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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

National Aviary

The nation's only non-profit, free-standing indoor facility dedicated to avian exhibition, education, and conservation.

four stars

93.16

700 Arch Street Allegheny Commons West
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
tel: (412) 323-7235   Web Site
EIN: 25-1667146

Board Leadership
Michael Mascaro
President

CEO
Cheryl Tracy
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.16 four stars
  Financial 93.34 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, the National Aviary's diverse collection comprises 450 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or critically endangered in the wild. The National Aviary's large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other - an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found anywhere else in the world. The mission of the National Aviary is to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, the National Aviary's diverse collection comprises 450 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or critically endangered in the wild. The National Aviary's large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other - an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found anywhere else in the world. The mission of the National Aviary is to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

Financial

four stars

93.34

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

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)
76.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.34
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Aviary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Aviary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Aviary (PA) 93.16 four stars
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 89.90 three stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.19 three stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 87.85 three stars
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 89.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,087,452
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $313,250
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,826,900
Total Contributions $4,227,602
   Program Service Revenue $3,005,734
Total Primary Revenue $7,233,336
   Other Revenue $222,071
TOTAL REVENUE $7,455,407
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,424,611
   Administrative Expenses $1,005,586
   Fundraising Expenses $647,226
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,077,423
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $377,984
   
Net Assets $20,989,857

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
Visitor Recreation and Education $1,559,022 28.7%
On-Site Avian Treatment and Care $926,366 17.1%
Wildlife Conservation and Research $565,087 10.4%

Ratings History
National Aviary has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 93.16 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 92.32 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 90.73 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 91.86 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 91.41 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.30 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 91.42 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.44 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 87.55 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 84.79 three stars
2010-12 11/06/2012 81.28 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 79.93 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.10 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 85.21 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 70.33 two stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 86.80 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 92.10 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 86.45 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 88.90 three stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 76.92 two 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 25-1667146
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL AVIARY PITTSBURGH INC
NTEE Code D05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 August, 1992
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
$164,526 2.32% Cheryl Tracy Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Aviary (PA) 93.16 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 97.48 four stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 87.85 three stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28 three stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 89.07 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Allegheny Commons West
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
tel: (412) 323-7235
fax: (412) 321-4364
EIN: 25-1667146

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Board Leadership

Michael Mascaro
President

CEO

Cheryl Tracy
Executive Director

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