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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

three stars

86.26

5500 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
tel: (206) 548-2500   Web Site
EIN: 91-6070005

Board Leadership
Matt Rosauer
Chair

CEO
Alejandro Grajal
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.26 three stars
  Financial 80.58 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/03/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and certified by the rigorous American Humane Conservation program. The Humane Certified™ seal of approval is another important validation of the zoo's long-standing tradition of meeting the highest standards in animal welfare. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats through more than 30 field projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Each year, the zoo engages more than a million visitors of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and walks of life in extraordinary experiences with animals, inspiring them to make conservation a priority in their lives and a difference in our planet's future ecological health and sustainability.

Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and certified by the rigorous American Humane Conservation program. The Humane Certified™ seal of approval is another important validation of the zoo's long-standing tradition of meeting the highest standards in animal welfare. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats through more than 30 field projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Each year, the zoo engages more than a million visitors of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and walks of life in extraordinary experiences with animals, inspiring them to make conservation a priority in their lives and a difference in our planet's future ecological health and sustainability.

Financial

three stars

80.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/03/2018 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)
82.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth 1.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Woodland Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Woodland Park Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 86.26 three stars
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 87.14 three stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 91.00 four stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 86.02 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,603,778
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,525,539
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $13,343,218
Total Contributions $22,472,535
   Program Service Revenue $19,863,797
Total Primary Revenue $42,336,332
   Other Revenue $64,729
TOTAL REVENUE $42,401,061
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $31,080,085
   Administrative Expenses $5,793,663
   Fundraising Expenses $1,870,149
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $38,743,897
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,657,164
   
Net Assets $21,904,804

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
Grounds and Facilities $9,579,395 30.6%
Animal Care $9,108,977 29.1%
Conservation and Education $5,156,744 16.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/03/2018 86.26 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 87.41 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/04/2016 88.23 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 90.24 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 87.52 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 85.34 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 82.39 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 82.62 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.96 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 76.19 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 87.83 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 86.25 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 88.07 three stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 81.45 three stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 87.76 three stars
2003-12 03/01/2005 85.27 three stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 87.98 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 71.03 two stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 82.59 three 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 91-6070005
Name in IRS Master File WOODLAND PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 January, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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
$174,207 0.44% Alejandro Grajal President And CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$212,175 0.54% Bruce Bohmke Chief Operating Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 86.26 three stars
The Living Desert (CA) 97.58 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.09 four stars
The Toledo Zoo (OH) 92.16 four stars
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 91.76 four stars

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Official Charity Response

Please note that our financial scores are impacted by major new exhibit activity.  Both the contributions for and the expenses related to building major new exhibits vary significantly from year to year and drive increases and decreases in our annual revenues and expenses.  For its financial scores, Charity Navigator compares the most recent (2016) income statement amounts to those from three years ago (2013).  

In 2013, we raised $4 million for a new exhibit and incurred $3 million in exhibit expenses, while 2016 saw essentially no exhibit fundraising nor expenses.  Our policy of expensing donor-funded exhibit improvements (due to City ownership of the zoo grounds) creates fluctuations from year to year that many other organizations do not experience, yet impact our Charity Navigator ratings.

Charity Contact Info

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
tel: (206) 548-2500
fax: (206) 548-1536
TTY: (206) 548-2599
EIN: 91-6070005

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Board Leadership

Matt Rosauer
Chair

CEO

Alejandro Grajal
President and CEO

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