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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Wildlife Conservation Society

Saving wildlife

four stars

93.24

2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460
tel: (718) 741-1654   Web Site
EIN: 13-1740011

Board Leadership
Antonia M. Grumbach
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Cristián Samper
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.24 four stars
  Financial 91.32 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

Financial

four stars

91.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.11
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wildlife Conservation Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wildlife Conservation Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 93.24 four stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 90.80 four stars
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 90.13 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 94.86 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $58,903,551
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $6,328,098
   Fundraising Events $874,897
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $103,758,283
Total Contributions $169,864,829
   Program Service Revenue $64,929,823
Total Primary Revenue $234,794,652
   Other Revenue $21,175,412
TOTAL REVENUE $255,970,064
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $207,277,755
   Administrative Expenses $34,671,451
   Fundraising Expenses $10,871,925
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $252,821,131
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,148,933
   
Net Assets $783,189,022

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
Global Conservation and Health Programs $102,470,101 49.4%
Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium $80,299,670 38.7%
City Zoos $24,507,984 11.8%

Ratings History
Wildlife Conservation Society has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 12/22/2017 93.24 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 93.46 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.94 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.06 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 89.93 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.62 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.19 four stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 91.99 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 90.50 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 91.76 four stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 91.72 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 93.12 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 92.12 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 97.74 four stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 98.77 four stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 98.81 four stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 96.16 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 98.68 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 13-1740011
Name in IRS Master File WILDLIFE CONSERVATION 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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 February, 1939
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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$941,732 0.37% Christian Samper President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 93.24 four stars
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 91.79 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.39 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 90.19 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 87.79 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
tel: (718) 741-1654
EIN: 13-1740011

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Board Leadership

Antonia M. Grumbach
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Cristián Samper
President and CEO

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