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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

Como Friends

Creating memories and inspiring appreciation of the natural world

three stars

89.47

1225 Estabrook Drive Saint Paul, MN 55103
tel: (651) 487-8229   Web Site
EIN: 41-1943928

Board Leadership
Matt Kramer
Chair

CEO
Jackie Sticha
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.47 three stars
  Financial 85.11 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our Mission: Como Friends inspires community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from all walks of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world. Our Vision: Como Friends will be the priority fundraising organization among our donors and in the broader community. Admission to the Zoo and Conservatory will remain free. Como Friends will lay the foundation to secure the future of the Zoo and Conservatory for generations to come. Our Values: We will Engage the community and donors of Como Friends; Steward the resources entrusted to us, and respect the wishes of each donor; Embrace growth to support continuous improvements at the Zoo and Conservatory; Serve as a model for an exemplary public-private partnership with the City of Saint Paul; Honor the traditions of the Zoo and Conservatory in our community; and Support education and enjoyment for all, with special concern for those who may not otherwise have access.

Our Mission: Como Friends inspires community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from all walks of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world. Our Vision: Como Friends will be the priority fundraising organization among our donors and in the broader community. Admission to the Zoo and Conservatory will remain free. Como Friends will lay the foundation to secure the future of the Zoo and Conservatory for generations to come. Our Values: We will Engage the community and donors of Como Friends; Steward the resources entrusted to us, and respect the wishes of each donor; Embrace growth to support continuous improvements at the Zoo and Conservatory; Serve as a model for an exemplary public-private partnership with the City of Saint Paul; Honor the traditions of the Zoo and Conservatory in our community; and Support education and enjoyment for all, with special concern for those who may not otherwise have access.

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Financial

three stars

85.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
67.9%
  Administrative Expenses 18.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.11
  Program Expenses Growth 17.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Como Friends on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Como Friends on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (CA) 89.74 three stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.48 three stars
North Carolina Zoological Society (NC) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,454,586
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $278,796
   Fundraising Events $409,810
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,143,192
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,143,192
   Other Revenue $738,635
TOTAL REVENUE $4,881,827
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,547,551
   Administrative Expenses $652,315
   Fundraising Expenses $504,237
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,704,103
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,177,724
   
Net Assets $13,642,240

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
Capital Campaign to Fund Improvements $1,380,925 53.9%
Como Harbor Campaign $700,000 27.3%
Gift Shop $482,987 18.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 09/03/2019 89.47 three stars
2017-12 10/01/2018 84.85 three stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 85.39 three stars
2015-12 09/01/2016 76.93 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 81.17 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 07/01/2015 80.22 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 73.24 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 86.93 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 96.81 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 88.94 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 41-1943928
Name in IRS Master File COMO FRIENDS
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
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 August, 1999
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$153,717 4.14% Jackie Sticha President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Como Friends (MN) 89.47 three stars
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 94.78 four stars
Saint Louis Zoo Association (MO) 92.45 four stars
Detroit Zoological Society (MI) 94.01 four stars
Elmwood Park Zoo (PA) 89.48 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Como Friends
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
tel: (651) 487-8229
fax: (651) 487-8245
EIN: 41-1943928

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Board Leadership

Matt Kramer
Chair

CEO

Jackie Sticha
President

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