Cause IQ organization profile

Chicago Zoological Society

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

Chicago Zoological Society is a zoo based in Brookfield, IL that was founded in 1921. As of 2019 they had $68 million in revenue and $209 million in assets.

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. They had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: The Northern Trust Company; and Brookfield Zoo.

(708) 688-8000
Fiscal year end:
Revenue trends:
Asset trends:

Program areas at Chicago Zoological Society

Park Operations The CZS maintains 75 buildings on 214 acres of land to exhibit over 2,500 animals. Two million visitors annually enjoy the experience of seeing and learning about the animals of the world. Each individual that enters Brookfield Zoos gates represents an opportunity to introduce representatives of the wild world, to convey our intertwined connections to the animal kingdom, and to encourage positive change in the world. The zoo is open every day of the year. Admission is free to the general public 52 days/year and at all times to Illinois school groups and military personnel. Summer extended hours are offered to be more accessible to a more diverse audience. The membership team services our 111,600 member households, providing them with the opportunity to participate in the conservation and educational efforts of CZS. Visitor services provides narrated tram tours, makes available goods which promote interest in and understanding of ...

Center for Conservation Leadership CCL Through its many conservation and education programs, CZS communicates with others to engender in them a sense of ownership about living harmoniously with nature and helping save endangered species. Education specialists, volunteers, curators, graphic and exhibit designers, photographers and many others contribute to sharing this information with visitors. As well as reaching the 2 million visitors, CZS engages would be conservationists outside of the Zoo including classrooms of school children, teachers and community leaders. Additionally through field programs, CZS supports efforts to protect and restore populations of threatened species in other parts of the world. The CCL strengthens the bridge between education and conservation, between field research and the animals in our care.

Center for Science and Animal Well-Being CSAW More than 2500 ambassadors of the animal kingdom provide our visitors with a rare opportunity to see species from around the globe and experience up close, personal encounters with some. Expert care of these ambassadors is a time-honored tradition at CZS, where innovations in husbandry techniques and pioneering breeding programs are part of the cuttting edge culture of excellence. Staff in the CSAW integrate disciplines such as endocrinology, population biology, behavioral science, nutrition and veterinary science to determine the best ways to provide and continuously care for the animals. They also incorporate models and practices from around the world, and from an array of animal care professionals, to develop the best possible zoo-based animal care and management practices. Through Keeper Chats and Animal Ambassador encounters, CSAW staff share their knowledge of the animals in their care with zoo guests, helping them gain an ...

Form 990s for Chicago Zoological Society

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Oct 25, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Nov 15, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Oct 27, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Jan 5, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jan 8, 2016990View PDF
...and four more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Chicago Zoological Society

Total grants, contributions, etc.$36,368,303
Program services$22,054,634
Investment income and dividends$1,509,502
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$53,125
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,430,069
Net income from fundraising events$-320,172
Net income from gaming activities$39,336
Net income from sales of inventory$7,755,724
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$68,890,521

Vendors for Chicago Zoological Society

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Plante and Moran PLLCTax accounting; Audit accounting2019-09-03
███████ ███████ ██████ ███Legal Services$384,8012018-12-01
████████ █████Investment management; Banking and Investment Services$386,2492018-12-01
████████ ██████ ███ ██████████Consulting Fundraising Dinner$70,3262018-12-01
██████████ ███Payment Card Processing$525,2942018-12-01
███ ███Benefits Administration$447,3412018-12-01
███ ██ ████Advertising$1,215,3652018-12-01
████████ ██████ ████████Investment management2016-12-31
...and 10 more vendors

Personnel at Chicago Zoological Society

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Stuart D StrahlPresident and Chief Executive Officer$517,955Oct. 25, 2019
Rich GambleChief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Sept. 26, 2018
█████ ███████Chief Advancement Officer-July 17, 2019
████ █████Senior Vice President of Finance-July 17, 2019
████ █████Vice President Marketing Communications$158,576Dec. 31, 2018
███████ █████Vice President Information Technology$174,347Dec. 31, 2018
████████ █ ██████Vice President Government Affairs$141,732Dec. 31, 2018
██████ █ ██████████Vice President Human Resources$172,140Dec. 31, 2018
███████ ████████Vice President , Clinical Medicine-Sept. 20, 2018
██████ ██ ████████Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Programs-Aug. 27, 2018
...and 37 more key personnel

Peer zoos and acquariums

1Columbus Zoological Park Association501(c)(3)$89 millionPowell, OH
2Monterey Bay Aquarium501(c)(3)$124 millionMonterey, CA
3Dallas Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionDallas, TX
4San Diego Zoo Global501(c)(3)$343 millionSan Diego, CA
5Zoo Atlanta501(c)(3)$19 millionAtlanta, GA
6Kansas City Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionKansas City, MO
7Detroit Zoological Society501(c)(3)$46 millionRoyal Oak, MI
8Shedd Aquarium501(c)(3)$65 millionChicago, IL
9Lincoln Park Zoological Society501(c)(3)$43 millionChicago, IL
10Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society501(c)(3)$23 millionColorado Springs, CO
11ZooTampa501(c)(3)$26 millionTampa, FL
12Nashville Zoo501(c)(3)$23 millionNashville, TN
13Woodland Park Zoo501(c)(3)$44 millionSeattle, WA
14Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium501(c)(3)$21 millionPittsburgh, PA
15The Phoenix Zoo501(c)(3)$30 millionPhoenix, AZ
16The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore501(c)(3)$18 millionBaltimore, MD
17Houston Zoo501(c)(3)$103 millionHouston, TX
18Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's501(c)(3)$61 millionOmaha, NE
19Audubon Nature Institute501(c)(3)$34 millionNew Orleans, LA
20Living Desert501(c)(3)$18 millionPalm Desert, CA
21Georgia Aquarium501(c)(3)$96 millionAtlanta, GA
22Birmingham Zoo501(c)(3)$18 millionBirmingham, AL
23Toledo Zoological Society501(c)(3)$33 millionToledo, OH
24San Francisco Zoo and Gardens501(c)(3)$31 millionSan Francisco, CA
25Clearwater Marine Aquarium501(c)(3)$36 millionClearwater, FL