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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Nashville Zoo

99.89

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

Board Leadership
Ed Goodrich
Chairman

CEO
Rick Schwartz
President and CEO

Charity Navigator

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 99.89
  Financial 99.85
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

99.85

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.45
  Program Expenses Growth 11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.5%
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) 99.89
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 94.79
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 90.96
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.00
Houston Zoo (TX) 94.94

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,082,271
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,266,449
   Fundraising Events $563,979
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,683,215
Total Contributions $14,595,914
   Program Service Revenue $7,383,429
Total Primary Revenue $21,979,343
   Other Revenue $6,783,526
TOTAL REVENUE $28,762,869
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,782,623
   Administrative Expenses $2,235,403
   Fundraising Expenses $1,110,051
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,128,077
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,634,792
   
Net Assets $110,456,830

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 $16,178,244 96.4%
Conservation $537,620 3.2%
Education $66,759 0.4%

Ratings History
Nashville Zoo has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 99.89
2018-12 05/01/2020 100.00
2017-12 07/01/2019 100.00
2016-12 04/01/2018 98.99
2015-12 05/01/2017 98.09
2014-12 06/01/2016 100.00
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 99.19
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.73
2013-12 04/01/2015 94.11
2012-12 12/01/2013 86.89
2011-12 02/01/2013 83.62
2010-12 04/01/2012 82.50
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.71
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.29
2008-12 04/01/2010 83.97
2007-12 07/01/2009 86.32
2006-12 11/01/2007 88.80
2005-12 12/01/2006 98.57
2004-12 12/01/2005 98.86
2003-12 10/01/2004 98.94

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$523,527 2.60% Rick Schwartz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Zoo (TN) 99.89
Houston Zoo (TX) 94.94
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 90.96
Zoo New England (MA) 94.09
John Ball Zoo (MI) 92.69

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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

Ed Goodrich
Chairman

CEO

Rick Schwartz
President and CEO

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