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Zoo New England-Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo (Commonwealth Zoological Corporation)

 One Franklin Park Road
 Boston, MA 02121
[P] (617) 989-2000
[F] --
www.ZooNewEngland.org
[email protected]
John Linehan
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INCORPORATED: 1992
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EIN 04-3129124

LAST UPDATED: 12/04/2018
Organization DBA Zoo New England
Franklin Park Zoo
Stone Zoo
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

Mission Statement

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $15,539,404.00
Projected Expense $15,540,775.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Conservation Program
  • Education Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.


Background Statement

Zoo New England

Commonwealth Zoological Corporation D/B/A Zoo New England ("Zoo New England") manages and operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England programming is made possible through earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding. Zoo New England is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the regional appeal of the Zoo.

Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC) was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. 


Impact Statement

Zoo New England continually strives to transform and grow. Since 2016, we have opened major new exhibits at both Zoos: the George Robert While Fund Children's Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo, Animal Discovery Center and Welcome Center at Stone Zoo, and Caribbean Coast at Stone Zoo. We are in the planning stages for even more exciting developments, visit ZooNewEngland.org for the latest news!

Needs Statement

As a nonprofit organization, we are always looking to grow our circle of supporters to join in our mission to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations. Fellow lovers of wildlife and wild places can help in a range of ways: philanthropic support, event attendance, membership, volunteer work, or even shopping our Amazon wish! Contact us today for more information.

CEO Statement

Our mission - our passion - is to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders, and a critical component of achieving our mission is based in having meaningful impact in the conservation of wildlife, both locally and globally. During a zoo visit, guests of all ages have the opportunity to truly learn about the species in our care, what their wild cousins are facing and why conservation is so important. And we can't do it without your help! We are truly grateful for your support.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
INTERNATIONAL
STATEWIDE
Zoo New England welcomes visitors from around the world, however the majority come from Greater Boston, Massachusetts and the New England region.

Organization Categories

  1. Animal Related - Zoos & Aquariums
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Museums
  3. Science & Technology - Biological, Life Science Research

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Conservation Program

Conservation, the protection of the natural environment, is behind everything we do, both locally and globally. Here are some examples of our local and global conservation work:

- Grassroots Wildlife Conservation (GWC) designs and supports biodiversity conservation initiatives that produce significant conservation benefits for populations of locally rare and declining species, such as Blanding's Turtles, Marbled Salamanders, and native pollinators. Through innovative community-based outreach, we have engaged thousands of schoolchildren and volunteers in on-the-ground rare species conservation efforts.

- We are proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) initiative to restore healthy populations of endangered species in the wild. This cooperative effort pools resources from accredited Zoos and Aquariums to save species like the Masai Giraffe, Western Lowland Gorilla, and Whooping Crane. Zoo New England participates in nearly 80 Species Survival Plans to preserve animal populations across the globe.

- As a participant in the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan, we are a member of the Snow Leopard Trust's Natural Partnership Program, contributing funds and supporting research aimed at protecting snow leopards and their natural habitat. Other partners include the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, Cheeta Conservation Fund, Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, and Proyecto Titi.

Visit our website at ZooNewEngland.org/Protect for more!
Budget  --
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Some examples of short-term goals include:

- Enhance the sustainability of the Zoos through recycling, comingling and terracyling, vermicomposting, green pest management, our organic garden project, and more.

- Design and establish a strong cadre of citizen science projects programs to get non-professionals deeply involved and nourish the next generation of scientists.

- Increase partnerships with organizations whose missions are aligned with ours to provide complimentary education and conservation programming.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our Strategic Plan outlines the following long-term goals:

- Become a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized zoo for conservation and research.

- Come for fun and leave as conservationists with new respect and commitment to the natural world.

- Become the premier New England zoo.

 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

- A dedicated Conservation Department was created in 2017.

- Conservation messaging continues to be integrated into all messaging and new signage and graphics at both Zoos.

- We have increased our focus on Citizen Science projects, including the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project, FrogWatch, and the Boston Area City Nature Challenge.


Education Program

We work hard to educate the next generation of conservationists with fun and engaging experiences that inspire them to become champions of the environment. Our experienced educators offer an exciting array of programs to school groups, scouts, college students, nursing home residents, and children in after-school programs. With additional programs like adult lectures, overnight programs, summer camps, and teacher workshops, there are learning opportunities for everyone at Zoo New England. Here are just a few examples:

- The ZooTeen program engages young people from under-represented populations in the STEM field with authentic work experiences that allow them to explore environmental science, engineering, and math concepts in meaningful and relevant ways. Since its inception in 1999, the program has empowered over 1,000 youth to develop professional skills, build a strong sense of self, and help financially support themselves and their families.

- ZooCamp offers a safe, fun, nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore the natural world. Each summer, Zoo New England hosts eight weeks of camp for children ages 6-13. During one or two-week sessions, campers learn about animals, the environment, conservation, and the zoo itself. Arts and crafts, outdoor games, animal encounters, and zoo tours are some of the many activities the campers experience while in attendance.

- Through the OneHealth Clinical Elective, thought to be the only formal partnership of its kind in the country, senior medical students at Harvard Medical School have the opportunity to complete an elective rotation with our Department of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine. Here, students are introduced to the concept that collaboration between human and veterinary medical professionals can benefit healthcare for both humans and animals.

Visit our website at ZooNewEngland.org/Discover for more! 

Budget  --
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Some examples of short-term goals include:

- Design and enact more educational programming that is geared toward deeper engagement with a conservation focus.

- Increase participation in scientific research in support of wildlife conservation and health.

- Increase use of technology to reach a larger audience with key messaging, concepts, and stories.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our Strategic Plan outlines the following long-term goals:

- Become a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized zoo for conservation and research.

- Come for fun and leave as conservationists with new respect and commitment to the natural world.

- Become the premier New England zoo.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

FY 2017 highlights include:

- The number of Wild Adventure programs, which include Breakfasts with the Animals and premium tours, increased by 179% to 232 total programs and the number of participants increased by 194% to 1,991.

- Zoo Camp participant numbers between both Zoos increased 14% with 458 participants. At Franklin Park Zoo, free camperships were available to children in need.

- Programs outside of school hours increased 47% to 190 programs.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Linehan
CEO Term Start Mar 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience


 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation --

Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 150
Number of Part Time Staff 18
Number of Volunteers 120
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 21
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 122
Hispanic/Latino: 15
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 5
Other (if specified): Two or more races
Gender Female: 99
Male: 69
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. David Porter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Managing Partner, Baystate Financial
Board Chair Term June 2014 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Robert Beal Related Beal Voting
Rory Browne D.Phil. Boston College Voting
Gordon Carr Massport Voting
Gordon Clagett Real Estate Consultant Voting
Francesco De Vito Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster Voting
James B. Dunbar O’Neill and Associates Voting
Thomas Feeley PricewaterhouseCoopers Voting
Mark Giovino Allionce Group Voting
Kate Guedj The Boston Foundation Voting
Steven Hinterneder P.E. East Coast Slurry Voting
Janice Houghton Stoneham Bank Voting
Ronnie Kanarek MFA; Entrepreneur Voting
Mark Kelley M.D. Harvard Business School Voting
Christy Keswick COO, Good Sports Voting
Walter Little Friends of the Franklin Park Zoo Voting
Douglas Lober DJL Capital Voting
Jeanne Pinado Madison Park Development Corp. Voting
David Porter Baystate Financial Voting
Claudia Richter MD Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Inc Voting
Peter Roberts CommonAngels Voting
Colin Van Dyke Mintz Levin Voting
Kathleen Vieweg Retired, MIT Voting
Peter A. Wilson Goulston & Storrs Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 18
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Facilities
  • Marketing

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $15,539,404.00
Projected Expense $15,540,775.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $18,558,139 $17,227,633 $16,502,923
Total Expenses $15,311,266 $13,704,059 $13,465,612

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $7,000,000 $7,900,000 $6,418,519
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $7,000,000 $7,900,000 $6,418,519
Individual Contributions $4,940,705 $2,591,072 $3,922,314
Indirect Public Support $1,108 $1,832 $3,432
Earned Revenue $4,160,456 $4,464,775 $3,930,989
Investment Income, Net of Losses $22,588 $11,275 $8,060
Membership Dues $1,628,966 $1,591,751 $1,594,085
Special Events $512,614 $416,781 $383,406
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $291,702 $250,147 $242,118

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $12,760,262 $11,319,088 $11,350,922
Administration Expense $1,951,802 $1,695,408 $1,537,767
Fundraising Expense $599,202 $689,563 $576,923
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.21 1.26 1.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 83% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 6% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $27,078,393 $22,926,212 $18,729,023
Current Assets $6,541,172 $10,046,490 $6,975,283
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $3,346,918 $2,093,962 $1,420,347
Total Net Assets $23,731,475 $20,832,250 $17,308,676

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.95 4.80 4.91

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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