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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

The Philadelphia Zoo

America's first zoo

four stars

90.84

3400 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104
tel: (215) 243-1100   Web Site
EIN: 23-1352298

Board Leadership
F. William McNabb, III
Chair

CEO
Vikram Dewan
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.84 four stars
  Financial 87.05 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Philadelphia Zoo is to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants. Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has focused on educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families. Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. The Zoo is the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year.

The mission of the Philadelphia Zoo is to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants. Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has focused on educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families. Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. The Zoo is the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year.

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Financial

three stars

87.05

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
80.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.22
  Program Expenses Growth 2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Philadelphia Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Philadelphia Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 90.84 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 100.00 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 94.55 four stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.10 three stars
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 86.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,039,871
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,359,281
   Fundraising Events $734,485
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $302,550
Total Contributions $19,436,187
   Program Service Revenue $9,612,856
Total Primary Revenue $29,049,043
   Other Revenue $9,823,053
TOTAL REVENUE $38,872,096
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $32,723,787
   Administrative Expenses $6,953,471
   Fundraising Expenses $1,467,593
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $41,144,851
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,272,755
   
Net Assets $103,337,560

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
Exhibits and Garden Care $22,375,037 68.4%
Animal Care $7,473,328 22.8%
Education and Conservation Programming $2,875,422 8.8%

Ratings History
The Philadelphia Zoo has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-02 08/01/2019 90.84 four stars
2017-02 06/01/2019 90.64 four stars
2017-02 08/01/2018 90.22 four stars
2016-02 04/01/2018 91.79 four stars
2016-02 05/01/2017 89.05 three stars
2015-02 06/01/2016 92.24 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-02 09/01/2015 94.51 four stars
2013-02 10/01/2014 92.01 four stars
2012-02 07/01/2013 92.82 four stars
2011-02 12/01/2012 90.18 four stars
2011-02 04/01/2012 89.78 three stars
2010-02 09/20/2011 90.14 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-02 07/01/2011 87.37 three stars
2009-02 08/01/2010 93.16 four stars
2008-02 08/01/2009 85.29 three stars
2007-02 08/01/2008 72.15 two stars
2006-02 02/01/2007 74.10 two stars
2005-02 05/01/2006 77.26 two stars
2004-02 01/05/2005 82.82 three stars
2003-02 02/01/2004 84.87 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 23-1352298
Name in IRS Master File ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA
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 (59) Other school related activities
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 October, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End February
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • February, 2017
  • February, 2016
  • February, 2015
  • February, 2014
  • February, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$408,652 0.99% Vikram H. Dewan President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 90.84 four stars
Zoo Atlanta (GA) 91.00 four stars
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 90.35 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.00 three stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
tel: (215) 243-1100
fax: (215) 243-5385
EIN: 23-1352298

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Board Leadership

F. William McNabb, III
Chair

CEO

Vikram Dewan
President & CEO

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