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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$159,051 1.32% Lisa New President

Mission

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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Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 90.17 four stars
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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 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