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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Desert Botanical Garden

Advancing excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants

three stars

81.09

1201 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: (480) 941-3517   Web Site
EIN: 86-0136925

Board Leadership
Tammy McLeod
President

CEO
Ken Schutz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.09 three stars
  Financial 73.56 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world's finest collections of desert plants. Founded in 1939, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year. The Garden's commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.

Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world's finest collections of desert plants. Founded in 1939, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year. The Garden's commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.

Financial

two stars

73.56

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
68.3%
  Administrative Expenses 19.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.64
  Program Expenses Growth 3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Desert Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Desert Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ) 81.09 three stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 88.89 three stars
Tulsa Botanic Garden (OK) 86.66 three stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.88 four stars
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (IA) 92.01 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,939,579
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $6,185,193
   Related Organizations $600,000
   Government Grants $410,183
Total Contributions $9,134,955
   Program Service Revenue $9,706,142
Total Primary Revenue $18,841,097
   Other Revenue $2,329,907
TOTAL REVENUE $21,171,004
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,419,177
   Administrative Expenses $6,342,814
   Fundraising Expenses $2,392,981
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,154,972
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,016,032
   
Net Assets $43,769,948

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
Horticulture $11,419,177 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 81.09 three stars
2018-09 10/01/2020 90.07 four stars
2017-09 07/01/2019 85.61 three stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 83.88 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 87.13 three stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 83.94 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 89.58 three stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 88.52 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 89.09 three stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 84.24 three stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 88.19 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 88.21 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/22/2010 87.48 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 80.97 three stars
2007-09 02/01/2009 89.38 three stars
2006-09 02/01/2008 90.33 four stars
2005-09 12/15/2006 87.13 three stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 86.72 three stars
2003-09 12/01/2004 75.12 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 86-0136925
Name in IRS Master File DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
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 (59) Other school related 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, 1949
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$295,000 1.46% Kenneth J. Schutz Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ) 81.09 three stars
Idaho Botanical Gardens (ID) 88.36 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.06 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 92.22 four stars
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (CA) 89.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: (480) 941-3517
EIN: 86-0136925

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Board Leadership

Tammy McLeod
President

CEO

Ken Schutz
Executive Director

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