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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary

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four stars

98.75

27 East Main Street P.O. Box 393
Hohenwald, TN 38462
tel: (931) 796-6500   Web Site
EIN: 62-1587327

Board Leadership
Richard Rhoda
Chairperson

CEO
Janice Zeitlin
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.75 four stars
  Financial 98.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee-85 miles southwest of Nashville. The Elephant Sanctuary exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being; and to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity, and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is not intended to provide entertainment, and it is therefore closed to the general public.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee-85 miles southwest of Nashville. The Elephant Sanctuary exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being; and to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity, and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is not intended to provide entertainment, and it is therefore closed to the general public.

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This impact information is current as of January 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

98.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 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)
86.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.20
  Program Expenses Growth 8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Elephant Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Elephant Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.75 four stars
Animals Asia Foundation Limited (CA) 86.12 three stars
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA) 91.35 four stars
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 94.64 four stars
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,437,545
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,437,545
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,437,545
   Other Revenue $877,176
TOTAL REVENUE $8,314,721
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,479,585
   Administrative Expenses $292,915
   Fundraising Expenses $209,674
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,982,174
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,332,547
   
Net Assets $45,760,609

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
Shelter and Care $3,768,536 84.1%
Education $711,049 15.9%

Ratings History
The Elephant Sanctuary has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/01/2018 98.75 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 98.88 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 97.15 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.01 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 93.11 four stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 93.46 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 90.53 four stars
2011-12 09/01/2013 81.25 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 76.34 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 85.69 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.20 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 82.21 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 98.79 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 98.83 four stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 98.70 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 95.84 four stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 98.93 four stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 89.72 three stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 99.10 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 62-1587327
Name in IRS Master File THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE
NTEE Code D31
NTEE Classification Protection of Endangered Species
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 April, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • 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
$129,231 2.59% Janice Zeitlin Vice President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.75 four stars
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA (CA) 96.46 four stars
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 94.64 four stars
Our Companions Animal Rescue (CT) 95.20 four stars
Keepers of the Wild (AZ) 89.05 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Elephant Sanctuary
27 East Main Street
P.O. Box 393
Hohenwald, TN 38462
tel: (931) 796-6500
fax: (931) 796-7493
EIN: 62-1587327

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Board Leadership

Richard Rhoda
Chairperson

CEO

Janice Zeitlin
CEO

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