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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

National Aquarium, Baltimore

We inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

three stars

82.48

501 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
tel: (410) 576-3800   Web Site
EIN: 52-1121163

Board Leadership
Marc Bunting
Chair

CEO
John C. Racanelli
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.48 three stars
  Financial 75.56 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

Transforming experiences reach well beyond the Aquariums' walls. Education teams reach thousands of students each year with activities in schools and in the field; conservation crews and volunteers restore habitats and preserve species around the Chesapeake Bay and around the world; and the National Aquarium continues to serve as an economic engine for tourism in the city of Baltimore. Through all of its work, the National Aquarium maintains its long-time commitment to serving the surrounding communities.

The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

Transforming experiences reach well beyond the Aquariums' walls. Education teams reach thousands of students each year with activities in schools and in the field; conservation crews and volunteers restore habitats and preserve species around the Chesapeake Bay and around the world; and the National Aquarium continues to serve as an economic engine for tourism in the city of Baltimore. Through all of its work, the National Aquarium maintains its long-time commitment to serving the surrounding communities.

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Financial

two stars

75.56

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.43
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.19
  Program Expenses Growth -1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Aquarium, Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Aquarium, Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 82.48 three stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 89.24 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (FL) 92.47 four stars
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 88.29 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,906,677
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $1,353,729
   Government Grants $3,273,965
Total Contributions $8,534,371
   Program Service Revenue $36,466,107
Total Primary Revenue $45,000,478
   Other Revenue $2,658,478
TOTAL REVENUE $47,658,956
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,335,451
   Administrative Expenses $9,939,729
   Fundraising Expenses $5,180,986
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $51,456,166
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,797,210
   
Net Assets $65,221,006

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
Aquarium Experience $29,295,255 80.6%
Conservation & Education $7,040,196 19.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 82.48 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 88.24 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 87.87 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 87.30 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.65 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 95.75 four stars
2013-12 02/01/2015 91.60 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 93.24 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 89.88 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 88.69 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 87.65 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.44 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 82.87 three stars
2008-12 12/15/2009 83.21 three stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 80.88 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 78.20 two stars
2005-12 08/01/2007 73.60 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 81.49 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 70.51 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 79.54 two 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 52-1121163
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL AQUARIUM 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 (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 April, 1979
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$404,208 0.78% John C. Racanelli President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 82.48 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.26 four stars
Niagara Aquarium Foundation (NY) 86.39 three stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 93.24 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Aquarium, Baltimore
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
tel: (410) 576-3800
EIN: 52-1121163

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Board Leadership

Marc Bunting
Chair

CEO

John C. Racanelli
Chief Executive Officer

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