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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Wildlife Conservation Society

A BBB Accredited charity

 



Expiration Date:
09/2014
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 LLC, Tierra De Guanacos LLC, Tierra de Guanacos LLC Uno Limitada, Tierra de Guanacos LLC Dos Limitada, Conservation Livelihoods International LLC, Wildlife Conservation Society Singapore Limited, WCS-Associacao da Vida Silvestre, WCS Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, Wildlife Conservation and Science (Malaysia), Wildlife Conservation Society-India, Community Markets for Conservation Limited, Conservation Flight Association
Stated Purpose:
" The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. "





Evaluation Conclusions
 

              
Wildlife Conservation Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
The Wildlife Conservation Society conducts scientific research and promotes conservation, environmental education, and the preservation of biological diversity throughout 53 nations. The organization also operates urban parks in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, and Central Park, Queens and Prospect Park Zoos.



Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Christian Samper, President and Chief Executive Officer
Chair of the Board:
Ward W. Woods Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Founding Partner / Bessemer Securities Company
Board Size:
40
Paid Staff Size:
2230



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




Fund Raising
 

              
Method(s) Used:


Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, and cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization).
Fund raising costs were 4.9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $104,557,135, 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, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Contributions

$47,227,549

Investment return

46,978,969

Federal grants

32,349,529

Appropriation from the City of New York

30,248,900

Gate and exhibit admissions

30,060,416

Restaurant and merchandise sales and parking fees

23,876,344

Other grants

18,932,389

Membership dues

12,009,880

Bequests

6,024,068

State of New York contracts

3,163,983

Educational programs and activities

2,045,563

Sponsorship, licensing, and royalties

1,420,605

Miscellaneous

1,391,974

Federal contracts

354,612

State of New York grants

23,600

Total Income

$256,108,381

Program Expenses  

Global Conservation Programs

$85,799,253

Bronx Zoo

57,500,115

City Zoos

19,283,216

New York Aquarium

13,206,190

Lower Bronx River Habitat Conservation

125,631
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Other Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses

175,914,405
5,143,946
23,523,390
19,778,433

$224,360,174

$31,748,207




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative 11%  Other Expenses: 9%
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Beginning net assets $640,900,397
Ending net assets 670,608,791
Total liabilities 126,004,950

Total assets

$796,613,741






 

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