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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Building community through gardening

two stars

71.37

2715 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206
tel: (513) 221-0981   Web Site
EIN: 31-0559893

Board Leadership
Sue Sturgeon
President

CEO
Karen Kahle
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 71.37 two stars
  Financial 66.68 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1942, the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati is the second oldest non-profit civic garden center in the State of Ohio. The Center enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. It is an oasis in the city - eight beautifully landscaped acres open daily to visitors at no charge and located 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The Center provides education and information to individuals, schools, organizations and businesses through its Horticulture Helpline, library, classes, hands-on workshops, tours, special events and outreach programs. Our Neighborhood Gardens program touches 23 communities with over 47 active gardens. Compost Kids and Summer Sprouts programs introduce young people to gardening.

Founded in 1942, the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati is the second oldest non-profit civic garden center in the State of Ohio. The Center enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. It is an oasis in the city - eight beautifully landscaped acres open daily to visitors at no charge and located 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The Center provides education and information to individuals, schools, organizations and businesses through its Horticulture Helpline, library, classes, hands-on workshops, tours, special events and outreach programs. Our Neighborhood Gardens program touches 23 communities with over 47 active gardens. Compost Kids and Summer Sprouts programs introduce young people to gardening.

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Financial

one star

66.68

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
55.9%
  Administrative Expenses 41.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.11
  Program Expenses Growth -12.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati (OH) 71.37 two stars
The Polly Hill Arboretum (MA) 88.94 three stars
Idaho Botanical Gardens (ID) 88.36 three stars
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ) 85.61 three stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 91.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $580,134
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $580,134
   Program Service Revenue $39,883
Total Primary Revenue $620,017
   Other Revenue $140,749
TOTAL REVENUE $760,766
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $408,835
   Administrative Expenses $451,740
   Fundraising Expenses $26,000
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $886,575
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-125,809
   
Net Assets $1,740,956

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
Garden Programs $117,083 28.6%
Youth Environmental Education $110,008 26.9%
Green Learning Station $100,039 24.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 71.37 two stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 73.33 two stars
2016-12 08/01/2017 79.83 two stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 77.39 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 79.60 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 77.05 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 72.62 two stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 80.37 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 80.88 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.08 three stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 92.66 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 06/01/2010 92.33 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 88.44 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 73.81 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 69.18 one star
2004-12 05/01/2006 73.67 two stars
2003-12 07/01/2005 85.92 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 31-0559893
Name in IRS Master File CIVIC GARDEN CENTER OF GREATER CINCINNATI
NTEE Code C40
NTEE Classification Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 January, 1950
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, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$54,425 6.13% Karen Kahle Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati (OH) 71.37 two stars
North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. (NC) 90.51 four stars
Naples Botanical Garden (FL) 91.49 four stars
Worcester County Horticultural Society (MA) 87.47 three stars
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) 86.06 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
tel: (513) 221-0981
EIN: 31-0559893

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Board Leadership

Sue Sturgeon
President

CEO

Karen Kahle
Executive Director

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