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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Where the desert comes alive

four stars

91.04

2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743
tel: (520) 883-2702   Web Site
EIN: 86-0111675

Board Leadership
Kevin E. Bonine
Chair

CEO
Craig Ivanyi
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.04 four stars
  Financial 92.22 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Its mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Its mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

Financial

four stars

92.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

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)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.16
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 91.04 four stars
The Field Museum (IL) 89.85 three stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 88.88 three stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 87.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,454,698
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $724,333
   Fundraising Events $176,441
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $72,484
Total Contributions $3,427,956
   Program Service Revenue $6,851,431
Total Primary Revenue $10,279,387
   Other Revenue $1,371,808
TOTAL REVENUE $11,651,195
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,400,308
   Administrative Expenses $1,630,714
   Fundraising Expenses $326,876
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,357,898
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $293,297
   
Net Assets $27,422,634

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
Museum Operations $7,593,038 80.8%
Conservation Education & Science Department $1,277,626 13.6%
The Art Institute $529,644 5.6%

Ratings History
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 91.04 four stars
2018-09 11/01/2019 92.09 four stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 89.88 three stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 89.30 three stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 87.82 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.01 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 83.76 three stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 87.35 three stars
2012-09 12/20/2013 89.56 three stars
2011-09 10/01/2012 89.53 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 86.25 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/24/2010 75.08 two stars
2008-09 11/01/2009 92.39 four stars
2007-09 12/01/2008 81.41 three stars
2006-09 09/01/2007 76.06 two stars
2005-09 11/01/2006 82.73 three stars
2004-09 09/01/2005 72.92 two 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 86-0111675
Name in IRS Master File ARIZONA SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 October, 1954
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,600 1.17% Craig Ivanyi Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 91.04 four stars
Museum of Us (CA) 90.78 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 93.32 four stars
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 86.28 three stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
tel: (520) 883-2702
fax: (520) 883-2500
EIN: 86-0111675

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Board Leadership

Kevin E. Bonine
Chair

CEO

Craig Ivanyi
Executive Director

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