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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Palm Beach Zoo

Florida's wildest place

three stars

89.46

1301 Summit Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33405
tel: (561) 533-0887   Web Site
EIN: 59-1259270

Board Leadership
Michele Kessler
Chairman

CEO
Margo McKnight
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.46 three stars
  Financial 89.96 three 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 Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, known as the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, is a zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The Zoo houses nearly 800 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. The mission of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. In addition to exciting animals from all over the world living in natural habitats, the Zoo features a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, a full service restaurant, daily performances of the Wings Over Water bird show, and many other programs and events throughout each day. The Zoo offers a wide array of education programs including a dynamic summer Zoo Camp program, an overnight program, field trips, outreach programs, Zoo School and distance learning.

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, known as the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, is a zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The Zoo houses nearly 800 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. The mission of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. In addition to exciting animals from all over the world living in natural habitats, the Zoo features a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, a full service restaurant, daily performances of the Wings Over Water bird show, and many other programs and events throughout each day. The Zoo offers a wide array of education programs including a dynamic summer Zoo Camp program, an overnight program, field trips, outreach programs, Zoo School and distance learning.

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Financial

three stars

89.96

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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.81
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Palm Beach Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Palm Beach Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.46 three stars
Zoo New England (MA) 94.27 four stars
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 93.97 four stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 89.07 three stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,789,249
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $533,889
   Fundraising Events $1,520,638
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $299,037
Total Contributions $4,142,813
   Program Service Revenue $4,194,294
Total Primary Revenue $8,337,107
   Other Revenue $1,878,927
TOTAL REVENUE $10,216,034
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,164,625
   Administrative Expenses $1,160,029
   Fundraising Expenses $567,300
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,891,954
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $324,080
   
Net Assets $37,322,268

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 Operation and Maintenance $6,676,272 81.8%
Education and Public Awareness $1,488,353 18.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 89.46 three stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 90.68 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 91.84 four stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 90.94 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.27 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.57 four stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 89.07 three stars
2012-09 12/01/2013 88.80 three stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 85.27 three stars
2010-09 12/01/2011 86.47 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 86.82 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 81.36 three stars
2008-09 02/01/2010 77.98 two stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 90.50 four stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 98.28 four stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 83.24 three stars
2004-09 02/01/2006 83.12 three stars
2003-09 09/01/2004 66.77 one star
2002-09 10/01/2003 70.53 two stars
2001-09 02/05/2003 69.09 one star

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

EIN 59-1259270
Name in IRS Master File ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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, 1969
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, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Margo Mcknight President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$211,097 2.13% Andrew Aiken Former President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.46 three stars
The Living Desert (CA) 95.86 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 91.94 four stars
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Sacramento Zoo (CA) 92.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
tel: (561) 533-0887
fax: (561) 585-6085
EIN: 59-1259270

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Board Leadership

Michele Kessler
Chairman

CEO

Margo McKnight
President & CEO

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