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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

91.88

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

Board Leadership
Diane H. Steinberg
Board Chair

CEO
Adrian Benepe
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.88 four stars
  Financial 90.91 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

four stars

90.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
83.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.66
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.9%
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) 91.88 four stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.06 three stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.22 four stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39 three stars
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 92.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,498,563
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,882,393
   Fundraising Events $1,025,212
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,292,660
Total Contributions $16,698,828
   Program Service Revenue $4,207,481
Total Primary Revenue $20,906,309
   Other Revenue $2,758,355
TOTAL REVENUE $23,664,664
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $20,006,649
   Administrative Expenses $2,497,709
   Fundraising Expenses $1,427,356
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,931,714
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-267,050
   
Net Assets $90,958,843

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 $4,999,212 25.0%
Maintenance $4,408,740 22.0%
Education & Outreach Programs $4,085,649 20.4%

Ratings History
Brooklyn Botanic Garden has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 91.88 four stars
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
$327,338 1.36% Scott Medbury President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.88 four stars
Santa Fe Botanical Garden (NM) 85.39 three stars
Tulsa Botanic Garden (OK) 86.66 three stars
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.47 three stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39 three 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

Adrian Benepe
President

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