Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

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.
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

Charts

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

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) 92.76 four stars
Fort Worth Zoo (TX) 86.04 three stars
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 90.84 four stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 86.69 three stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.38 four 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