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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Palm Beach Zoo

Florida's wildest place

89.06

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

Board Leadership
Michele Kessler
Chair

CEO
Margo Mcknight
CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.06
  Financial 89.14
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

89.14

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.69
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.1%
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) 89.06
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.00
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60
Chicago Zoological Society (IL) 86.57
National Aviary (PA) 93.16

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,030,637
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $639,293
   Fundraising Events $1,679,684
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $426,289
Total Contributions $4,775,903
   Program Service Revenue $4,593,629
Total Primary Revenue $9,369,532
   Other Revenue $898,938
TOTAL REVENUE $10,268,470
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,515,509
   Administrative Expenses $1,654,933
   Fundraising Expenses $312,114
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,482,556
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-214,086
   
Net Assets $37,272,165

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 $7,682,402 90.2%
Education and Public Awareness $833,107 9.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 89.06
2018-09 02/01/2020 89.46
2017-09 12/01/2018 90.68
2016-09 03/01/2018 91.84
2015-09 04/01/2017 90.94
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.27
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.57
2013-09 05/01/2015 89.07
2012-09 12/01/2013 88.80
2011-09 09/01/2012 85.27
2010-09 12/01/2011 86.47
2009-09 09/20/2011 86.82
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 81.36
2008-09 02/01/2010 77.98
2007-09 10/01/2008 90.50
2006-09 07/01/2007 98.28
2005-09 02/01/2007 83.24
2004-09 02/01/2006 83.12
2003-09 09/01/2004 66.77
2002-09 10/01/2003 70.53

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$125,293 1.19% Margo Mcknight CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$189,570 1.80% Kathleen Breland Interim CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.06
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.19
Sacramento Zoo (CA) 92.21
Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 90.30

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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
Chair

CEO

Margo Mcknight
CEO

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