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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

The Florida Aquarium

Protecting and Restoring our Blue Planet

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four stars

90.00

701 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602
tel: (813) 273-4000   Web Site
EIN: 59-2807815

Board Leadership
Daniel Borasch
Chair

CEO
Roger Germann
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.00 four stars
  Financial 86.44 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Florida Aquarium's mission since opening in 1995 is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Aquarium astounds visitors with the beauty and fragility of our eco-system. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals. It serves as a significant example of Florida's commitment to preserving native landscapes, ecosystems, historical and archaeological sites, and ethnic and cultural traditions representative of the diverse geography unique to our state. The Aquarium has provided cultural enrichment experiences to more than 800,000 visitors, including 100,000 school students and 1,000 teachers.

The Florida Aquarium's mission since opening in 1995 is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Aquarium astounds visitors with the beauty and fragility of our eco-system. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals. It serves as a significant example of Florida's commitment to preserving native landscapes, ecosystems, historical and archaeological sites, and ethnic and cultural traditions representative of the diverse geography unique to our state. The Aquarium has provided cultural enrichment experiences to more than 800,000 visitors, including 100,000 school students and 1,000 teachers.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Total number of paid admissions
800,000
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

86.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 37.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Florida Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Florida Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.00 four stars
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 89.00 three stars
Niagara Aquarium Foundation (NY) 86.39 three stars
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (FL) 92.47 four stars
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 94.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,121,495
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $208,996
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,961,942
Total Contributions $3,292,433
   Program Service Revenue $13,696,176
Total Primary Revenue $16,988,609
   Other Revenue $2,785,314
TOTAL REVENUE $19,773,923
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,094,731
   Administrative Expenses $2,362,473
   Fundraising Expenses $808,681
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,265,885
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,508,038
   
Net Assets $20,005,650

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 $8,795,479 58.3%
Conservation, Research and Animal Programs $4,456,700 29.5%
Education and Community $1,842,552 12.2%

Ratings History
The Florida Aquarium has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 03/01/2019 90.00 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 90.30 four stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 86.27 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 91.43 four stars
2013-09 04/01/2015 86.42 three stars
2012-09 12/20/2013 89.04 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 75.53 two stars
2010-09 12/01/2011 82.96 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 74.04 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 74.80 two stars
2008-09 12/15/2009 81.19 three stars
2007-09 02/01/2009 67.26 one star
2006-09 02/01/2008 85.78 three stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 80.56 three stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 83.43 three stars
2003-09 12/01/2004 73.71 two stars
2002-09 01/01/2004 63.64 one star
2001-09 10/15/2002 66.51 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 59-2807815
Name in IRS Master File FLORIDA AQUARIUM INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 February, 2018
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
$271,905 1.48% Thom Stork President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.00 four stars
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.48 four stars
National Aquarium, Baltimore (MD) 88.24 three stars
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 95.80 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 89.24 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
tel: (813) 273-4000
EIN: 59-2807815

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Board Leadership

Daniel Borasch
Chair

CEO

Roger Germann
Chief Executive Officer

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