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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

The Polly Hill Arboretum

A Martha's Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark

three stars

85.39

809 State Road West Tisbury, MA 02575
tel: (508) 693-9426   Web Site
EIN: 13-3873765

Board Leadership
Gary Montrowl
President

CEO
Timothy Boland
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.39 three stars
  Financial 82.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1958, the Polly Hill Arboretum, a 70-acre public garden, contains the results of Polly Hill's fifty years of horticultural experimentation. Rare trees and shrubs from around the world are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields, including Polly's famous North Tisbury azaleas, the national stewartia collection, camellias, clematis, crabapples, magnolias, and many more. Our mission is to perpetuate the experimental tradition in horticulture established by Polly Hill by sharing knowledge of plants and scientific procedure through educational programs, research, plant conservation, and exploration. The Arboretum seeks to preserve its meadows and woodlands, to promote an understanding of its collections, and to encourage their utilization for scholarship, observation, and the enjoyment of all.

Founded in 1958, the Polly Hill Arboretum, a 70-acre public garden, contains the results of Polly Hill's fifty years of horticultural experimentation. Rare trees and shrubs from around the world are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields, including Polly's famous North Tisbury azaleas, the national stewartia collection, camellias, clematis, crabapples, magnolias, and many more. Our mission is to perpetuate the experimental tradition in horticulture established by Polly Hill by sharing knowledge of plants and scientific procedure through educational programs, research, plant conservation, and exploration. The Arboretum seeks to preserve its meadows and woodlands, to promote an understanding of its collections, and to encourage their utilization for scholarship, observation, and the enjoyment of all.

Financial

three stars

82.52

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
75.2%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.33
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 19.15
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Polly Hill Arboretum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Polly Hill Arboretum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39 three stars
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (VA) 93.70 four stars
Tulsa Botanic Garden (OK) 86.66 three stars
Idaho Botanical Gardens (ID) 88.36 three stars
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.40 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $473,504
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $473,504
   Program Service Revenue $165,454
Total Primary Revenue $638,958
   Other Revenue $399,514
TOTAL REVENUE $1,038,472
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,160,452
   Administrative Expenses $234,647
   Fundraising Expenses $135,589
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,530,688
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-492,216
   
Net Assets $29,742,963

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
Research & Study Plants, Gardening, Horticulture $1,153,662 99.4%
Educational Seminars and Lectures $6,790 0.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 85.39 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 88.94 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 89.60 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.30 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 79.64 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.40 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 77.21 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 78.07 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 79.92 two stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 83.88 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 83.73 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.89 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 87.14 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 91.07 four stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 82.30 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 72.99 two stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 77.83 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 92.75 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 79.24 two stars
2002-12 02/01/2004 86.00 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 13-3873765
Name in IRS Master File POLLY HILL ARBORETUM INC
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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 July, 1996
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$204,451 13.35% Timothy Boland Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39 three stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 88.89 three stars
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.40 three stars
Olbrich Botanical Society (WI) 92.24 four stars
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (TX) 85.45 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Polly Hill Arboretum
809 State Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
tel: (508) 693-9426
EIN: 13-3873765

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 561
West Tisbury, MA 02575

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Board Leadership

Gary Montrowl
President

CEO

Timothy Boland
Executive Director

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