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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Detroit Zoological Society

Celebrating & Saving Wildlife

four stars

92.44

8450 West Ten Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48067
tel: (248) 541-5717   Web Site
EIN: 38-6027356

Board Leadership
Lloyd A. Semple
Chair

CEO
Ron L. Kagan
Executive Director & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.44 four stars
  Financial 89.31 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, including the Arctic Ring of Life and the Australian Outback Adventure, the Detroit Zoo houses over 7,900 animals of 270 different species. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo encompasses 20 acres of forested wetlands with nature trails, a lodge and live animal exhibits focusing on Michigan wildlife. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna, and offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups.

The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, including the Arctic Ring of Life and the Australian Outback Adventure, the Detroit Zoo houses over 7,900 animals of 270 different species. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo encompasses 20 acres of forested wetlands with nature trails, a lodge and live animal exhibits focusing on Michigan wildlife. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna, and offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups.

Financial

three stars

89.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
86.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.53
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 92.44 four stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 91.13 four stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 93.90 four stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 92.45 four stars
Oregon Zoo Foundation (OR) 88.65 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,265,887
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,146,840
   Fundraising Events $595,069
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $12,994,949
Total Contributions $24,002,745
   Program Service Revenue $20,458,068
Total Primary Revenue $44,460,813
   Other Revenue $1,747,665
TOTAL REVENUE $46,208,478
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $33,607,890
   Administrative Expenses $5,970,134
   Fundraising Expenses $1,113,366
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $40,691,390
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,517,088
   
Net Assets $34,000,278

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
Guest Engagement $14,897,209 44.3%
Animal Care, Welfare, and Conservation $10,759,832 32.0%
Education $5,745,461 17.1%

Ratings History
Detroit Zoological Society has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 92.44 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 92.92 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 92.74 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.86 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 92.80 four stars
2014-12 11/01/2015 92.27 four stars
2013-12 10/01/2014 92.90 four stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 93.24 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 97.28 four stars
2010-03 12/23/2011 92.43 four stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 86.31 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 07/01/2011 92.89 four stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 93.40 four stars
2008-03 09/01/2009 87.72 three stars
2007-03 12/17/2008 76.06 two stars
2006-03 04/01/2007 77.53 two stars
2005-03 09/01/2006 86.82 three stars
2004-03 08/01/2005 68.73 one star
2003-03 05/01/2004 68.22 one star
2002-03 04/15/2003 95.99 four 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 38-6027356
Name in IRS Master File DETROIT ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
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 (59) Other school related activities
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 June, 1958
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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
$439,414 1.07% Ron L. Kagan Executive Director, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 92.44 four stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 93.83 four stars
Zoo Miami Foundation (FL) 93.74 four stars
The Zoo Society (WA) 85.45 three stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 87.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Detroit Zoological Society
8450 West Ten Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
tel: (248) 541-5717
fax: (248) 541-2489
EIN: 38-6027356

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Board Leadership

Lloyd A. Semple
Chair

CEO

Ron L. Kagan
Executive Director & CEO

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