Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife

89.07

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 89.07
  Financial 90.27
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

90.27

Accountability & Transparency

88.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.91
  Program Expenses Growth 1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,839,101
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $560,907
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $19,201,308
Total Contributions $32,601,316
   Program Service Revenue $33,603,496
Total Primary Revenue $66,204,812
   Other Revenue $17,833,937
TOTAL REVENUE $84,038,749
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,465,462
   Administrative Expenses $9,269,340
   Fundraising Expenses $1,909,410
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $74,644,212
   
Payments to Affiliates $1,253,000
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,394,537
   
Net Assets $210,667,704

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$376,417 0.50% Thomas Stalf Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$568,789 0.76% Jack B. Hanna Director Emeritus

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 89.07
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 90.36
Nashville Zoo (TN) 99.89
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60
Zoo New England (MA) 94.09

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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