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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Dedicated to research, education and conservation, and display of California native plants

four stars

90.80

1212 Mission Canyon Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105
tel: (805) 682-4726   Web Site
EIN: 95-1644628

Board Leadership
Tom Craveiro
Chair

CEO
Steve Windhager, Ph.D.
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.80 four stars
  Financial 87.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Incorporated in 1939, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution, fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. With an emphasis on plants native to California, the Garden advances the knowledge and understanding of plant life and provides a rewarding experience for visitors. The Garden's living collections, including more than 1,000 taxa of plants, are featured throughout 40 acres accessible by over 5.5 miles of public trails. Composed of over 140,000 specimens of plants, the herbarium represents the region's largest scientific collection of preserved central coast plants.

Incorporated in 1939, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution, fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. With an emphasis on plants native to California, the Garden advances the knowledge and understanding of plant life and provides a rewarding experience for visitors. The Garden's living collections, including more than 1,000 taxa of plants, are featured throughout 40 acres accessible by over 5.5 miles of public trails. Composed of over 140,000 specimens of plants, the herbarium represents the region's largest scientific collection of preserved central coast plants.

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Financial

three stars

87.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
74.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.05
  Program Expenses Growth 16.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.80 four stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.06 three stars
The Holden Arboretum (OH) 91.14 four stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 89.60 three stars
Wave Hill (NY) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,320,660
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $291,804
   Fundraising Events $21,874
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,634,338
   Program Service Revenue $901,146
Total Primary Revenue $3,535,484
   Other Revenue $1,433,857
TOTAL REVENUE $4,969,341
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,868,659
   Administrative Expenses $598,240
   Fundraising Expenses $440,808
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,907,707
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,061,634
   
Net Assets $37,589,747

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
Horticulture Program $1,079,669 37.6%
Conservation and Research $984,594 34.3%
Education $489,034 17.0%

Ratings History
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.80 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 90.05 four stars
2015-12 11/01/2016 80.71 three stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 80.51 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 80.16 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 81.09 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 85.63 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 85.39 three stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 85.54 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 85.85 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.12 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 74.15 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 95.76 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 95.74 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 89.89 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 94.98 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 73.55 two stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 75.90 two stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 69.83 one star
2001-12 10/15/2002 62.43 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 95-1644628
Name in IRS Master File SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN INC
NTEE Code C41
NTEE Classification Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable 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 August, 1942
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
$163,100 4.17% Windhager Steven Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.80 four stars
Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. (CA) 89.78 three stars
American Horticultural Society (VA) 86.89 three stars
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (TX) 92.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
tel: (805) 682-4726
fax: (805) 563-0352
EIN: 95-1644628

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Board Leadership

Tom Craveiro
Chair

CEO

Steve Windhager, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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