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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Where Beauty Comes Naturally

four stars

92.71

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 92.71 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
88.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.29
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.1%
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) 92.71 four stars
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (CA) 92.52 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 90.50 four stars
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 93.53 four stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.05 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,624,355
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,339,853
   Fundraising Events $128,496
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,907,198
Total Contributions $5,999,902
   Program Service Revenue $3,307,721
Total Primary Revenue $9,307,623
   Other Revenue $1,773,735
TOTAL REVENUE $11,081,358
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,812,487
   Administrative Expenses $642,037
   Fundraising Expenses $433,176
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,887,700
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $193,658
   
Net Assets $56,185,253

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 $1,481,840 15.1%
Guest Services $1,381,660 14.1%
Education $683,285 7.0%

Ratings History
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$295,393 2.71% Richard Piacentini Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 92.71 four stars
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (CA) 92.52 four stars
American Horticultural Society (VA) 87.74 three stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 91.73 four stars
Huntsville Botanical Garden (AL) 89.76 three 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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