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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Denver Botanic Gardens

Connecting people with plants

four stars

95.41

1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206
tel: (720) 865-3500   Web Site
EIN: 84-0440359

Board Leadership
Kathy Hodgson
Board Chair

CEO
Brian Vogt
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.41 four stars
  Financial 94.89 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1951, the mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone Located in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests. Today, Denver Botanic Gardens continues this tradition at three unique sites: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Mount Goliath. Each of these demonstrates the varied ecosystems of Colorado.

Founded in 1951, the mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone Located in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests. Today, Denver Botanic Gardens continues this tradition at three unique sites: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Mount Goliath. Each of these demonstrates the varied ecosystems of Colorado.

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Financial

four stars

94.89

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
88.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth 9.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Botanic Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Botanic Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41 four stars
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (IA) 91.62 four stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.80 four stars
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 87.14 three stars
Native Plant Trust (MA) 89.30 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,331,314
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,370,997
   Fundraising Events $194,563
   Related Organizations $985,309
   Government Grants $10,507,591
Total Contributions $22,389,774
   Program Service Revenue $9,375,194
Total Primary Revenue $31,764,968
   Other Revenue $1,439,392
TOTAL REVENUE $33,204,360
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $25,045,368
   Administrative Expenses $1,772,541
   Fundraising Expenses $1,219,909
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $28,037,818
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,166,542
   
Net Assets $27,449,120

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
Visitor Experience and Exhibitions $14,346,849 57.3%
Education and Outreach $4,402,632 17.6%
Horticulture, Science, and Conservation $3,676,166 14.7%

Ratings History
Denver Botanic Gardens has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 95.41 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 90.84 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 90.71 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.36 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.24 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 89.24 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 78.44 two stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 77.40 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 85.86 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.86 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 91.29 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 93.38 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 86.81 three stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 80.47 three stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 81.31 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 66.36 one star
2003-12 10/01/2004 71.05 two stars
2002-12 09/01/2003 90.45 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 84.21 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 84-0440359
Name in IRS Master File DENVER BOTANIC GARDEN INC
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 (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(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 December, 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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$361,378 1.28% Brian Vogt Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41 four stars
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.19 three stars
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (IA) 91.62 four stars
Olbrich Botanical Society (WI) 88.26 three stars
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 92.32 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
tel: (720) 865-3500
fax: (720) 865-3713
EIN: 84-0440359

Mail donations to:
909 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

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Board Leadership

Kathy Hodgson
Board Chair

CEO

Brian Vogt
Chief Executive Officer

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