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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Santa Barbara Zoo

30 acres, 500 animals, 1 great zoo

four stars

94.78

500 Niños Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93103
tel: (805) 962-5339   Web Site
EIN: 95-2268554

Board Leadership
George Leis
Chair

CEO
Rich Block
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.78 four stars
  Financial 93.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. The Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. The Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a vital cooperative conservation program comprised of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited partner zoos and aquariums. Over 200 different species are managed, aimed at maintaining genetic diversity within captive populations, sustaining these captive populations, and guarding against extinction.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. The Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. The Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a vital cooperative conservation program comprised of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited partner zoos and aquariums. Over 200 different species are managed, aimed at maintaining genetic diversity within captive populations, sustaining these captive populations, and guarding against extinction.

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Financial

four stars

93.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
83.4%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.46
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 94.78 four stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 89.67 three stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,465,004
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,711,051
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,176,055
   Program Service Revenue $6,105,056
Total Primary Revenue $10,281,111
   Other Revenue $3,549,047
TOTAL REVENUE $13,830,158
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,470,154
   Administrative Expenses $1,368,725
   Fundraising Expenses $656,226
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,495,105
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,335,053
   
Net Assets $29,213,888

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 and Park Operation $10,470,154 100.0%

Ratings History
Santa Barbara Zoo has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 94.78 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.98 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 93.81 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 93.14 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 83.57 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.38 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.07 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 91.95 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 89.49 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 83.66 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.58 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 90.93 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 80.84 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 84.77 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 95-2268554
Name in IRS Master File SANTA BARBARA ZOOLOGICAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, 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 May, 1964
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$263,642 2.10% Richard Block CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 94.78 four stars
The Zoo Society (WA) 89.39 three stars
Minnesota Zoo Foundation (MN) 86.94 three stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 89.67 three stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
tel: (805) 962-5339
fax: (805) 962-1673
EIN: 95-2268554

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Board Leadership

George Leis
Chair

CEO

Rich Block
Chief Executive Officer

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