Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Wildlife Conservation Society

Saving wildlife

four stars

94.19

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 94.19 four stars
  Financial 92.83 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

92.83

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.17
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $77,867,633
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,206,310
   Fundraising Events $687,575
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $115,873,631
Total Contributions $197,635,149
   Program Service Revenue $60,289,736
Total Primary Revenue $257,924,885
   Other Revenue $20,724,917
TOTAL REVENUE $278,649,802
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $236,511,769
   Administrative Expenses $32,348,891
   Fundraising Expenses $11,963,644
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $280,824,304
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,174,502
   
Net Assets $852,189,931

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,271,198 0.45% Christian Samper President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$1,414,983 0.50% John F. Calvelli Executive VP, Public Affairs

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 94.19 four stars
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 86.85 three stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 89.52 three stars
Sedgwick County Zoological Society (KS) 90.32 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 92.39 four 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