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Sacramento Zoo

Wildly inspiring

92.21

3930 West Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
tel: (916) 808-5888   Web Site
EIN: 94-2861667

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Stallard
President

CEO
Jason Jacobs
Executive Director, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.21
  Financial 91.50
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Sacramento Zoological Society, formed in 1957, assumed financial and daily management of the zoo (from the City of Sacramento) in July 1997. Since its inception, the society has served as the fund-raising organization for the zoo, providing funds for animal care, education and conservation programs. We design our nationally recognized education programs for children and adults of all ages. Society-sponsored school programs reach an average of 60,000 to 80,000 students per year-both at the zoo and off-site at area schools and community venues. More than 10,500 local and regional households are members of the Sacramento Zoological Society.

The Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Sacramento Zoological Society, formed in 1957, assumed financial and daily management of the zoo (from the City of Sacramento) in July 1997. Since its inception, the society has served as the fund-raising organization for the zoo, providing funds for animal care, education and conservation programs. We design our nationally recognized education programs for children and adults of all ages. Society-sponsored school programs reach an average of 60,000 to 80,000 students per year-both at the zoo and off-site at area schools and community venues. More than 10,500 local and regional households are members of the Sacramento Zoological Society.

Financial

91.50

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 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)
83.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.34
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.03
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sacramento Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sacramento Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sacramento Zoo (CA) 92.21
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 87.85
Oakland Zoo (CA) 97.48
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.19

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $779,265
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $36,396
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $308,610
Total Contributions $1,124,271
   Program Service Revenue $6,204,562
Total Primary Revenue $7,328,833
   Other Revenue $1,394,210
TOTAL REVENUE $8,723,043
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,340,052
   Administrative Expenses $944,926
   Fundraising Expenses $365,373
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,650,351
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $72,692
   
Net Assets $13,976,996

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
Animal Care $4,097,491 55.8%
Membership and Visitor Services $1,489,541 20.3%
Education and Sustainability $1,753,020 23.9%

Ratings History
Sacramento Zoo has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 92.21
2018-12 03/01/2020 92.47
2017-12 10/01/2019 93.38
2016-12 06/01/2018 91.17
2015-12 08/01/2017 90.69
2014-12 03/01/2017 91.55
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.62
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 88.21
2013-12 07/01/2015 89.74
2012-12 12/20/2013 86.84
2011-12 11/06/2012 93.71
2010-12 02/01/2012 87.95
2009-12 09/20/2011 95.65
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 94.64
2008-12 04/01/2010 91.77
2007-12 12/17/2008 82.00
2006-12 02/01/2008 84.77
2005-12 02/01/2007 71.77
2004-12 02/01/2006 74.77
2003-12 05/01/2005 72.88

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-2861667
Name in IRS Master File SACRAMENTO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
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 (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 March, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$164,984 1.90% Jason Jacobs Executive Director, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sacramento Zoo (CA) 92.21
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 93.83
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 94.50
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 88.55
National Aviary (PA) 93.16

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Charity Contact Info

Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
tel: (916) 808-5888
fax: (916) 264-5887
EIN: 94-2861667

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Stallard
President

CEO

Jason Jacobs
Executive Director, CEO

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