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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society

Building community support and providing funding for zoo improvements

four stars

90.07

606 South Randall Avenue Madison, WI 53715
tel: (608) 258-9490   Web Site
EIN: 39-6077008

Board Leadership
Chris Henderson
Board Chair

CEO
Alison Prange
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.07 four stars
  Financial 87.83 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society was organized as the Madison Zoological and Aquarium Society in 1914. The society's purpose is to build community support and provide funding for improvements to the Henry Vilas Zoo. This includes the acquisition, conservation, and replacement of animals; refurbishing and creating new exhibits; supporting educational programs; and improving the overall educational and recreational value of the zoo. The Zoological Society contributes generously to the Zoo's operating budget. The society has been instrumental in providing funding for many zoo improvements, generally in partnership with the county and city.

The Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society was organized as the Madison Zoological and Aquarium Society in 1914. The society's purpose is to build community support and provide funding for improvements to the Henry Vilas Zoo. This includes the acquisition, conservation, and replacement of animals; refurbishing and creating new exhibits; supporting educational programs; and improving the overall educational and recreational value of the zoo. The Zoological Society contributes generously to the Zoo's operating budget. The society has been instrumental in providing funding for many zoo improvements, generally in partnership with the county and city.

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Financial

three stars

87.83

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

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)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.14
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 90.07 four stars
Reid Park Zoological Society (AZ) 90.45 four stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 86.61 three stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 85.82 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,845,207
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $199,971
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,045,178
   Program Service Revenue $16,248
Total Primary Revenue $2,061,426
   Other Revenue $1,703,237
TOTAL REVENUE $3,764,663
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,263,749
   Administrative Expenses $418,419
   Fundraising Expenses $69,756
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,751,924
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,012,739
   
Net Assets $6,768,647

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 Activities $1,198,785 52.9%
Food and Gift Locations $843,378 37.3%
Educational Programs $185,609 8.2%
Volunteer Program $35,977 1.6%

Ratings History
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.07 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 93.90 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 95.00 four stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 90.85 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 09/01/2015 92.07 four stars
2013-03 10/01/2014 92.36 four stars
2012-03 07/01/2013 88.66 three stars
2011-03 02/01/2013 87.03 three stars
2011-03 04/01/2012 86.12 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 78.31 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 70.14 two stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 69.65 one star
2008-03 07/01/2009 96.12 four stars
2007-03 03/01/2008 96.45 four stars
2006-03 02/01/2007 92.72 four stars
2005-03 01/01/2006 92.39 four stars
2004-03 02/01/2005 74.10 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 39-6077008
Name in IRS Master File HENRY VILAS PARK 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 (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(927) Fundraising
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 March, 1962
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
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$155,293 5.64% Alison Prange President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 90.07 four stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 89.74 three stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.94 three stars
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 91.98 four stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 86.61 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society
606 South Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715
tel: (608) 258-9490
fax: (608) 258-1490
EIN: 39-6077008

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Board Leadership

Chris Henderson
Board Chair

CEO

Alison Prange
Executive Director

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