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The Living Desert

Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation

four stars

97.58

47900 Portola Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260
tel: (760) 346-5694   Web Site
EIN: 95-3385354

Board Leadership
Bill Appel
Chairman

CEO
Allen Monroe
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.58 four stars
  Financial 96.59 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.

The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.

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Financial

four stars

96.59

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 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)
86.7%
  Administrative Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.83
  Program Expenses Growth 9.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Living Desert on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Living Desert on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Living Desert (CA) 97.58 four stars
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo (FL) 94.11 four stars
Sedgwick County Zoological Society (KS) 90.32 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.50 four stars
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 86.26 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,389,458
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,104,476
   Fundraising Events $1,090,162
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $18,584,096
   Program Service Revenue $5,956,685
Total Primary Revenue $24,540,781
   Other Revenue $1,581,625
TOTAL REVENUE $26,122,406
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,492,374
   Administrative Expenses $709,646
   Fundraising Expenses $1,082,886
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,284,906
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $13,837,500
   
Net Assets $68,259,226

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
Animal, Plant, Art, and Geological Collections $4,820,106 45.9%
Educational Programming $1,600,918 15.3%
Conservation Programming $1,534,766 14.6%

Ratings History
The Living Desert has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 97.58 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 93.04 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 91.49 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 88.60 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.58 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 78.72 two stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 86.48 three stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 75.64 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 69.02 one star
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 02/01/2011 68.81 one star
2009-06 07/01/2010 66.38 one star
2008-06 02/01/2009 83.50 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 82.39 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 85.64 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 84.01 three stars
2004-06 02/01/2005 88.13 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 82.17 three stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 87.47 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 76.46 two 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 95-3385354
Name in IRS Master File THE LIVING DESERT
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
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.
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 August, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$215,557 1.75% Allen Monroe President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Living Desert (CA) 97.58 four stars
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 90.22 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.09 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 91.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
tel: (760) 346-5694
fax: (760) 568-9685
EIN: 95-3385354

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Board Leadership

Bill Appel
Chairman

CEO

Allen Monroe
President, CEO

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