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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

John Ball Zoo

Celebrating the wonders of our natural world

four stars

90.31

1300 West Fulton Street P.O. Box 2506
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
tel: (616) 336-4301   Web Site
EIN: 38-6076879

Board Leadership
Kyle Smith Irwin
President

CEO
Peter D'Arienzo
CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.31 four stars
  Financial 86.90 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of John Ball Zoo is to help individuals gain information about, respect for and an understanding of the Animal Kingdom by providing a quality facility that is accredited by the AZA, providing diverse educational opportunities, enhancing the entertainment and recreational opportunities available to the citizen of West Michigan. John Ball Zoo actively participates in local, state, national and international conservation and research programs to achieve significant breeding and reproductive records.

The mission of John Ball Zoo is to help individuals gain information about, respect for and an understanding of the Animal Kingdom by providing a quality facility that is accredited by the AZA, providing diverse educational opportunities, enhancing the entertainment and recreational opportunities available to the citizen of West Michigan. John Ball Zoo actively participates in local, state, national and international conservation and research programs to achieve significant breeding and reproductive records.

Financial

three stars

86.90

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
  Program Expenses Growth 41.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 44.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by John Ball Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by John Ball Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
John Ball Zoo (MI) 90.31 four stars
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 93.24 four stars
National Aviary (PA) 91.86 four stars
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 87.00 three stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 91.84 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,060,219
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $740,044
   Fundraising Events $166,146
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,966,409
   Program Service Revenue $5,173,746
Total Primary Revenue $7,140,155
   Other Revenue $967,549
TOTAL REVENUE $8,107,704
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,179,826
   Administrative Expenses $1,350,344
   Fundraising Expenses $196,190
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,726,360
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,618,656
   
Net Assets $3,174,305

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
Zoo Operations $2,923,922 35.7%
Caring for Animals $2,273,628 27.8%
Institutional Advancement $1,140,771 13.9%

Ratings History
John Ball Zoo has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.31 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 95.08 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 95.64 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 95.96 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.25 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 88.91 three stars
2010-12 11/06/2012 90.31 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 80.84 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 83.19 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 91.01 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 93.63 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 98.19 four stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 88.82 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2007 84.08 three stars
2003-09 06/01/2004 64.61 one star
2002-09 04/15/2003 65.38 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 38-6076879
Name in IRS Master File JOHN BALL ZOO
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
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 May, 1951
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$172,875 1.77% Peter F. D'Arienzo CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
John Ball Zoo (MI) 90.31 four stars
Denver Zoological Foundation (CO) 85.71 three stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 87.79 three stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 86.36 three stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

John Ball Zoo
1300 West Fulton Street
P.O. Box 2506
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
tel: (616) 336-4301
fax: (616) 336-3907
EIN: 38-6076879

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Board Leadership

Kyle Smith Irwin
President

CEO

Peter D'Arienzo
CEO

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