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 we opened our doors in 1930, Shedd Aquarium has provided more than 117 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. We know 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. The Aquarium 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 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 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 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 28,000 representing over 1,500 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 preventive 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 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
Monterey Bay AquariumConservation Research$50,000
Association of Zoos and AquariumsConservation$46,000
Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois UniversityConservation Research$24,046

Who funds Shedd Aquarium

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Chicago Community TrustGeneral Operating Support$1,432,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$338,033
Daniel P Haerther Charitable TrustGeneral Purposes$295,000
...and 61 more grants received totalling $3,208,260

Personnel at Shedd Aquarium

Bridget C. CoughlinPresident and Chief Executive Officer$597,018
Ted A. BeattieSpecial Advisor and Former President and Chief Executive Officer$898,170
Gary GordonChief Financial Officer$279,705
Meghan CurranChief Marketing and Experience Officer / Senior Vice President - Marketing , Sales , and Guest Re$230,596
Gina RodriguezChief Development Officer
...and 16 more key personnel

Financials for Shedd Aquarium

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$34,719,522
Program services$9,577,498
Investment income and dividends$1,464,289
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$310,894
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,197,760
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$61,857
Total revenues$48,331,820

Form 990s for Shedd Aquarium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-05-28990View PDF
2019-122020-11-18990View PDF
2018-122019-07-23990View PDF
2017-122018-10-16990View PDF
2016-122017-10-03990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 21 new grant, including a grant for $1,432,000 from The Chicago Community Trust
October 20, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 25 new grant, including a grant for $295,000 from Daniel P Haerther Charitable Trust
September 13, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
September 11, 2021
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsZoosAnimal organizationsCharities
Land and water conservationAnimalsWildlifeEnvironmentPublic policy
MembershipsPolitical advocacyLobbyingOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donationsEndowed support
General information
1200 South Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 939-2438
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IRS details
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D50: Zoo, Zoological Society
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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