Animals : Zoos and Aquariums (Grantmaking)

Como Friends

Creating memories and inspiring appreciation of the natural world

three stars

89.39

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

Board Leadership
Matt Kramer
Board Chair

CEO
Jackie Sticha
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.39 three stars
  Financial 85.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

85.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
67.5%
  Administrative Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.97
  Program Expenses Growth 13.3%
  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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,263,327
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $294,078
   Fundraising Events $374,460
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,931,865
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,931,865
   Other Revenue $811,445
TOTAL REVENUE $2,743,310
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,579,999
   Administrative Expenses $702,616
   Fundraising Expenses $500,154
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,782,769
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,039,459
   
Net Assets $13,693,822

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$158,471 4.18% Jackie Sticha President

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Como Friends (MN) 89.39 three stars
Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (WI) 88.43 three stars
Oregon Zoo Foundation (OR) 95.00 four stars
Santa Barbara Zoo (CA) 93.05 four stars
Zoological Society of Milwaukee (WI) 93.32 four 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
Board Chair

CEO

Jackie Sticha
President