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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

North Carolina Zoological Society

Saving a piece of the world for its wildlife

four stars

93.97

4403 Zoo Parkway Asheboro, NC 27205
tel: (888) 244-3736   Web Site
EIN: 56-0990900

Board Leadership
Michael J Fisher
Chair

CEO
Cheryl Armstrong
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.97 four stars
  Financial 91.48 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The North Carolina Zoological Society (NCZS) supports the North Carolina Zoological Park. The NCZS supports Zoo programs that receive no funding or only partial funding from the State of North Carolina. The NCZS provides significant or total funding for the following: animals purchased by the Zoo; exhibit plants; endangered plant species programs; the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center; a veterinary residency program in zoological medicine; training and equipment for the Zoo's animal enrichment programs; wildlife rehabilitation programs; education/conservation web sites; an elephant conservation program in Cameroon; Sylvan Heights Waterfowl; conservation field programs; visiting artist programs and artwork; capital development projects; and the Pisgah Covered Bridge and surrounding park and recreation area.

The North Carolina Zoological Society (NCZS) supports the North Carolina Zoological Park. The NCZS supports Zoo programs that receive no funding or only partial funding from the State of North Carolina. The NCZS provides significant or total funding for the following: animals purchased by the Zoo; exhibit plants; endangered plant species programs; the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center; a veterinary residency program in zoological medicine; training and equipment for the Zoo's animal enrichment programs; wildlife rehabilitation programs; education/conservation web sites; an elephant conservation program in Cameroon; Sylvan Heights Waterfowl; conservation field programs; visiting artist programs and artwork; capital development projects; and the Pisgah Covered Bridge and surrounding park and recreation area.

Financial

four stars

91.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
89.1%
  Administrative Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.91
  Program Expenses Growth 3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Carolina Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Carolina Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 93.97 four stars
The Zoo Society (WA) 89.39 three stars
Zoo Miami Foundation (FL) 98.35 four stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 97.19 four stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 92.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,293,178
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,675,190
   Fundraising Events $66,020
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,034,388
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,034,388
   Other Revenue $1,994,052
TOTAL REVENUE $11,028,440
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,829,793
   Administrative Expenses $248,390
   Fundraising Expenses $407,013
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,485,196
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,543,244
   
Net Assets $26,187,607

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
Financial & Promotional Support $4,543,705 77.9%
Membership Services $1,236,673 21.2%
Zoo Education $49,415 0.8%

Ratings History
North Carolina Zoological Society has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 93.97 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 91.16 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 90.19 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 94.49 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.20 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 89.01 three stars
2014-12 11/01/2015 88.80 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 90.57 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 90.94 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 87.43 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 88.38 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.83 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/01/2010 85.63 three stars
2008-12 12/15/2009 72.23 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 89.04 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 91.29 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 82.17 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 74.02 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 85.84 three 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 56-0990900
Name in IRS Master File NORTH CAROLINA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY 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 (927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 March, 1971
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
$154,265 2.37% Cheryl Armstrong Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
None reported -- Cheryl Turner Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 93.97 four stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 93.32 four stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 97.19 four stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.39 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

North Carolina Zoological Society
4403 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
tel: (888) 244-3736
fax: (336) 879-3963
EIN: 56-0990900

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Board Leadership

Michael J Fisher
Chair

CEO

Cheryl Armstrong
Executive Director

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