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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

The Horticultural Society of New York

Cultivating Plants, People & Purpose

four stars

90.80

148 West 37th Street 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 757-0915   Web Site
EIN: 13-0854930

Board Leadership
Jared Goss
Chair

CEO
Sara Hobel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.80 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. There is a growing body of evidence that the act of cultivating plants, proximity to trees and plant life, and time spent in greenspaces aid in the treatment of mental illness, improve well-being, and reduce health inequalities.

Founded in 1902, The Hort remains committed to promoting meaningful connections to the natural world in ways that respond to the needs of the communities and constituencies we serve. This commitment has continuously fostered the evolution of our programs.

The mission of The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. There is a growing body of evidence that the act of cultivating plants, proximity to trees and plant life, and time spent in greenspaces aid in the treatment of mental illness, improve well-being, and reduce health inequalities.

Founded in 1902, The Hort remains committed to promoting meaningful connections to the natural world in ways that respond to the needs of the communities and constituencies we serve. This commitment has continuously fostered the evolution of our programs.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
90.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.20
  Program Expenses Growth 22.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Horticultural Society of New York on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Horticultural Society of New York on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys
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To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 90.80 four stars
Arboretum Foundation (WA) 87.40 three stars
Naples Botanical Garden (FL) 93.08 four stars
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (PA) 87.40 three stars
Norfolk Botanical Garden (VA) 87.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $931,033
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $400
   Fundraising Events $296,904
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $910,620
Total Contributions $2,138,957
   Program Service Revenue $2,789,254
Total Primary Revenue $4,928,211
   Other Revenue $48,870
TOTAL REVENUE $4,977,081
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,982,574
   Administrative Expenses $298,929
   Fundraising Expenses $180,550
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,462,053
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $515,028
   
Net Assets $4,824,922

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
Urban Greening $1,918,919 48.2%
Therapeutic Gardening $1,250,767 31.4%
Education and Information Services $812,888 20.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 90.80 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 89.24 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 88.81 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 88.81 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 88.75 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.43 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 92.17 four stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 87.08 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 77.41 two stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 78.78 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 77.72 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-06 12/01/2009 81.22 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 82.67 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 80.32 three stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 72.37 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 79.46 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 79.58 two stars
2002-06 12/01/2003 77.14 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 13-0854930
Name in IRS Master File HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK INC
NTEE Code C42
NTEE Classification Garden Club, Horticultural Program
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(59) Other school related 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 May, 1944
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$309,757 6.94% Sara Hobel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Horticultural Society of New York (NY) 90.80 four stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 85.39 three stars
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FL) 96.95 four stars
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI) 92.42 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation (MI) 96.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street
13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 757-0915
fax: (212) 246-1207
EIN: 13-0854930

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Board Leadership

Jared Goss
Chair

CEO

Sara Hobel
Executive Director

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