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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Seattle Aquarium

Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment

four stars

90.97

1483 Alaskan Way Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 386-4300   Web Site
EIN: 91-1189249

Board Leadership
Melissa Mager
Board Chair

CEO
Robert W. Davidson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.97 four stars
  Financial 87.88 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Seattle Aquarium is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. To do so we must help citizens learn about the interconnectedness of human behavior, the ocean, and climate change. As our local population grows, we must all work to restore and preserve the spectacular beauty and health of Puget Sound. The Seattle Aquarium is uniquely positioned to help over 850,000 annual visitors, including over 40,000 students, each year understand and become aware of the impact they have on our marine environment.

The mission of the Seattle Aquarium is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. To do so we must help citizens learn about the interconnectedness of human behavior, the ocean, and climate change. As our local population grows, we must all work to restore and preserve the spectacular beauty and health of Puget Sound. The Seattle Aquarium is uniquely positioned to help over 850,000 annual visitors, including over 40,000 students, each year understand and become aware of the impact they have on our marine environment.

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Financial

three stars

87.88

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.84
  Program Expenses Growth 11.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 90.97 four stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 93.24 four stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 89.24 three stars
Niagara Aquarium Foundation (NY) 86.39 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,788,807
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,475,143
   Fundraising Events $741,592
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $102,846
Total Contributions $10,108,388
   Program Service Revenue $13,454,324
Total Primary Revenue $23,562,712
   Other Revenue $1,303,836
TOTAL REVENUE $24,866,548
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,218,485
   Administrative Expenses $2,446,788
   Fundraising Expenses $1,701,055
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,366,328
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,500,220
   
Net Assets $14,887,014

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 Operations $15,218,485 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 90.97 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 89.00 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 84.83 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 81.62 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.07 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.35 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 88.61 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 89.56 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.72 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 73.18 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 64.37 one star
2008-12 05/01/2010 89.91 three stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 96.87 four stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 96.81 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 99.15 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 82.29 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 70.42 two stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 63.56 one star
2001-12 02/05/2003 68.98 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 91-1189249
Name in IRS Master File SEATTLE AQUARIUM SOCIETY-SEAS
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
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 January, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$287,063 1.48% Robert W. Davidson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 90.97 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 89.24 three stars
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.70 four stars
North Carolina Aquarium Society (NC) 88.29 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 386-4300
fax: (206) 682-7240
EIN: 91-1189249

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Board Leadership

Melissa Mager
Board Chair

CEO

Robert W. Davidson
President and CEO

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