Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Inspiring conservation of the oceans

four stars

97.26

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 97.26 four stars
  Financial 97.55 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Total number of paid admissions
1,590,550
Total number of free admissions
357,657
Number of free participants on field trips
107,724
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

97.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
83.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.68
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $40,715,245
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $13,858,188
   Fundraising Events $3,661,749
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $22,844
Total Contributions $58,258,026
   Program Service Revenue $54,578,000
Total Primary Revenue $112,836,026
   Other Revenue $12,040,110
TOTAL REVENUE $124,876,136
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $81,491,606
   Administrative Expenses $9,493,727
   Fundraising Expenses $5,620,168
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $96,605,501
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $28,270,635
   
Net Assets $461,647,479

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$318,210 0.32% Julie Packard Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.26 four stars
Niagara Aquarium Foundation (NY) 86.39 three stars
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 88.29 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 90.97 four 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