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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Wave Hill

A public garden and cultural center

three stars

87.08

675 West 252nd Street Bronx, NY 10471
tel: (718) 549-3200   Web Site
EIN: 13-6178903

Board Leadership
Sarah G. Gund & Richard S. Zinman
Co-Chairs

CEO
Karen Meyerhoff
President, Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.08 three stars
  Financial 84.71 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Wave Hill's magnificent gardens and vistas provide a place of peace in the urban landscape and inform a wealth of educational and cultural programs. Our city's children and their teachers gain new science skills and a deeper understanding of the environment through school partnerships and summer programs for teens. Garden tours and workshops, art exhibitions and public programs like the Family Art Project, concerts, and Barefoot Dancing on summer evenings empower children and adults alike to expand their horizons in an exceptional setting.

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Wave Hill's magnificent gardens and vistas provide a place of peace in the urban landscape and inform a wealth of educational and cultural programs. Our city's children and their teachers gain new science skills and a deeper understanding of the environment through school partnerships and summer programs for teens. Garden tours and workshops, art exhibitions and public programs like the Family Art Project, concerts, and Barefoot Dancing on summer evenings empower children and adults alike to expand their horizons in an exceptional setting.

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Financial

three stars

84.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
70.8%
  Administrative Expenses 20.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.55
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wave Hill on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wave Hill on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wave Hill (NY) 87.08 three stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
American Horticultural Society (VA) 87.74 three stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation (MI) 91.46 four stars
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (ME) 85.71 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,787,880
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $209,109
   Fundraising Events $758,245
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,725,710
Total Contributions $4,480,944
   Program Service Revenue $353,926
Total Primary Revenue $4,834,870
   Other Revenue $3,734,809
TOTAL REVENUE $8,569,679
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,596,675
   Administrative Expenses $1,072,117
   Fundraising Expenses $581,029
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,249,821
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,319,858
   
Net Assets $56,175,218

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
Membership and Community Services $1,494,317 26.7%
Security, Maintenance, and Utilities $1,272,545 22.7%
Education $1,155,698 20.6%
Horticulture $1,111,640 19.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 87.08 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 89.55 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 85.00 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 89.59 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 79.22 two stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 80.40 three stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 82.75 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 81.48 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.36 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-06 10/01/2009 93.98 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 90.02 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 80.57 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 83.48 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 72.34 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 76.83 two stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 89.83 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 89.54 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 13-6178903
Name in IRS Master File WAVE HILL INCORPORATED
NTEE Code C40
NTEE Classification Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 June, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$223,113 3.07% Karen Meyerhoff President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wave Hill (NY) 87.08 three stars
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 88.85 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 87.76 three stars
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 91.76 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 90.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471
tel: (718) 549-3200
EIN: 13-6178903

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Board Leadership

Sarah G. Gund & Richard S. Zinman
Co-Chairs

CEO

Karen Meyerhoff
President, Executive Director

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