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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Memphis Zoo

Connecting people with wildlife

three stars

86.72

2000 Prentiss Place Memphis, TN 38112
tel: (901) 333-6500   Web Site
EIN: 23-7236155

Board Leadership
Diane Smith & Gene Holcomb
Co-Chairs

CEO
Chuck Brady
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.72 three stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 76 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo has completed over $80 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s, making it one of the finest zoological parks in the nation. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in 19 exhibits in three zones, such as Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. The Memphis Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife.

The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 76 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo has completed over $80 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s, making it one of the finest zoological parks in the nation. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in 19 exhibits in three zones, such as Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. The Memphis Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife.

Financial

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
87.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.14
  Program Expenses Growth 22.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Memphis Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Memphis Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Memphis Zoo (TN) 86.72 three stars
Fort Worth Zoo (TX) 86.84 three stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 90.94 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 94.86 four stars
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 91.81 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,479,550
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,458,287
   Fundraising Events $554,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,767,096
Total Contributions $6,259,433
   Program Service Revenue $9,447,579
Total Primary Revenue $15,707,012
   Other Revenue $1,930,999
TOTAL REVENUE $17,638,011
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,241,179
   Administrative Expenses $2,853,699
   Fundraising Expenses $254,633
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,349,511
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-9,711,500
   
Net Assets $9,851,802

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 09/01/2017 86.72 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 89.48 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.48 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 88.56 three stars
2013-06 05/01/2014 85.30 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 84.68 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 81.36 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.51 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 86.17 three stars
2009-06 05/01/2010 70.62 two stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 78.79 two stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 80.80 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 98.82 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 92.25 four stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 93.00 four stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 98.03 four stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 86.60 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 88.63 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 23-7236155
Name in IRS Master File MEMPHIS ZOO INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 April, 1973
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$258,757 0.94% Charles Brady President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Memphis Zoo (TN) 86.72 three stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.09 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 93.91 four stars
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 90.13 four stars
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo (FL) 94.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
tel: (901) 333-6500
fax: (901) 333-6501
EIN: 23-7236155

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Board Leadership

Diane Smith & Gene Holcomb
Co-Chairs

CEO

Chuck Brady
President, CEO

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