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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Zoo New England

Connecting you to the natural world

four stars

93.77

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121
tel: (617) 989-2000   Web Site
EIN: 04-3129124

Board Leadership
Robert Beal
Chair

CEO
John Linehan
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.77 four stars
  Financial 91.73 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, long considered the crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA.

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, long considered the crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA.

Financial

four stars

91.73

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.67
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoo New England on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoo New England on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoo New England (MA) 93.77 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 90.31 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.09 four stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 85.13 three stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.50 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,940,705
   Federated Campaigns $1,108
   Membership Dues $1,628,966
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,000,000
Total Contributions $13,570,779
   Program Service Revenue $4,160,456
Total Primary Revenue $17,731,235
   Other Revenue $826,904
TOTAL REVENUE $18,558,139
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,760,262
   Administrative Expenses $1,951,802
   Fundraising Expenses $599,202
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,311,266
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,246,873
   
Net Assets $23,731,475

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
Animal Care and Exhibits $4,445,835 34.8%
Guest Services $2,789,612 21.9%
Education/Teens and Community Relations $921,771 7.2%

Ratings History
Zoo New England has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 93.77 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 92.59 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 89.46 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 90.64 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.63 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 94.04 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 90.08 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 82.47 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.05 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 77.84 two stars
2009-06 09/01/2010 84.92 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 76.22 two stars
2007-06 06/01/2009 83.06 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 88.32 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 86.26 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 85.04 three stars
2003-06 01/01/2004 73.97 two 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 04-3129124
Name in IRS Master File COMMONWEALTH ZOOLOGICAL CORPORATION
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
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 November, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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
$135,893 0.88% John Linehan President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoo New England (MA) 93.77 four stars
Denver Zoological Foundation (CO) 88.57 three stars
Sedgwick County Zoological Society (KS) 90.32 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Zoo New England
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
tel: (617) 989-2000
fax: (617) 989-2025
EIN: 04-3129124

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Board Leadership

Robert Beal
Chair

CEO

John Linehan
President & CEO

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