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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Lauritzen Gardens

Omaha's Botanical Center

three stars

84.42

100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE 68108
tel: (402) 346-4002   Web Site
EIN: 47-0659701

Board Leadership
Lee Handke
President

CEO
John Newman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.42 three stars
  Financial 80.92 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. We provide memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. The garden is an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility, a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. The Gardens is a 100-acre site featuring many outdoor garden areas that thrives near downtown Omaha. Since opening in 2001, new garden areas have been added each year. These include the Victorian garden, The Song of the Lark Meadow, and a four-acre arboretum and bird sanctuary. The visitor and education center includes a 5,000-square-foot floral display hall, café, gift shop, resource library, classrooms, banquet areas and community room.

Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. We provide memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. The garden is an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility, a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. The Gardens is a 100-acre site featuring many outdoor garden areas that thrives near downtown Omaha. Since opening in 2001, new garden areas have been added each year. These include the Victorian garden, The Song of the Lark Meadow, and a four-acre arboretum and bird sanctuary. The visitor and education center includes a 5,000-square-foot floral display hall, café, gift shop, resource library, classrooms, banquet areas and community room.

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Financial

three stars

80.92

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 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)
62.0%
  Administrative Expenses 18.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.27
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.28
  Program Expenses Growth 11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lauritzen Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lauritzen Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lauritzen Gardens (NE) 84.42 three stars
Arboretum Foundation (WA) 85.16 three stars
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY) 88.89 three stars
Wave Hill (NY) 91.16 four stars
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 88.85 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,949,528
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $634,750
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,000
Total Contributions $4,674,278
   Program Service Revenue $1,548,228
Total Primary Revenue $6,222,506
   Other Revenue $855,024
TOTAL REVENUE $7,077,530
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,036,089
   Administrative Expenses $1,275,616
   Fundraising Expenses $1,196,283
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,507,988
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $569,542
   
Net Assets $51,073,060

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/01/2018 84.42 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 84.18 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 83.79 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 77.88 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 80.52 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 76.62 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 76.29 two stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 74.88 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 78.77 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 77.88 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 78.28 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 78.32 two stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 68.44 one star
2006-12 09/01/2007 76.34 two stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 87.29 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 95.47 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 95.32 four stars
2002-12 02/01/2004 93.24 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 47-0659701
Name in IRS Master File OMAHA BOTANICAL CENTER INC
NTEE Code C11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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, 1989
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- John Newman Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$239,351 3.67% Spencer Crews Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lauritzen Gardens (NE) 84.42 three stars
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (IA) 91.62 four stars
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 89.24 three stars
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 91.01 four stars
Denver Botanic Gardens (CO) 95.41 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE 68108
tel: (402) 346-4002
fax: (402) 346-8948
EIN: 47-0659701

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Board Leadership

Lee Handke
President

CEO

John Newman
Executive Director

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