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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Where Beauty Comes Naturally

91.72

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

Board Leadership
Walter Burlack
Chair

CEO
Richard V. Piacentini
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.72
  Financial 93.93
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

93.93

Accountability & Transparency

90.00

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)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.97
  Program Expenses Growth 6.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 91.72
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.60
The Holden Arboretum (OH) 88.61
Arboretum Foundation (WA) 87.40
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 92.22

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,753,434
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,881,780
   Fundraising Events $238,624
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,794,531
Total Contributions $8,668,369
   Program Service Revenue $5,167,225
Total Primary Revenue $13,835,594
   Other Revenue $1,553,568
TOTAL REVENUE $15,389,162
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,831,333
   Administrative Expenses $817,797
   Fundraising Expenses $794,036
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,443,166
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,945,996
   
Net Assets $67,144,784

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
Guest Services $1,928,331 16.3%
Horticulture $1,923,599 16.3%
Education $839,036 7.1%

Ratings History
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 05/01/2021 91.72
2018-09 03/01/2020 92.12
2017-09 12/01/2018 92.53
2016-09 03/01/2018 92.71
2015-09 02/01/2017 92.71
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.71
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 92.65
2012-12 12/01/2013 87.82
2011-12 06/01/2013 86.19
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.45
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.35
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 88.63
2008-12 05/01/2010 98.42
2007-12 07/01/2009 90.83
2006-12 05/01/2008 88.14
2005-12 12/01/2006 79.95
2004-12 11/01/2005 85.01
2003-12 10/01/2004 95.28
2002-12 08/01/2003 88.41
2001-12 10/15/2002 96.23

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$394,655 2.93% Richard Piacentini President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (PA) 91.72
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.88
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.40
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 88.61
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 91.35

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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

Walter Burlack
Chair

CEO

Richard V. Piacentini
Executive Director

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