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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Connecting people through plants to improve communities.

93.70

1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228
tel: (804) 262-9887   Web Site
EIN: 54-1273467

Board Leadership
J. Melvin Watkins
President

CEO
Brian Trader
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.70
  Financial 91.10
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located on 80 acres in Richmond, Virginia. A public place for the display and scientific study of plants, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the only two independent public botanical gardens in Virginia and has the designation of a state botanical garden. The Garden provides education to the community about the plant world, promotes the best in horticulture and landscape design, and works toward the goal of being a leader in botanical and applied horticultural research. The Garden is providing technical guidance and counsel to a growing number of urban community gardens, neighborhood associations, and civic-minded institutions that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region through greening initiatives.

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located on 80 acres in Richmond, Virginia. A public place for the display and scientific study of plants, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the only two independent public botanical gardens in Virginia and has the designation of a state botanical garden. The Garden provides education to the community about the plant world, promotes the best in horticulture and landscape design, and works toward the goal of being a leader in botanical and applied horticultural research. The Garden is providing technical guidance and counsel to a growing number of urban community gardens, neighborhood associations, and civic-minded institutions that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region through greening initiatives.

Financial

91.10

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

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)
90.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.64
  Program Expenses Growth 6.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (VA) 93.70
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (IA) 95.11
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 93.76
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 90.39

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,248,820
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $944,255
   Government Grants $40,000
Total Contributions $3,233,075
   Program Service Revenue $2,447,032
Total Primary Revenue $5,680,107
   Other Revenue $1,396,569
TOTAL REVENUE $7,076,676
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,767,005
   Administrative Expenses $672,311
   Fundraising Expenses $126,395
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,565,711
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,489,035
   
Net Assets $22,006,400

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
Horticulture $2,393,774 30.8%
Education $1,629,883 21.0%
Guest Services $1,547,358 19.9%

Ratings History
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 03/01/2021 93.70
2018-03 08/01/2019 92.08
2017-03 09/01/2018 95.14
2016-03 10/01/2017 92.75
2015-03 07/01/2016 96.17
2015-03 06/01/2016 91.80
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 11/01/2015 84.31
2014-03 11/01/2015 84.31
2013-03 11/01/2014 89.88
2012-03 06/01/2013 90.81
2011-03 05/01/2012 90.17
2010-03 09/20/2011 85.80
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 89.58
2009-03 11/24/2010 81.01
2008-03 05/01/2009 82.82
2007-03 04/01/2008 73.00
2005-12 03/01/2007 78.20
2004-12 02/01/2006 90.70
2003-12 12/01/2004 88.17
2002-12 12/01/2003 75.13

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 54-1273467
Name in IRS Master File LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN INC
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification 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 December, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,699 1.68% Shane Tippett Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (VA) 93.70
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41
San Antonio Botanical Garden Society (TX) 90.31
Wave Hill (NY) 86.21
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39

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Charity Contact Info

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
tel: (804) 262-9887
fax: (804) 553-3178
EIN: 54-1273467

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Board Leadership

J. Melvin Watkins
President

CEO

Brian Trader
President, CEO

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