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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Where Beauty Comes Naturally

four stars

92.53

One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA 15213
tel: (412) 622-6914   Web Site
EIN: 25-1492587

Board Leadership
Michael Herald
Chair

CEO
Richard V. Piacentini
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.53 four stars
  Financial 96.60 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspace, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood. In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspace, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood. In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.

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Financial

four stars

96.60

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 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)
89.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.36
  Program Expenses Growth 9.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.53 four stars
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 90.05 four stars
San Antonio Botanical Garden Society (TX) 89.41 three stars
Wave Hill (NY) 87.08 three stars
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (TX) 90.15 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,887,831
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,723,235
   Fundraising Events $136,647
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,410,105
Total Contributions $12,157,818
   Program Service Revenue $4,126,741
Total Primary Revenue $16,284,559
   Other Revenue $2,107,370
TOTAL REVENUE $18,391,929
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,857,284
   Administrative Expenses $726,786
   Fundraising Expenses $669,922
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,253,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,137,937
   
Net Assets $61,760,150

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
Horticulture $1,928,323 17.8%
Guest Services $1,637,386 15.1%
Education $615,286 5.7%

Ratings History
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 12/01/2018 92.53 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 92.71 four stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 92.71 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.71 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 92.65 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 87.82 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 86.19 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.45 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.35 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 88.63 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 98.42 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 90.83 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 88.14 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 79.95 two stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 85.01 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 95.28 four stars
2002-12 08/01/2003 88.41 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 96.23 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 95.05 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 25-1492587
Name in IRS Master File PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS INC
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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 July, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$377,415 3.07% Richard Piacentini Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.53 four stars
The New York Botanical Garden (NY) 90.56 four stars
Naples Botanical Garden (FL) 87.78 three stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 87.30 three stars
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (VA) 95.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
tel: (412) 622-6914
EIN: 25-1492587

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Board Leadership

Michael Herald
Chair

CEO

Richard V. Piacentini
Executive Director

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