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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

The Zoo Society

Supporting the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

78.78

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
Excecutive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.78
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 70.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

70.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
87.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.76
  Program Expenses Growth 24.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
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) 78.78
Rhode Island Zoological Society (RI) 85.83
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 97.19
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16
Friends of the Zoo (TN) 88.29

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $461,341
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $140,480
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $601,821
   Program Service Revenue $689,856
Total Primary Revenue $1,291,677
   Other Revenue $-58,599
TOTAL REVENUE $1,233,078
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,940,566
   Administrative Expenses $143,882
   Fundraising Expenses $129,483
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,213,931
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-980,853
   
Net Assets $9,050,731

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 $1,940,566 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 10/01/2021 78.78
2018-12 05/01/2020 89.39
2017-12 05/01/2019 89.19
2016-12 05/01/2018 85.45
2015-12 06/01/2017 81.60
2014-12 06/01/2016 76.72
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 76.69
2012-12 05/01/2014 75.52
2011-12 05/01/2013 85.86
2011-12 04/01/2013 84.13
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.52
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.46
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 74.65
2008-12 07/01/2010 82.85
2007-12 07/01/2009 84.15
2006-12 07/01/2008 78.92
2005-12 03/01/2007 92.83
2004-12 02/01/2006 75.36
2003-12 04/01/2005 44.11

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)
(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
$88,542 3.99% Ruthann Howell Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Zoo Society (WA) 78.78
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 86.47
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 93.05
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16
Friends of the Zoo (TN) 88.29

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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
Excecutive Director

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