Disable all preview features

Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Blending education, social responsibility, culture and environmental stewardship

one star

69.85

11030 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106
tel: (216) 721-1600   Web Site
EIN: 34-0239538

Board Leadership
Tom Anderson
Chair

CEO
Jill Koski
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 69.85 one star
  Financial 66.22 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Cleveland Botanical Garden was founded in 1930 as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland. The Garden's mission is grounded in the belief that quality-of-life can be improved through a better understanding of the interdependence of plants, people, and the environment. From our home base in University Circle, to our off-site urban learning gardens and outdoor classrooms at Cleveland schools, the Garden provides sensory-rich environments to promote life-long learning. Our mission, blending education, social responsibility, culture and environmental stewardship helps people of all ages and backgrounds appreciate and benefit from the positive role that plants play in their lives.

Cleveland Botanical Garden was founded in 1930 as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland. The Garden's mission is grounded in the belief that quality-of-life can be improved through a better understanding of the interdependence of plants, people, and the environment. From our home base in University Circle, to our off-site urban learning gardens and outdoor classrooms at Cleveland schools, the Garden provides sensory-rich environments to promote life-long learning. Our mission, blending education, social responsibility, culture and environmental stewardship helps people of all ages and backgrounds appreciate and benefit from the positive role that plants play in their lives.

Financial

one star

66.22

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
71.8%
  Administrative Expenses 18.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.35
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth -2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Botanical Garden (OH) 69.85 one star
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 89.92 three stars
Tulsa Botanic Garden (OK) 86.66 three stars
Arboretum Foundation (WA) 87.40 three stars
Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. (CA) 86.35 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,308,579
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $550,527
   Fundraising Events $9,091
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $239,395
Total Contributions $2,107,592
   Program Service Revenue $1,923,255
Total Primary Revenue $4,030,847
   Other Revenue $709,646
TOTAL REVENUE $4,740,493
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,040,185
   Administrative Expenses $1,525,373
   Fundraising Expenses $829,627
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,395,185
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,654,692
   
Net Assets $21,136,069

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
2019-09 02/01/2021 69.85 one star
2018-09 02/01/2020 71.80 two stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 72.19 two stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 74.98 two stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 83.22 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 87.30 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 86.46 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 84.04 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 85.41 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 84.40 three stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 86.42 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 07/01/2010 83.60 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 76.05 two stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 70.32 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 84.49 three stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 80.40 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 80.30 three stars
2002-12 03/01/2004 76.29 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 78.33 two stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 86.39 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 34-0239538
Name in IRS Master File CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
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 August, 1937
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Jill Koski President & CEO $342,504
Other Salaries of Note
$122,668 1.65% David Lowery VP of Marketing & Communications --
$102,604 1.38% Ellen Grevey Chief of External Affairs --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Botanical Garden (OH) 69.85 one star
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.40 three stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41 four stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.22 four stars
San Antonio Botanical Garden Society (TX) 90.41 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
tel: (216) 721-1600
EIN: 34-0239538

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 933223
Cleveland, OH 44193

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Tom Anderson
Chair

CEO

Jill Koski
President & CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.