservation Committee works to raise funds to support organizations and projects around the world dedicated to the same conservation ideals.

The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation. The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. Currently there are 104 different animal species and 1,484 animal specimens cared for at the Blank Park Zoo. The Blank Park Zoo's Conservation Committee works to raise funds to support organizations and projects around the world dedicated to the same conservation ideals.

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Financial

four stars

95.04

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.4%
  Administrative Expenses 19.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.68
  Program Expenses Growth 9.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blank Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blank Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 81.28 three stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 94.55 four stars
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 86.99 three stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.38 four stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.46 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,378,506
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $75,760
   Related Organizations $450,506
   Government Grants $290,000
Total Contributions $2,194,772
   Program Service Revenue $4,222,856
Total Primary Revenue $6,417,628
   Other Revenue $539,889
TOTAL REVENUE $6,957,517
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,230,732
   Administrative Expenses $1,106,894
   Fundraising Expenses $254,182
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,591,808
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-634,291
   
Net Assets $19,112,131

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
2018-10 02/01/2020 81.28 three stars
2017-10 03/01/2019 88.24 three stars
2016-10 08/01/2017 87.00 three stars
2015-10 07/01/2016 93.19 four stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 87.96 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 11/01/2015 86.25 three stars
2013-10 02/01/2015 83.70 three stars
2012-10 09/01/2013 86.32 three stars
2011-10 07/01/2012 85.24 three stars
2010-10 09/20/2011 79.93 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 11/01/2010 87.05 three stars
2008-10 12/15/2009 93.96 four stars
2007-10 11/01/2008 90.06 four stars
2006-10 11/01/2007 98.01 four stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 88.03 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 83.05 three stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 74.47 two stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 89.48 three stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 97.33 four 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 42-1171821
Name in IRS Master File BLANK PARK ZOO FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(603) Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 December, 1981
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!)
  • October, 2018
  • October, 2017
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$162,348 2.13% Mark Vukovich CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 81.28 three stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 91.64 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 91.94 four stars
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 three stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 94.55 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blank Park Zoo
7401 Southwest Ninth Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
tel: (515) 974-2584
fax: (515) 974-2590
EIN: 42-1171821

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Board Leadership

Peg Armstrong-Gustafson
Chairman

CEO

Mark Vukovich
Chief Executive Officer

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