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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

A World Where All Life Thrives

94.60

2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 557-3947   Web Site
EIN: 95-1648219

Board Leadership
Steven Tappan
Board Chairman

CEO
Douglas Myers
President, CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.60
  Financial 92.99
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

Financial

92.99

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.85
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 91.32
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 92.22
The Toledo Zoo (OH) 95.10
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 90.36

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $133,293,731
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,458,704
   Fundraising Events $1,493,630
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $19,613,399
Total Contributions $157,859,464
   Program Service Revenue $232,029,376
Total Primary Revenue $389,888,840
   Other Revenue $32,203,359
TOTAL REVENUE $422,092,199
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $260,188,897
   Administrative Expenses $33,893,897
   Fundraising Expenses $9,433,667
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $303,516,461
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $118,575,738
   
Net Assets $629,457,621

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
Zoological Habitat and Wildlife Care $223,122,902 85.8%
Research and Conservation $28,503,387 11.0%
Education and Outreach $8,562,608 3.3%

Ratings History
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 94.60
2018-12 05/01/2020 96.37
2017-12 06/01/2019 92.58
2016-12 05/01/2018 92.36
2015-12 03/01/2017 90.13
2014-12 12/21/2016 89.25
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.09
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 89.32
2013-12 03/01/2015 93.81
2012-12 02/01/2014 92.81
2011-12 12/20/2012 91.55
2010-12 02/01/2012 87.23
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.04
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 88.42
2008-12 07/01/2010 91.37
2007-12 04/01/2009 90.49
2006-12 05/01/2008 93.88
2005-12 07/01/2007 93.84
2004-12 05/01/2006 92.47
2003-12 05/01/2005 70.23

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-1648219
Name in IRS Master File ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
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
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 April, 1942
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$977,859 0.32% Douglas Myers President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 93.83
Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 85.52
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 88.55
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 96.67

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Charity Contact Info

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 557-3947
fax: (619) 744-3345
EIN: 95-1648219

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 120551
San Diego, CA 92112

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Board Leadership

Steven Tappan
Board Chairman

CEO

Douglas Myers
President, CEO

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