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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

North Carolina Aquarium Society

Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments

three stars

84.04

3125 Poplarwood Court Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27604
tel: (800) 832-3474   Web Site
EIN: 56-1512990

Board Leadership
Olivia Holding
Chair

CEO
W. Neal Conoley Jr.
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.04 three stars
  Financial 77.44 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The North Carolina Aquarium Society is the support organization for the three North Carolina Aquariums. Established in 1986, it is dedicated to assisting these facilities in maintaining their high standards of exhibits, education and conservation programs. The North Carolina Aquariums continue to expand and improve. In 1976, the Aquariums had a little more than two hundred thousand visitors. Today, the three Aquariums educate over one million annual visitors. The Aquariums have completed expansion of all three facilities, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Fort Fisher, doubling the size of each. In 2011, the Aquariums opened their newest site, the restored Jennette's Pier at Nags Head.

The North Carolina Aquarium Society is the support organization for the three North Carolina Aquariums. Established in 1986, it is dedicated to assisting these facilities in maintaining their high standards of exhibits, education and conservation programs. The North Carolina Aquariums continue to expand and improve. In 1976, the Aquariums had a little more than two hundred thousand visitors. Today, the three Aquariums educate over one million annual visitors. The Aquariums have completed expansion of all three facilities, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Fort Fisher, doubling the size of each. In 2011, the Aquariums opened their newest site, the restored Jennette's Pier at Nags Head.

Financial

two stars

77.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.24
  Program Expenses Growth 0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 67.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Carolina Aquarium Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Carolina Aquarium Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 84.04 three stars
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.03 four stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 87.30 three stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 90.11 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 88.80 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,277,905
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,368,581
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,271,176
Total Contributions $3,917,662
   Program Service Revenue $292,619
Total Primary Revenue $4,210,281
   Other Revenue $2,558,697
TOTAL REVENUE $6,768,978
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,942,789
   Administrative Expenses $576,679
   Fundraising Expenses $776,203
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,295,671
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $473,307
   
Net Assets $9,702,267

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
Aquarium Support $3,393,330 68.7%
Gift Shop $1,549,459 31.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 84.04 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 87.45 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.84 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 95.53 four stars
2013-12 02/01/2015 93.87 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 98.84 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 96.62 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.50 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.93 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 88.59 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.51 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.53 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 95.43 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 82.30 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 87.51 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 89.22 three stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 99.37 four stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 99.05 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 56-1512990
Name in IRS Master File THE NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM SOCIETY
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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, 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 August, 1986
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$191,014 3.03% W. Neal Conoley Jr. President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 84.04 three stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 87.30 three stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.94 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 88.80 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 91.30 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

North Carolina Aquarium Society
3125 Poplarwood Court
Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27604
tel: (800) 832-3474
EIN: 56-1512990

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Board Leadership

Olivia Holding
Chair

CEO

W. Neal Conoley Jr.
President

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