EIN 36-2167918

Shedd Aquarium

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Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water.
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Shedd Aquarium Society
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Program areas at Shedd Aquarium

Conservation education: since Shedd Aquarium opened our doors in 1930, Shedd has provided more than 119 million guests the opportunity to look nature in the eye through memorable experiences, while providing opportunities to learn about the animals in our care, and become inspired to make personal choices that drive action for animals. Shedd knows that when people experience aquatic animals up close, it motivates an emotional, empathetic response that shifts attitudes and fosters a personal responsibility for stewardship of local waters, global oceans, and wildlife. Shedd is committed to being one of chicago's most accessible cultural institutions, offering Illinois resident free days throughout the year, free admission every day as the nation's first Aquarium to join the museums (continued on schedule o) for all program, an everyday discount for chicago residents, students and senior citizens, and free admission for teachers, police and fire personnel, and active-duty military. Inside the Aquarium walls, a suite of impactful guest engagements, including living exhibits and extraordinary experiences behind the scenes, create memorable connections to animals, while millions of additional learners worldwide make virtual connections through Shedd's educational online platforms. The Aquarium also shares Shedd's mission by telling accessible, meaningful stories with the public through public relations and marketing efforts developed through the integration of conservation, learning programs, animal care and guest experience. As a proactive leader and resource for immersive informal science education opportunities, Shedd offers progressive, relevant and engaging programs including afterschool programs, labs and workshops, and weeklong citizen science programs for teens in the great lakes and aboard its research vessel, the coral reef ii in Florida and the bahamas.
Conservation science and research: Shedd is located in chicago, but its research is worldwide. Its husbandry, veterinary, and conservation programs are grounded in research that supports healthy animals at Shedd and vibrant wild populations around the world. Shedd's conservation research programs work to maximize biodiversity while preserving local livelihoods, and field researchers often work side-by-side with citizen scientists to conserve wildlife and habitats for future generations. The Aquarium's work includes more than two decades of research on bahamian rock iguanas, one of the world's most critically endangered lizards, as well as studies of queen conch, lobster, sharks, and corals. Closer to home, Shedd's great lakes research focuses on high priority wildlife (continued on schedule o) and habitat conservation issues; the Aquarium's applied studies support local and regional agencies in developing sound management plans that can protect this treasured national resource. Onsite, Shedd's state-of-the-art facilities and animal care experts serve as resources for research partners in chicago and around the united states. Onsite research provides valuable biological and behavioral information that informs understanding of species which are nearly impossible to study in the wild. In addition to sharing what it learns with the scientific community, Shedd's onsite work also contributes to its own field research, such as health assessments of wild beluga whales.
Animal care: Shedd Aquarium is home to one of the world's largest and most diverse aquatic collections over 23,000 representing about 1,200 species. A global leader in animal care, Shedd's training and husbandry programs support onsite research efforts that contribute to the growing scientific body of knowledge about those species in the wild. Additionally, Shedd's veterinarians are aquatic medicine pioneers who are advancing the fields of preventative medicine, aging care, and conservation medicine while providing world-class medical care that further expands understanding of how to support healthy animal populations in aquariums and in the wild. Shedd's animal care expertise also lends itself to crisis response around the world. Our animal response team frequently acts as a partner (continued on schedule o) and advisor to international, federal, state, and local government agencies, rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and fellow accredited zoos and aquariums for confiscated, orphaned, or injured wildlife.

Grants made by Shedd Aquarium

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
National Marine Mammal FoundationProgram Support$10,000
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF)Program Support$6,429

Who funds Shedd Aquarium

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Chicago Community TrustSupport of the Shedd Aquarium Conservation Action, the Capital Campaign, Coral Atoll and General Operating Support. Centennial Commitment: Fueling Impact Through A Perpetual Esg Fund and Investment. Membership Support at the Aquarium Council Level (Waive Tangible Benefits). Support for Dive Deeper Initiative. Support for the Surge Forward Initiative$8,498,450
National Philanthropic TrustEnvironment, Animals$2,017,000
Mansueto FoundationGeneral Support$1,984,106
...and 110 more grants received totalling $18,527,440

Personnel at Shedd Aquarium

Bridget C. CoughlinBoard Member$705,457
Ted A. BeattieSpecial Advisor and Former President and Chief Executive Officer$898,170
Gary GordonBoard Member$313,987
Regina RodriguezChief Development Officer$338,945
Cynthia FronczakVice President, Finance and Controller$153,515
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for Shedd Aquarium

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$39,254,780
Program services$43,131,800
Investment income and dividends$4,991,208
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$3,043,721
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$5,094,989
Net income from fundraising events$-642,158
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$45,959
Total revenues$94,920,299

Form 990s for Shedd Aquarium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-18990View PDF
2021-122022-09-01990View PDF
2020-122021-05-28990View PDF
2019-122020-11-18990View PDF
2018-122019-07-23990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Houston ZooHouston, TX$68,161,300
Saint Louis Zoo AssociationSaint Louis, MO$30,524,801
Seattle AquariumSeattle, WA$45,089,878
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Data update history
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 33 new grant, including a grant for $1,984,106 from Mansueto Foundation
January 19, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 10 new personnel
November 27, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
October 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 15 new grant, including a grant for $8,498,450 from The Chicago Community Trust
August 19, 2023
Received grants
Identified 74 new grant, including a grant for $2,000,000 from Mansueto Foundation
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ZoosAnimal organizationsMuseumsCharities
MembershipsPolitical advocacyLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
1200 S Dusable Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Website URL
(312) 939-2438
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D50: Zoo, Zoological Society
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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