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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

San Francisco Zoo

Connecting people with wildlife

three stars

84.03

One Zoo Road San Francisco, CA 94132
tel: (415) 753-7172   Web Site
EIN: 94-1429538

Board Leadership
Robert Pedrero
Chair

CEO
Tanya Peterson
Executive Director & President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.03 three stars
  Financial 78.54 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1889, San Francisco Zoo connects people with wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. We designed the Zoo with the underlying belief that interaction and activity lead to conservation action. We hope that caring for specific animals will inspire people to care for all wildlife and that this is the first step in the journey to becoming a conservationist. The San Francisco Zoo is a multi-faceted place: a recreation area where people can relax and have fun; a center for wildlife that provides exemplary care for rare and endangered species; a community organization serving the people of the Bay Area; an educational center providing formal and informal learning programs for children and adults; a park and nature center showcasing native plants and gardens and a bird sanctuary and bird watcher's paradise.

Founded in 1889, San Francisco Zoo connects people with wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. We designed the Zoo with the underlying belief that interaction and activity lead to conservation action. We hope that caring for specific animals will inspire people to care for all wildlife and that this is the first step in the journey to becoming a conservationist. The San Francisco Zoo is a multi-faceted place: a recreation area where people can relax and have fun; a center for wildlife that provides exemplary care for rare and endangered species; a community organization serving the people of the Bay Area; an educational center providing formal and informal learning programs for children and adults; a park and nature center showcasing native plants and gardens and a bird sanctuary and bird watcher's paradise.

Financial

two stars

78.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 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)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 84.03 three stars
The Toledo Zoo (OH) 96.93 four stars
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 91.93 four stars
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 94.44 four stars
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 87.41 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,716,376
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $341,349
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,120,000
Total Contributions $9,177,725
   Program Service Revenue $15,288,876
Total Primary Revenue $24,466,601
   Other Revenue $-203,791
TOTAL REVENUE $24,262,810
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $20,740,970
   Administrative Expenses $1,667,259
   Fundraising Expenses $1,874,048
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $24,282,277
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-19,467
   
Net Assets $8,517,366

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
Animal Collections and Exhibits $12,703,275 61.2%
Membership Services, Admissions, Education $5,839,506 28.2%
General Public Service $2,198,189 10.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 10/01/2017 84.03 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 85.38 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.73 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 87.14 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 88.51 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 83.02 three stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 74.16 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 74.97 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 68.30 one star
2008-06 07/01/2009 79.19 two stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 85.52 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 79.93 two stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 71.08 two stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 73.59 two stars
2003-06 11/01/2004 77.46 two stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 78.59 two stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 80.12 three stars
2000-06 10/15/2002 64.14 one star

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

EIN 94-1429538
Name in IRS Master File SAN FRANCISCO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 August, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$347,154 1.42% Tanya Peterson Executive Director, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 84.03 three stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.09 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 87.79 three stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 94.86 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 95.08 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

San Francisco Zoo
One Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132
tel: (415) 753-7172
fax: (415) 681-2039
TTY: (415) 753-8141
EIN: 94-1429538

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Board Leadership

Robert Pedrero
Chair

CEO

Tanya Peterson
Executive Director & President

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