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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Connecting people to the world of plants, fostering delight, curiosity and environmental stewardship

four stars

91.86

1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
tel: (718) 623-7200   Web Site
EIN: 11-2417338

Board Leadership
Diane H. Steinberg
Board Chair

CEO
Scot Medbury
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.86 four stars
  Financial 90.19 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. Its mission is to connect people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.

Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. Its mission is to connect people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.

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Financial

four stars

90.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.56
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Brooklyn Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Brooklyn Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 89.24 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 91.82 four stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 86.78 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation (MI) 94.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,670,555
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,010,474
   Fundraising Events $1,049,784
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,325,199
Total Contributions $15,056,012
   Program Service Revenue $4,347,556
Total Primary Revenue $19,403,568
   Other Revenue $2,924,482
TOTAL REVENUE $22,328,050
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $19,329,082
   Administrative Expenses $2,458,166
   Fundraising Expenses $1,423,605
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,210,853
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-882,803
   
Net Assets $85,197,376

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
Horticulture $5,021,227 26.0%
Maintenance $4,500,514 23.3%
Education & Outreach Programs $3,862,549 20.0%

Ratings History
Brooklyn Botanic Garden has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 91.86 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 93.86 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 92.32 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 92.32 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.62 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 84.58 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 84.29 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 90.53 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 89.85 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.43 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 81.81 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 85.87 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 92.33 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 90.22 four stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 79.72 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 70.34 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 82.30 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 86.42 three stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 83.67 three 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 11-2417338
Name in IRS Master File BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN CORPORATION
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(199) Other scientific research activities
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 May, 1977
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$437,394 1.88% Scot Medbury President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (VA) 92.08 four stars
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 90.09 four stars
Naples Botanical Garden (FL) 89.95 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation (MI) 94.18 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
tel: (718) 623-7200
EIN: 11-2417338

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Board Leadership

Diane H. Steinberg
Board Chair

CEO

Scot Medbury
President

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