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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Birmingham Zoo

Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World

four stars

95.94

2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, AL 35223
tel: (205) 879-0409   Web Site
EIN: 62-1231591

Board Leadership
Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO
William R. Foster
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.94 four stars
  Financial 94.27 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 644,000 visitors annually. Approximately 1,000 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, African elephants and other endangered species from six continents. The mission of the Birmingham Zoo is to inspire passion to conserve the natural world through emphasizing conservation, education, scientific study and recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo's exhibits, programs, facilities and activities. The Zoo's vision is to be the leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the U.S. and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.

Opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 644,000 visitors annually. Approximately 1,000 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, African elephants and other endangered species from six continents. The mission of the Birmingham Zoo is to inspire passion to conserve the natural world through emphasizing conservation, education, scientific study and recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo's exhibits, programs, facilities and activities. The Zoo's vision is to be the leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the U.S. and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.

Financial

four stars

94.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
87.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.01
  Program Expenses Growth 6.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birmingham Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birmingham Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 95.94 four stars
Zoo New England (MA) 92.59 four stars
The Toledo Zoo (OH) 99.00 four stars
Denver Zoological Foundation (CO) 85.71 three stars
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.05 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,554,160
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,477,551
   Fundraising Events $703,700
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,105,000
Total Contributions $6,840,411
   Program Service Revenue $3,882,402
Total Primary Revenue $10,722,813
   Other Revenue $1,412,751
TOTAL REVENUE $12,135,564
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,644,394
   Administrative Expenses $1,211,061
   Fundraising Expenses $174,533
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,029,988
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,105,576
   
Net Assets $31,058,040

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
Operation of Zoo $120,220 1.2%
Educational Programs $120,220 1.2%
Publication and Distribution $111,699 1.2%

Ratings History
Birmingham Zoo has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 95.94 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.44 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.91 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 95.76 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 94.24 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 94.78 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 94.18 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 84.02 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.24 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 78.15 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 78.53 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 88.11 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 98.30 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 93.43 four stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 95.71 four 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 62-1231591
Name in IRS Master File BIRMINGHAM ZOO INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational 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 January, 2001
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,190 1.96% William R. Foster Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 95.94 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 91.00 four stars
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo (FL) 94.11 four stars
Indianapolis Zoo (IN) 89.29 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
tel: (205) 879-0409
fax: (205) 879-9426
EIN: 62-1231591

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Board Leadership

Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO

William R. Foster
President and CEO

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