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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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four stars

92.08

3755 NW Highway 17-92 Sanford, FL 32771
tel: (407) 323-4450   Web Site
EIN: 59-1357197

Board Leadership
Alex Williams
Chair

CEO
Dino Ferri
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.08 four stars
  Financial 88.80 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is dedicated to preserving the beauty and wonder of animals and their habitats. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, engaging visitors, and celebrating our natural world. First established as the Sanford Zoo in 1923, the zoo continues to grow as Seminole County's premier recreational and educational attraction. Discovering animals is just the beginning. Over 100,000 school children participate in formal education programs every year, fostering an appreciation for animals and the importance of biodiversity. Conservation of animals is paramount; Species Survival Plans, coordinated through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, are attempting to maintain genetic diversity to ensure healthy, vigorous animals to reproduce now and in the future.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is dedicated to preserving the beauty and wonder of animals and their habitats. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, engaging visitors, and celebrating our natural world. First established as the Sanford Zoo in 1923, the zoo continues to grow as Seminole County's premier recreational and educational attraction. Discovering animals is just the beginning. Over 100,000 school children participate in formal education programs every year, fostering an appreciation for animals and the importance of biodiversity. Conservation of animals is paramount; Species Survival Plans, coordinated through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, are attempting to maintain genetic diversity to ensure healthy, vigorous animals to reproduce now and in the future.

Financial

three stars

88.80

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.07
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.08 four stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.19 three stars
Denver Zoological Foundation (CO) 86.48 three stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 87.62 three stars
The Philadelphia Zoo (PA) 89.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $607,807
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $30,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $600,009
Total Contributions $1,237,816
   Program Service Revenue $4,212,791
Total Primary Revenue $5,450,607
   Other Revenue $918,757
TOTAL REVENUE $6,369,364
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,911,418
   Administrative Expenses $639,626
   Fundraising Expenses $263,197
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,814,241
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $555,123
   
Net Assets $11,591,530

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 a Zoological Park $2,788,662 56.8%
Visitor Services $1,142,127 23.3%
Education $715,576 14.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 10/01/2020 92.08 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 89.07 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 92.50 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 93.91 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.02 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 85.88 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 89.67 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 89.11 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 89.87 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 86.53 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.42 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 96.24 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 96.37 four stars
2007-12 10/01/2008 96.27 four stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 70.84 two stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 77.72 two stars
2004-12 09/01/2005 77.19 two stars
2003-12 08/01/2004 83.52 three stars
2002-12 08/01/2003 78.90 two stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 89.38 three 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 59-1357197
Name in IRS Master File CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY 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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(119) Other cultural or historical activities
(149) Other instruction and training
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 June, 1972
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,226 2.08% Dino Ferri Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.08 four stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 87.85 three stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 92.88 four stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28 three stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 87.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 NW Highway 17-92
Sanford, FL 32771
tel: (407) 323-4450
fax: (407) 321-0900
EIN: 59-1357197

Mail donations to:
PO Box 470309
Lake Monroe, FL 32747

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Board Leadership

Alex Williams
Chair

CEO

Dino Ferri
Chief Executive Officer

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