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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Chicago Botanic Garden

Promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world

three stars

86.34

1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022
tel: (847) 835-5440   Web Site
EIN: 36-2225482

Board Leadership
Robert F. Finke
Chair

CEO
Jean M. Franczyk
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.34 three stars
  Financial 82.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four 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 Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world. The 385-acre Garden features 23 display gardens and three native habitats, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, a permanent site on which to carry out its mission was created. The mission encompasses three important components: collections, education and research. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research.

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world. The 385-acre Garden features 23 display gardens and three native habitats, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, a permanent site on which to carry out its mission was created. The mission encompasses three important components: collections, education and research. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research.

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Financial

three stars

82.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

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)
81.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.18
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 86.34 three stars
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.47 three stars
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.12 four stars
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 91.22 four stars
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 92.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,625,670
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,631,873
   Fundraising Events $1,073,194
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,445,780
Total Contributions $34,776,517
   Program Service Revenue $10,910,777
Total Primary Revenue $45,687,294
   Other Revenue $3,629,713
TOTAL REVENUE $49,317,007
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $38,741,825
   Administrative Expenses $5,215,107
   Fundraising Expenses $4,022,900
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $47,979,832
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,337,175
   
Net Assets $186,911,256

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
Horticultural Programs $13,124,852 33.9%
Educational Programs $9,419,731 24.3%
Plant Conservation $8,450,840 21.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 86.34 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.85 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.05 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.42 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.10 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 93.81 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 93.02 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 93.04 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 87.77 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.88 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.88 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 78.55 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 87.94 three stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 94.32 four stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 88.34 three stars
2005-12 07/01/2007 92.16 four stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 77.80 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 85.23 three stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 86.89 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 91.42 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 36-2225482
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
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 (356) Garden club
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 January, 1949
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$419,167 0.87% Jean M. Franczyk President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 86.34 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.06 three stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 88.94 three stars
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FL) 94.80 four stars
Native Plant Trust (MA) 87.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
tel: (847) 835-5440
fax: (847) 835-8923
EIN: 36-2225482

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Board Leadership

Robert F. Finke
Chair

CEO

Jean M. Franczyk
President and CEO

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