Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Indianapolis Zoo

Engage, Enlighten and Empower

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four stars

92.84

1200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46222
tel: (317) 630-2001   Web Site
EIN: 35-1074747

Board Leadership
Jeffrey Harrison
Chair

CEO
Michael I. Crowther
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.84 four stars
  Financial 90.70 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. To this end, we see ourselves as a conservation organization that operates a zoo as a key engagement and outreach strategy. The Zoo provides engaging exhibits throughout five biomes (Oceans, Deserts, Forests, Plains and Encounters). Each new exhibit is designed to provide an up-close encounter with the animal, and information that will enlighten guests about current conservation issues, empowering them to take personal action.

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. To this end, we see ourselves as a conservation organization that operates a zoo as a key engagement and outreach strategy. The Zoo provides engaging exhibits throughout five biomes (Oceans, Deserts, Forests, Plains and Encounters). Each new exhibit is designed to provide an up-close encounter with the animal, and information that will enlighten guests about current conservation issues, empowering them to take personal action.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of animals in collection
1,289
Number of species in collection
213
Total Annual Attendance
1,067,860
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

90.70

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
87.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.16
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Indianapolis Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Indianapolis Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,609,374
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,772,614
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,381,988
   Program Service Revenue $21,422,518
Total Primary Revenue $29,804,506
   Other Revenue $1,321,702
TOTAL REVENUE $31,126,208
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $29,112,485
   Administrative Expenses $2,301,084
   Fundraising Expenses $1,571,847
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $32,985,416
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,859,208
   
Net Assets $154,579,662

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$296,996 0.90% Michael Crowther President, CEO

Mission

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. To this end, we see ourselves as a conservation organization that operates a zoo as a key engagement and outreach strategy. The Zoo provides engaging exhibits throughout five biomes (Oceans, Deserts, Forests, Plains and Encounters). Each new exhibit is designed to provide an up-close encounter with the animal, and information that will enlighten guests about current conservation issues, empowering them to take personal action.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 92.84 four stars
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 93.98 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 95.86 four stars
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 91.76 four stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 95.86 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
tel: (317) 630-2001
EIN: 35-1074747

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Board Leadership

Jeffrey Harrison
Chair

CEO

Michael I. Crowther
CEO