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Aquarium of the Pacific

Instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems

four stars

91.67

100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802
tel: (562) 590-3100   Web Site
EIN: 33-0532354

Board Leadership
John C. Molina
Chairman

CEO
Jerry R. Schubel
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.67 four stars
  Financial 88.61 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Aquarium's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems, by involving the community, the region, and the nation in engaging, educational, and empowering exhibits and programs. Our vision is to create the first aquarium, and perhaps the first institution, in the world dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).
Opened in 1998 and located on the urban waterfront in Long Beach, California, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. The 156,000 square foot campus houses over 11,000 animal inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, which provide the foundation for all Aquarium activities and serve as ambassadors for their animal counterparts in the wild.

The Aquarium's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems, by involving the community, the region, and the nation in engaging, educational, and empowering exhibits and programs. Our vision is to create the first aquarium, and perhaps the first institution, in the world dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).
Opened in 1998 and located on the urban waterfront in Long Beach, California, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. The 156,000 square foot campus houses over 11,000 animal inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, which provide the foundation for all Aquarium activities and serve as ambassadors for their animal counterparts in the wild.

Financial

three stars

88.61

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.65
  Program Expenses Growth 4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aquarium of the Pacific on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aquarium of the Pacific on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 91.67 four stars
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 89.14 three stars
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.30 four stars
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (FL) 95.87 four stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.93 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,309,320
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $394,362
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,142,139
Total Contributions $19,845,821
   Program Service Revenue $28,777,964
Total Primary Revenue $48,623,785
   Other Revenue $4,281,141
TOTAL REVENUE $52,904,926
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $25,944,936
   Administrative Expenses $3,707,006
   Fundraising Expenses $1,489,186
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $31,141,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $21,763,798
   
Net Assets $50,169,813

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
Animal Care $12,546,616 48.4%
Guest Services $7,208,152 27.8%
Education $4,447,967 17.1%

Ratings History
Aquarium of the Pacific has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 08/01/2018 91.67 four stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 90.11 four stars
2014-12 11/01/2016 92.32 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.78 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 89.95 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.67 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.63 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 79.25 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 79.65 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.61 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 72.52 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 85.03 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 87.34 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 84.06 three stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 85.22 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 78.75 two stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 72.76 two stars
2002-12 03/01/2004 67.33 one star
2001-09 02/05/2003 59.44 one star

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

EIN 33-0532354
Name in IRS Master File AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 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 November, 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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$406,300 1.30% Jerry Schubel President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 91.67 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 88.88 three stars
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.30 four stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.94 four stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 87.87 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
tel: (562) 590-3100
fax: (562) 951-1629
EIN: 33-0532354

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 21669
Long Beach, CA 90801

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Board Leadership

John C. Molina
Chairman

CEO

Jerry R. Schubel
President, CEO

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