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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife

four stars

92.76

4850 West Powell Road Powell, OH 43065
tel: (800) 666-5397   Web Site
EIN: 31-4390844

Board Leadership
Chad Jester
Chairperson

CEO
Tom Stalf
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.76 four stars
  Financial 93.63 four 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 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife.

Today, the Zoo is a nationally and internationally acclaimed conservation center, housing more than 10,000 animals representing nearly 600 species.

In addition to its role as a global conservation leader, the Zoo is a renowned year-round educational and recreational facility for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and experiences - attracting 2.2 million visitors annually with a membership base representing more than 82,000 households.

The Zoo resides on 580 acres consisting of six zoogeographic regions, a water park and a golf course - making it one of the fastest growing zoos in the world and the third largest municipally affiliated zoo in North America.

The mission of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife.

Today, the Zoo is a nationally and internationally acclaimed conservation center, housing more than 10,000 animals representing nearly 600 species.

In addition to its role as a global conservation leader, the Zoo is a renowned year-round educational and recreational facility for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and experiences - attracting 2.2 million visitors annually with a membership base representing more than 82,000 households.

The Zoo resides on 580 acres consisting of six zoogeographic regions, a water park and a golf course - making it one of the fastest growing zoos in the world and the third largest municipally affiliated zoo in North America.

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Financial

four stars

93.63

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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.84
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 91.94 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.00 three stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 91.64 four stars
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 90.35 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,870,497
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,304,830
   Related Organizations $4,500,000
   Government Grants $19,193,563
Total Contributions $41,868,890
   Program Service Revenue $30,904,173
Total Primary Revenue $72,773,063
   Other Revenue $16,589,801
TOTAL REVENUE $89,362,864
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $60,108,615
   Administrative Expenses $8,841,975
   Fundraising Expenses $1,749,898
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $70,700,488
   
Payments to Affiliates $1,136,900
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $18,662,376
   
Net Assets $201,857,098

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
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 92.76 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 92.24 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 91.58 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 90.80 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.56 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 93.88 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 97.92 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 97.03 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.62 four stars
2009-12 12/23/2011 95.38 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.07 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 94.20 four stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 95.19 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 82.35 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 83.98 three stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 85.88 three stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 85.53 three stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 85.60 three stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 81.63 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 91.84 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 31-4390844
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBUS ZOOLOGICAL PARK ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 September, 1952
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$386,671 0.54% Thomas Stalf Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$569,528 0.80% Jack B. Hanna Director Emeritus

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 89.07 three stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 91.94 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 94.28 four stars
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 86.99 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Road
Powell, OH 43065
tel: (800) 666-5397
fax: (614) 645-3465
EIN: 31-4390844

Mail donations to:
9990 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 400
Powell, OH 43065

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Board Leadership

Chad Jester
Chairperson

CEO

Tom Stalf
President and CEO

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