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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Inspiring conservation of the oceans

four stars

97.03

886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
tel: (800) 840-4880   Web Site
EIN: 94-2487469

Board Leadership
Steve Neal
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Julie Packard
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.03 four stars
  Financial 97.07 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Opened in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. We know that bringing people face-to-face with living marine animals is a powerful way to move them to care about the oceans and ocean life. From the beginning, we planned our permanent exhibits as a walk through Monterey Bay's beautiful natural communities. In 1996, we almost doubled our exhibit space with the opening of the Outer Bay Wing, devoted to the open ocean and deep sea. The main feature is the Outer Bay Waters exhibit, the one-million-gallon tank containing tuna, sharks and sea turtles. The aquarium has an active research program. We have groups working on sea otter conservation and tuna conservation biology. About 1.8 million people visit us each year.

Opened in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. We know that bringing people face-to-face with living marine animals is a powerful way to move them to care about the oceans and ocean life. From the beginning, we planned our permanent exhibits as a walk through Monterey Bay's beautiful natural communities. In 1996, we almost doubled our exhibit space with the opening of the Outer Bay Wing, devoted to the open ocean and deep sea. The main feature is the Outer Bay Waters exhibit, the one-million-gallon tank containing tuna, sharks and sea turtles. The aquarium has an active research program. We have groups working on sea otter conservation and tuna conservation biology. About 1.8 million people visit us each year.

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2016
Total number of paid admissions
1,736,190
Total number of free admissions
354,508
Number of free participants on field trips
112,938
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Financial

four stars

97.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
85.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.70
  Program Expenses Growth 7.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.03 four stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 90.11 four stars
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 89.44 three stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 87.30 three stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.94 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,501,580
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $12,155,716
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $249,546
   Government Grants $178,167
Total Contributions $29,085,009
   Program Service Revenue $45,015,537
Total Primary Revenue $74,100,546
   Other Revenue $7,053,337
TOTAL REVENUE $81,153,883
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $68,393,629
   Administrative Expenses $9,925,505
   Fundraising Expenses $3,217,061
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $81,536,195
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-382,312
   
Net Assets $370,900,411

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
Marine Life Exhibition and Care $31,387,581 45.9%
Education and Outreach $12,193,553 17.8%
Conservation and Research $7,275,504 10.6%

Ratings History
Monterey Bay Aquarium has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 97.03 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.71 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 95.92 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 96.96 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.28 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 89.51 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.05 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 95.64 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 95.32 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 97.18 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 92.91 four stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 90.13 four stars
2005-12 07/01/2007 90.96 four stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 95.82 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 87.27 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 84.35 three stars
2001-12 06/09/2003 98.65 four stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 90.61 four 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 94-2487469
Name in IRS Master File MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM FOUNDATION
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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
$297,472 0.36% Julie Packard Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$274,838 0.33% James Hekkers Managing Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.03 four stars
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 89.44 three stars
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (FL) 97.23 four stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.94 four stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 87.30 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
tel: (800) 840-4880
fax: (831) 644-7554
EIN: 94-2487469

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Board Leadership

Steve Neal
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Julie Packard
Executive Director

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