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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Conserving, educating, and supporting

four stars

92.02

10005 West Blue Mound Road Milwaukee, WI 53226
tel: (414) 258-2333   Web Site
EIN: 39-6077242

Board Leadership
Raymond Wilson
Chair

CEO
Jodi Gibson
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), established in 1910, is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Helping the Milwaukee County Zoo maintain its reputation as Wisconsin's premier educational and cultural treasure is a big part of the Zoological Society's mission. Together, the Zoo and ZSM serve more than 1.3 million Zoo visitors a year. The ZSM and Zoo work together to attract both a strong family base as well as a diverse, non-traditional audience through free days, targeted school programs, evening concerts, special events and other efforts.

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), established in 1910, is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Helping the Milwaukee County Zoo maintain its reputation as Wisconsin's premier educational and cultural treasure is a big part of the Zoological Society's mission. Together, the Zoo and ZSM serve more than 1.3 million Zoo visitors a year. The ZSM and Zoo work together to attract both a strong family base as well as a diverse, non-traditional audience through free days, targeted school programs, evening concerts, special events and other efforts.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
93.4%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.37
  Program Expenses Growth 9.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoological Society of Milwaukee on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Zoological Society of Milwaukee on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 92.02 four stars
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 94.01 four stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Oregon Zoo Foundation (OR) 94.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,228,012
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,094,054
   Fundraising Events $676,174
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $15,998,240
   Program Service Revenue $583,517
Total Primary Revenue $16,581,757
   Other Revenue $-22,718
TOTAL REVENUE $16,559,039
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,508,293
   Administrative Expenses $482,002
   Fundraising Expenses $776,586
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,766,881
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $792,158
   
Net Assets $18,720,514

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
Direct Support of Milwaukee County Zoo $12,894,210 88.9%
Research Grants $1,215,862 8.4%
Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative $398,221 2.7%

Ratings History
Zoological Society of Milwaukee has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 92.02 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 93.83 four stars
2016-09 06/01/2018 90.80 four stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 89.57 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 92.46 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.16 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 87.77 three stars
2013-09 09/01/2014 90.26 four stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 84.40 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 84.22 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 86.46 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 83.26 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 85.87 three stars
2008-09 02/01/2010 77.94 two stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 65.69 one star
2006-09 07/01/2007 82.05 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 84.23 three stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 88.50 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 82.43 three stars
2002-09 09/01/2003 81.12 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 39-6077242
Name in IRS Master File ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY
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 (907) Veterans activities
(908) Patriotic 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 February, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$223,739 1.41% Jodi Gibson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 92.02 four stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Minnesota Zoo Foundation (MN) 86.94 three stars
Zoo Miami Foundation (FL) 97.73 four stars
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 94.01 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Zoological Society of Milwaukee
10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
tel: (414) 258-2333
EIN: 39-6077242

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Board Leadership

Raymond Wilson
Chair

CEO

Jodi Gibson
President, CEO

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