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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Nashville Zoo

four stars

100.00

3777 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211
tel: (615) 833-1534   Web Site
EIN: 62-1411210

Board Leadership
Julie W. Walker
Chairman

CEO
Rick Schwartz
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Nashville Zoo's mission is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Utilizing diverse learning opportunities, the Zoo's overall conservation and education message is to provide visitors of all ages a better understanding of and connection with the natural world. We strive to inspire and empower positive attitudes to affect change for the better.

Conservation is a critical part of Nashville Zoo's mission. Through our Wild Works Global Conservation initiatives we are actively involved in research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard.

Nashville Zoo's mission is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Utilizing diverse learning opportunities, the Zoo's overall conservation and education message is to provide visitors of all ages a better understanding of and connection with the natural world. We strive to inspire and empower positive attitudes to affect change for the better.

Conservation is a critical part of Nashville Zoo's mission. Through our Wild Works Global Conservation initiatives we are actively involved in research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.68
  Program Expenses Growth 10.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Zoo (TN) 100.00 four stars
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 88.24 three stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 95.86 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 90.23 four stars
The Toledo Zoo (OH) 92.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,946,998
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,194,935
   Fundraising Events $220,260
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,853,516
Total Contributions $18,215,709
   Program Service Revenue $6,075,205
Total Primary Revenue $24,290,914
   Other Revenue $4,906,533
TOTAL REVENUE $29,197,447
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,541,588
   Administrative Expenses $1,652,887
   Fundraising Expenses $763,841
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,958,316
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,239,131
   
Net Assets $94,484,684

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
Zoo $13,496,008 92.8%
Conservation $615,876 4.2%
Education $429,704 2.9%

Ratings History
Nashville Zoo has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 07/01/2019 100.00 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 98.99 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 98.09 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 100.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 99.19 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.73 four stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 94.11 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 86.89 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 83.62 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 82.50 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.71 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.29 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 83.97 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 86.32 three stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 88.80 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 98.57 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 98.86 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 98.94 four stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 98.93 four stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 91.53 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 62-1411210
Name in IRS Master File NASHVILLE ZOO INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational 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 May, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$530,038 3.12% Rick Schwartz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Zoo (TN) 100.00 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 89.52 three stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 92.87 four stars
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 92.58 four stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 86.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
tel: (615) 833-1534
EIN: 62-1411210

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Board Leadership

Julie W. Walker
Chairman

CEO

Rick Schwartz
President and CEO

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