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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Fort Wayne Zoological Society

Supporting the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

three stars

87.14

3411 Sherman Boulevard Fort Wayne, IN 46808
tel: (260) 427-6800   Web Site
EIN: 35-6068234

Board Leadership
Kathleen Anderson
President

CEO
James Anderson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.14 three stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Connecting kids with animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care about the world around them - this is the mission of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and something that zoo staff members are proud to pursue every day.

For 50 years, the zoo has carried out this mission by providing innovative and engaging exhibits, fun animal encounters, and space for quality family interaction. We also present engaging educational programs to audiences both inside and outside the zoo campus. We strive to be the best children's zoo in the nation - and serve our local community to the best of our ability - as we endeavor to provide an exemplary experience for each zoo guest.

Connecting kids with animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care about the world around them - this is the mission of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and something that zoo staff members are proud to pursue every day.

For 50 years, the zoo has carried out this mission by providing innovative and engaging exhibits, fun animal encounters, and space for quality family interaction. We also present engaging educational programs to audiences both inside and outside the zoo campus. We strive to be the best children's zoo in the nation - and serve our local community to the best of our ability - as we endeavor to provide an exemplary experience for each zoo guest.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of free participants on field trips
12,500
Number of paid participants on field trips
70,000
Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation
40
Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst
1,200
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
86.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.05
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fort Wayne Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fort Wayne Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 87.14 three stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 92.02 four stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 92.45 four stars
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 94.01 four stars
Reid Park Zoological Society (AZ) 90.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,307,643
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,991,358
   Fundraising Events $481,186
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,780,187
   Program Service Revenue $4,903,419
Total Primary Revenue $10,683,606
   Other Revenue $1,131,134
TOTAL REVENUE $11,814,740
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,228,018
   Administrative Expenses $1,233,976
   Fundraising Expenses $394,439
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,856,433
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,041,693
   
Net Assets $24,115,394

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
Zoo Operations $7,336,811 60.0%
Animal Exhibits & Improvements $3,668,405 30.0%
Educational and Membership Services $1,222,802 10.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 87.14 three stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 86.61 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 87.27 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 87.27 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.27 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 87.23 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 85.57 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 86.75 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 83.61 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 84.03 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.33 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 93.13 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 93.65 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 96.56 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 98.49 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 76.97 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 81.44 three stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 78.09 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 85.46 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 88.85 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 35-6068234
Name in IRS Master File FORT WAYNE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(59) Other school related activities
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, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$206,144 1.48% James Anderson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 87.14 three stars
The Zoo Society (WA) 89.39 three stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 89.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Fort Wayne Zoological Society
3411 Sherman Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
tel: (260) 427-6800
fax: (260) 427-6820
EIN: 35-6068234

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Board Leadership

Kathleen Anderson
President

CEO

James Anderson
Executive Director

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