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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Friends of the Zoo

Supporting the operations of the Chattanooga Zoo

four stars

92.74

301 N. Holtzclaw Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404
tel: (423) 421-1567   Web Site
EIN: 58-1661267

Board Leadership
Bev Coulter
President

CEO
Darde Long
Zoo Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.74 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1985, Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) supports operations of the Chattanooga Zoo for the education and enjoyment of individuals living in and visiting Chattanooga, Tennessee. The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational and recreational opportunity for all. The educational mission stresses understanding of and respect for all living things. A strong commitment to conservation for generations to come is implicit in this mission. Opened in 1937, the Chattanooga Zoo seeks to provide a dignified and aesthetically pleasing environment for the animals.

Founded in 1985, Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) supports operations of the Chattanooga Zoo for the education and enjoyment of individuals living in and visiting Chattanooga, Tennessee. The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational and recreational opportunity for all. The educational mission stresses understanding of and respect for all living things. A strong commitment to conservation for generations to come is implicit in this mission. Opened in 1937, the Chattanooga Zoo seeks to provide a dignified and aesthetically pleasing environment for the animals.

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Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
89.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.49
  Program Expenses Growth 11.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Zoo (TN) 92.74 four stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 92.45 four stars
Oregon Zoo Foundation (OR) 94.75 four stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.48 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,066,202
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $675,000
Total Contributions $1,741,202
   Program Service Revenue $2,521,197
Total Primary Revenue $4,262,399
   Other Revenue $11,150
TOTAL REVENUE $4,273,549
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,318,490
   Administrative Expenses $383,138
   Fundraising Expenses $106,673
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,808,301
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $465,248
   
Net Assets $1,848,259

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 Support $3,318,490 100.0%

Ratings History
Friends of the Zoo has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 92.74 four stars
2018-06 05/01/2019 91.36 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 93.91 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 89.06 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 86.56 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 05/01/2015 88.46 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 91.33 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 94.90 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 78.18 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 75.48 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.77 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 78.05 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 93.50 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 90.23 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 81.97 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 80.46 three stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 76.68 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 82.04 three 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 58-1661267
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE ZOO INC
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (601) Booster club
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 February, 1986
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
$78,768 2.06% Darde Long Zoo Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Zoo (TN) 92.74 four stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 89.67 three stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 89.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the Zoo
301 N. Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
tel: (423) 421-1567
fax: (423) 697-1389
EIN: 58-1661267

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Board Leadership

Bev Coulter
President

CEO

Darde Long
Zoo Director

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