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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

four stars

90.05

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 90.05 four stars
  Financial 91.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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

four stars

91.24

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.45
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.0%
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) 90.05 four stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 89.30 three stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 93.86 four stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 87.30 three stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 92.38 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,025,878
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,415,499
   Fundraising Events $856,981
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,592,132
Total Contributions $29,890,490
   Program Service Revenue $13,457,906
Total Primary Revenue $43,348,396
   Other Revenue $6,801,080
TOTAL REVENUE $50,149,476
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $38,701,524
   Administrative Expenses $5,247,893
   Fundraising Expenses $3,076,884
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $47,026,301
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,123,175
   
Net Assets $184,555,533

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 $18,076,439 46.7%
Plant Conservation $7,888,851 20.4%
Educational Programs $7,352,771 19.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2000-12 10/15/2002 92.25 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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$273,422 0.58% Jean M. Franczyk President, Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 90.05 four stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 89.30 three stars
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 93.26 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 90.50 four stars
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (CA) 92.52 four 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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