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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

The Gorilla Foundation

Conservation through communication

one star

68.91

1733 Woodside Road Suite 330
Redwood City, CA 94061
tel: (800) 634-6273   Web Site
EIN: 94-2386151

Board Leadership
Penny Patterson
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Penny Patterson
Co-Founder and President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.91 one star
  Financial 76.25 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00 one star
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Gorilla Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, protection and well-being of gorillas through interspecies communication research and education. The Foundation was established in 1976 and is best known for its groundbreaking work with two western lowland gorillas, Koko and Michael, who were taught to become fluent in American Sign Language. Our current goals include: establishing the Maui Ape Preserve; helping Koko to have a baby, with her new mate, Ndume, and thus foster cultural transmission of a human-taught language to a new generation of gorillas; providing and modeling the best care for gorillas in captivity; and developing multimedia and web-based educational resources for partner institutions, schools and advocates.

The Gorilla Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, protection and well-being of gorillas through interspecies communication research and education. The Foundation was established in 1976 and is best known for its groundbreaking work with two western lowland gorillas, Koko and Michael, who were taught to become fluent in American Sign Language. Our current goals include: establishing the Maui Ape Preserve; helping Koko to have a baby, with her new mate, Ndume, and thus foster cultural transmission of a human-taught language to a new generation of gorillas; providing and modeling the best care for gorillas in captivity; and developing multimedia and web-based educational resources for partner institutions, schools and advocates.

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Financial

two stars

76.25

Accountability & Transparency

one star

63.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth -7.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Gorilla Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Gorilla Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Gorilla Foundation (CA) 68.91 one star
International Primate Protection League (SC) 93.74 four stars
National Wildlife Federation (VA) 85.58 three stars
Polar Bears International (MT) 92.81 four stars
The Jane Goodall Institute (VA) 87.23 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,203,131
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,203,131
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,203,131
   Other Revenue $35,698
TOTAL REVENUE $1,238,829
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $975,594
   Administrative Expenses $138,225
   Fundraising Expenses $260,652
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,374,471
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-135,642
   
Net Assets $2,313,885

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
Gorilla Care and Welfare $422,279 43.3%
Interspecies Communication Research $320,136 32.8%
Conservation Activities $125,981 12.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-05 06/01/2019 68.91 one star
2017-05 09/01/2018 74.60 two stars
2016-05 10/01/2017 81.95 three stars
2015-05 07/01/2016 73.97 two stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 82.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 09/01/2015 82.91 three stars
2013-05 07/01/2014 75.54 two stars
2012-05 06/01/2013 79.93 two stars
2011-05 05/01/2012 75.67 two stars
2010-05 09/20/2011 84.70 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-05 05/01/2011 81.36 three stars
2009-05 05/01/2010 80.09 three stars
2008-05 07/01/2009 65.94 one star
2007-05 05/01/2008 66.37 one star
2006-05 04/01/2007 60.71 one star
2005-05 09/01/2006 58.98 one star
2004-05 09/01/2005 58.69 one star
2003-05 09/01/2004 76.04 two stars
2002-05 06/09/2003 69.61 one star
2001-05 10/15/2002 75.60 two 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 94-2386151
Name in IRS Master File GORILLA FOUNDATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 March, 1977
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$16,421 1.19% Francine G. Patterson President
Other Salaries of Note
$80,325 5.84% Ronald H. Cohn Treasurer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Gorilla Foundation (CA) 68.91 one star
National Wildlife Federation (VA) 85.58 three stars
American Bird Conservancy (VA) 93.50 four stars
Wildlife Center of Virginia (VA) 94.28 four stars
Global Wildlife Conservation (TX) 96.29 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Gorilla Foundation
1733 Woodside Road
Suite 330
Redwood City, CA 94061
tel: (800) 634-6273
fax: (650) 365-7906
EIN: 94-2386151

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Board Leadership

Penny Patterson
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Penny Patterson
Co-Founder and President

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