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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Wildlife Conservation Society

Saving wildlife

94.50

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

Board Leadership
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Chair

CEO
Cristian Samper
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.50
  Financial 93.33
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

93.33

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
84.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.80
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 94.50
Zoo New England (MA) 95.01
Nashville Zoo (TN) 99.89
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 91.64
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.19

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $81,936,319
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,658,040
   Fundraising Events $1,562,691
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $105,713,933
Total Contributions $193,870,983
   Program Service Revenue $51,406,470
Total Primary Revenue $245,277,453
   Other Revenue $10,306,239
TOTAL REVENUE $255,583,692
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $253,385,866
   Administrative Expenses $34,495,618
   Fundraising Expenses $10,738,038
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $298,619,522
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-43,035,830
   
Net Assets $798,726,547

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 $115,836,650 45.7%
Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium $111,358,065 43.9%
City Zoos $26,191,151 10.3%

Ratings History
Wildlife Conservation Society has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 09/01/2021 94.50
2019-06 04/01/2021 95.34
2018-06 08/01/2019 94.19
2017-06 08/01/2018 91.96
2016-06 12/22/2017 93.24
2015-06 11/01/2016 93.46
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.94
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.06
2013-06 10/01/2014 89.93
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.62
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.19
2010-06 12/01/2011 91.99
2009-06 09/20/2011 90.50
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 91.76
2008-06 12/15/2009 91.72
2007-06 05/01/2009 93.12
2006-06 07/01/2007 92.12
2005-06 05/01/2006 97.74
2004-06 05/01/2005 98.77
2003-06 08/01/2004 98.81

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$942,777 0.31% Cristian Samper President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 94.50
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 86.82
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 90.96
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 96.67
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.06

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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

Alejandro Santo Domingo
Chair

CEO

Cristian Samper
President & CEO

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