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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

The Zoo Society

Supporting the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

three stars

89.19

5400 North Pearl Street Tacoma, WA 98407
tel: (253) 404-3651   Web Site
EIN: 91-6066667

Board Leadership
Heather Parkinson-Firestine
President

CEO
Ruthann Howell
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.19 three stars
  Financial 97.07 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Point Defiance Zoological Society connects Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) and our local and global communities, and mobilizes the community's time, talent and financial resources to enhance the zoo experience for visitors and animals. The Zoo Society supports PDZA and its efforts to promote responsible stewardship of the world's resources through education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities. The 29-acre zoological park is the second most popular tourist destination in Pierce County, attracting about 600,000 visitors a year. The Zoo sits within 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The Zoo currently houses 792 animals from 98 different species.

The Point Defiance Zoological Society connects Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) and our local and global communities, and mobilizes the community's time, talent and financial resources to enhance the zoo experience for visitors and animals. The Zoo Society supports PDZA and its efforts to promote responsible stewardship of the world's resources through education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities. The 29-acre zoological park is the second most popular tourist destination in Pierce County, attracting about 600,000 visitors a year. The Zoo sits within 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The Zoo currently houses 792 animals from 98 different species.

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Financial

four stars

97.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
83.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.36
  Program Expenses Growth 35.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Zoo Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Zoo Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Zoo Society (WA) 89.19 three stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.94 three stars
Fort Wayne Zoological Society (IN) 86.61 three stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,837,652
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $164,359
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,002,011
   Program Service Revenue $614,666
Total Primary Revenue $2,616,677
   Other Revenue $-39,798
TOTAL REVENUE $2,576,879
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,126,988
   Administrative Expenses $134,210
   Fundraising Expenses $167,010
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,428,208
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $148,671
   
Net Assets $7,618,593

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
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Support $2,126,988 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 89.19 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 85.45 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 81.60 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 76.72 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 76.69 two stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 75.52 two stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 85.86 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 84.13 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.52 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.46 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 74.65 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 82.85 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 84.15 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 78.92 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 92.83 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 75.36 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 44.11 zero star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 91-6066667
Name in IRS Master File POINT DEFIANCE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
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 (59) Other school related activities
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 October, 1951
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
$98,380 4.05% Lawrence Norvell Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Zoo Society (WA) 89.19 three stars
Friends of the Zoo (TN) 91.36 four stars
Rhode Island Zoological Society (RI) 87.49 three stars
Minnesota Zoo Foundation (MN) 86.94 three stars
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (NY) 85.81 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Zoo Society
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
tel: (253) 404-3651
EIN: 91-6066667

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Board Leadership

Heather Parkinson-Firestine
President

CEO

Ruthann Howell
Executive Director

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