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Aquarium of the Pacific

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

92.31

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

Board Leadership
Kathleen Eckert
Chair of Board

CEO
Jerry R. Schubel
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.31
  Financial 89.56
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

89.56

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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)
83.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.79
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.6%
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) 92.31
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 91.08
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 92.32
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 92.67
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 85.91

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,607,557
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $482,119
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,526,806
Total Contributions $7,616,482
   Program Service Revenue $31,448,160
Total Primary Revenue $39,064,642
   Other Revenue $4,139,067
TOTAL REVENUE $43,203,709
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $31,385,647
   Administrative Expenses $4,483,047
   Fundraising Expenses $1,637,360
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $37,506,054
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,697,655
   
Net Assets $62,094,247

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 $15,177,669 48.4%
Guest Services $8,719,717 27.8%
Education $5,380,716 17.1%

Ratings History
Aquarium of the Pacific has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 92.31
2018-12 06/01/2020 93.24
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.33
2016-12 08/01/2018 91.67
2015-12 07/01/2017 90.11
2014-12 11/01/2016 92.32
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.78
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 89.95
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.67
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.63
2011-12 03/01/2013 79.25
2010-12 04/01/2012 79.65
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.61
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 72.52
2008-12 06/01/2010 85.03
2007-12 07/01/2009 87.34
2006-12 05/01/2008 84.06
2005-12 02/01/2007 85.22
2004-12 04/01/2006 78.75
2003-12 11/01/2004 72.76

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$466,433 1.24% Jerry R. Schubel President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 92.31
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 92.32
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 85.91
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.66
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.78

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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

Kathleen Eckert
Chair of Board

CEO

Jerry R. Schubel
President & CEO

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