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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

Education, conservation, research and recreation

three stars

87.27

3701 South Tenth Street Omaha, NE 68107
tel: (402) 733-8401   Web Site
EIN: 47-0469782

Board Leadership
Walter Scott Jr.
Chairman

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.27 three stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1894 by the City of Omaha as Riverview Park, The Henry Doorly Zoo sits on 112 acres and houses over 12,800 animal specimens. The newest major exhibit, the Bernice Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, opened in May 2008. During 2008, more than 71,500 family memberships were sold and 1,388,014 people visited the zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo Center for Conservation and Research engages in extensive conservation oriented scientific investigation in the areas of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, molecular genetics, nutrition, and rare plant propagation. More than 3,675 educational programs were conducted in 2008. This programming, which included day camps, classes, distance learning classes, and campouts, reached more than 150,000 students.

Established in 1894 by the City of Omaha as Riverview Park, The Henry Doorly Zoo sits on 112 acres and houses over 12,800 animal specimens. The newest major exhibit, the Bernice Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, opened in May 2008. During 2008, more than 71,500 family memberships were sold and 1,388,014 people visited the zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo Center for Conservation and Research engages in extensive conservation oriented scientific investigation in the areas of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, molecular genetics, nutrition, and rare plant propagation. More than 3,675 educational programs were conducted in 2008. This programming, which included day camps, classes, distance learning classes, and campouts, reached more than 150,000 students.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
93.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.79
  Program Expenses Growth 13.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 three stars
Fort Worth Zoo (TX) 85.70 three stars
National Aviary (PA) 90.73 four stars
Denver Zoological Foundation (CO) 88.57 three stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 95.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,295,506
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $9,589,666
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $23,858,535
   Government Grants $2,182,700
Total Contributions $36,926,407
   Program Service Revenue $18,654,985
Total Primary Revenue $55,581,392
   Other Revenue $9,674,241
TOTAL REVENUE $65,255,633
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $49,655,611
   Administrative Expenses $3,020,108
   Fundraising Expenses $269,883
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $52,945,602
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,310,031
   
Net Assets $221,231,472

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
Operation of Zoo and Aquarium $46,865,163 94.4%
Conservation and Research $1,603,124 3.2%
Education $1,187,324 2.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.27 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 87.05 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 74.86 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 74.93 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 74.97 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 73.09 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 75.34 two stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 72.59 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 72.89 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 75.36 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 93.12 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 83.26 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 84.35 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 85.93 three stars
2005-12 03/01/2008 89.53 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 88.10 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 91.48 four stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 91.22 four stars
2001-12 06/09/2003 91.95 four 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 47-0469782
Name in IRS Master File OMAHA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 March, 1953
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$626,356 1.18% Dennis E. Pate Executive Director & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 three stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 85.43 three stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 90.73 four stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.10 three stars
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 88.24 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
3701 South Tenth Street
Omaha, NE 68107
tel: (402) 733-8401
fax: (402) 733-7868
EIN: 47-0469782

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Board Leadership

Walter Scott Jr.
Chairman

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