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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

Cleveland Zoological Society

The nonprofit partner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

three stars

83.36

3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OH 44109
tel: (216) 635-3343   Web Site
EIN: 34-0816490

Board Leadership
Michael D. Vaughn
President

CEO
Elizabeth Fowler
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.36 three stars
  Financial 76.82 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.

We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.

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Financial

two stars

76.82

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
73.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.76
  Program Expenses Growth -2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Zoological Society (OH) 83.36 three stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 92.02 four stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.48 three stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 92.45 four stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,064,561
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,307,442
   Fundraising Events $316,404
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $200,000
Total Contributions $7,888,407
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,888,407
   Other Revenue $770,179
TOTAL REVENUE $8,658,586
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $4,846,153
   Administrative Expenses $761,882
   Fundraising Expenses $1,287,327
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,895,362
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,763,224
   
Net Assets $14,950,273

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
Funding for Zoo Operation $3,762,733 70.8%
Membership Services $1,384,547 26.1%
Donor Designated and Board Funds $165,561 3.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 83.36 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 91.06 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.05 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.48 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 88.63 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 89.76 three stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 84.41 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 82.88 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 79.02 two stars
2010-12 12/20/2012 80.69 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 80.18 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 77.67 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 70.04 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 87.73 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 93.42 four stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 88.12 three stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 67.98 one star
2004-12 05/01/2006 74.34 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 91.09 four 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 34-0816490
Name in IRS Master File CLEVELAND 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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 Central - the organization is a central type organization (no group exemption) of a National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1958
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$181,771 2.63% Elizabeth Fowler Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Zoological Society (OH) 83.36 three stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Reid Park Zoological Society (AZ) 90.45 four stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 87.14 three stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cleveland Zoological Society
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
tel: (216) 635-3343
fax: (216) 661-7764
EIN: 34-0816490

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Board Leadership

Michael D. Vaughn
President

CEO

Elizabeth Fowler
Executive Director

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