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Shedd Aquarium

The world's aquarium

four stars

92.67

1200 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 692-3284   Web Site
EIN: 36-2167918

Board Leadership
Brian Kenney
Chairman

CEO
Bridget Coughlin
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.67 four stars
  Financial 90.09 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Shedd Aquarium, an institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as the world's aquarium. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the Aquarium's mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.

The Shedd Aquarium, an institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as the world's aquarium. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the Aquarium's mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.

Financial

four stars

90.09

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.88
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Shedd Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Shedd Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 92.67 four stars
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 90.97 four stars
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (FL) 92.23 four stars
Niagara Aquarium Foundation (NY) 86.52 three stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.66 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,093,774
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $6,322,060
   Fundraising Events $1,037,975
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,363,237
Total Contributions $29,817,046
   Program Service Revenue $39,480,029
Total Primary Revenue $69,297,075
   Other Revenue $4,475,179
TOTAL REVENUE $73,772,254
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $48,996,523
   Administrative Expenses $8,281,466
   Fundraising Expenses $3,951,418
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $61,229,407
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,542,847
   
Net Assets $433,930,106

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
Conservation Education $33,073,080 67.5%
Animal Care $13,178,688 26.9%
Conservation Science and Research $2,744,755 5.6%

Ratings History
Shedd Aquarium has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2021 92.67 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 94.32 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 90.86 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.14 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.44 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.83 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 80.12 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 87.00 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 87.99 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 90.65 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 92.97 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.57 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 81.89 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 83.27 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 81.26 three stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 87.42 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 84.49 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 85.73 three stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 81.40 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 81.29 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 36-2167918
Name in IRS Master File SHEDD AQUARIUM 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
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 March, 1932
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$566,680 0.92% Bridget Coughlin President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 92.67 four stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.78 four stars
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.26 four stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 93.24 four stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 692-3284
fax: (312) 939-4895
EIN: 36-2167918

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Board Leadership

Brian Kenney
Chairman

CEO

Bridget Coughlin
President, CEO

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