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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Knoxville Zoological Gardens

Do the zoo

four stars

90.17

3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive P.O. Box 6040
Knoxville, TN 37914
tel: (865) 637-5331   Web Site
EIN: 62-1034633

Board Leadership
H. Pete Claussen
Chairman

CEO
Lisa New
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.17 four stars
  Financial 91.51 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Knoxville Zoological Gardens is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo tells the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth. The zoo develops positive attitudes and actions about nature and about conservation as a local and global issue. Knoxville Zoological Gardens offers an entertaining and unique educational experience for the entire family. The zoo is situated on 53 rolling acres on the east side of Knoxville with more than 220 different species of animals. Annual attendance is approximately 400,000 people.

The mission of Knoxville Zoological Gardens is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo tells the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth. The zoo develops positive attitudes and actions about nature and about conservation as a local and global issue. Knoxville Zoological Gardens offers an entertaining and unique educational experience for the entire family. The zoo is situated on 53 rolling acres on the east side of Knoxville with more than 220 different species of animals. Annual attendance is approximately 400,000 people.

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Financial

four stars

91.51

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.30
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Knoxville Zoological Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Knoxville Zoological Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 90.17 four stars
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 three stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 94.55 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 89.07 three stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,640,830
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,592,025
Total Contributions $10,232,855
   Program Service Revenue $6,598,548
Total Primary Revenue $16,831,403
   Other Revenue $549,238
TOTAL REVENUE $17,380,641
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,910,119
   Administrative Expenses $1,043,384
   Fundraising Expenses $1,090,262
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,043,765
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,336,876
   
Net Assets $49,765,934

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
Education Program $9,910,119 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 90.17 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 86.00 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 84.52 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 82.53 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.87 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 83.01 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 85.37 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 83.34 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 79.98 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.86 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.90 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 78.71 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 92.05 four stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 87.72 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 86.76 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 88.12 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 71.69 two stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 73.48 two stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 78.18 two stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 80.95 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 62-1034633
Name in IRS Master File KNOXVILLE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(199) Other scientific research 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 April, 1980
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$159,051 1.32% Lisa New President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 90.17 four stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 four stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 87.62 three stars
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 96.18 four stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.46 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Knoxville Zoological Gardens
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
P.O. Box 6040
Knoxville, TN 37914
tel: (865) 637-5331
fax: (865) 637-1943
EIN: 62-1034633

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Board Leadership

H. Pete Claussen
Chairman

CEO

Lisa New
President & CEO

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