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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Wildlife Conservation Society

A BBB Accredited charity

 



Expiration Date:
09/2016
Name:
Wildlife Conservation Society
Address:
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone:
718-220-5100
Web Site:
Year, State Incorporated:
1895, New York
Affiliates:
Zoological Kingdom, Inc. , Professional Housing Corporation, 182 Flight Corp., Makira Carbon Company LLC, Wild Lands Conservation Society, Tierras LLC, Tierra De Truchas, Tierra De Guanacos LLC, Tierra De Guanacos LLC Uno Limitada, Tierra De Guanacos LLC Dos Limitada, Conservation Livelihoods International LLC, WCS Europe, WCS Singapore Limited, WCS Associacao Conservacao Da Vida, WCS Wildlife conservation Society Canada, Wildlife Conservation and Science (Malaysia)
Stated Purpose:
" The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. "





Evaluation Conclusions
 

              
Wildlife Conservation Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
Founded in 1895, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a global conservation organization with a mission to save the last of the wild. We work in places where there is still more wildlife than people, running field projects in 60 countries and all of the world’s oceans. Our staff’s veterinary and epidemiological expertise spans 35 countries and is focused on zoonotic diseases. Our conservation work in New York City is achieved through a network of zoos and an aquarium that connects 4 million visitors annually to nature and inspires them to advocate for wildlife. With over 4,000 staff globally, WCS conserves 3.5 million square miles of wilderness while protecting over 40 percent of the world’s land biodiversity and 55 percent of marine species, including 326 threatened mammal species and 333 threatened bird species.



Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Dr. Cristián Samper , President and CEO (8/2012-present)
Compensation*:
$387,872
Highest Paid Executive:
Dr. Steven E. Sanderson ,President and CEO (until 7/2012), Senior Advisor (7/2012-6/2014)
Compensation*
: $1,007,809
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Ward W. Woods Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Founding Partner / Bessemer Securities Company
Board Size:
33
Paid Staff Size:
4191



*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Response from the organization: CEO compensation includes fair market rental value of housing and, where applicable, related tax payments.




Fund Raising
 

              
Method(s) Used:


Direct mail appeals, telephone appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit the organization)
Fund raising costs were 12.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $95,251,609, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)




Tax Status
 

              
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.




Financial
 

              
The following information is based on Wildlife Conservation Society's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Contributions

$61,979,974

Gate and exhibit admissions

32,152,684

Investment return

31,536,551

Appropriation from the City of New York

29,172,210

Other grants

28,733,267

Restaurant and merchandise sales and parking fees

25,430,116

Federal grants and contracts

24,813,184

Membership Dues

14,182,350

Bequests

4,538,368

State of New York grants and contracts

3,425,360

Insurance proceeds

3,003,634

Miscellaneous

2,879,792

Educational program activities

2,206,284

Sponsorship, licensing, and royalties

745,358

Total Income

$264,799,132

Program Expenses  

Global Conservation Programs

$87,406,018

Bronx Zoo

60,918,159

City Zoos

21,504,019

New York Aquarium

15,625,193

Lower Bronx River Habitat Conservation

603,512
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Other Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses

186,056,901
6,168,997
25,502,009
27,803,874

$245,531,781

$19,267,351




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 10%  Other Expenses: 11%
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Beginning net assets $659,307,838
Ending net assets 683,291,672
Total liabilities 159,311,254

Total assets

$842,602,926






 

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