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Tennessee Aquarium

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Tennessee Aquarium is a zoo based in Chattanooga, TN that was founded in 1989. As of 2018 they had $24 million in revenue and $72 million in assets.

The Tennessee Aquarium mission is to carry out environmental research and conservation projects needed to help ensure the health and long-term sustainability of regional natural resources, and especially aquatic ecosystems.

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Program areas at Tennessee Aquarium

Constructed as a catalyst for economic development in downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium produces numerous positive fiscal and economic impacts for our region year after year. We are proud to build upon more than twenty years of success as an economic engine for Chattanooga and its surrounding communities. Continued investments in our nonprofit Aquarium are directly correlated with the positive impacts we have on employment, visitation and spending in our region.

Healthy rivers and watersheds are vital to local economies, to enjoyment of the natural world and to the quality of the environment on which we all depend. The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute has a focused expertise in restoring freshwater ecosystems and helping people appreciate the need for environmental health right in our backyard. Through the Conservation Institute, the Aquarium monitors the health of our sources of drinking water and studies the effects of pollution on aquatic habitats and animal health. This work each year is critical not only for quality of life, but also for the quality of life we pass on to our children and grandchildren. The Conservation Institute and the Aquarium work together to convene top scientists, collaboratively creating innovative solutions today for the environmental challenges of tomorrow.

Since 2001, the Aquarium has been honored to be designated as the only aquarium based accredited Special Purpose School in the United States. Over the years, more than two million students have learned about the natural world through the underwater lens of the dynamic living collection. We host field trips and free classroom programs for all school groups and provide free educational services to students with limited financial means. Bus transportation is also provided for Title I schools, thanks to generous community support. Our work to educate the leaders of tomorrow helps fill a critical gap for schools forced to eliminate place based learning entirely due to budget cuts.

Form 990s for Tennessee Aquarium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Jun 18, 2020990View PDF
2017-12Dec 13, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Jan 18, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Jan 18, 2018990View PDF
2015-12Mar 7, 2017990View PDF
...and seven more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Tennessee Aquarium

Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,522,516
Program services$17,135,556
Investment income and dividends$218,080
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$399,035
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$62,314
Net income from fundraising events$192,861
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$2,519,244
Miscellaneous revenues$457,205
Total revenues$24,506,811

Vendors for Tennessee Aquarium

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Mauldin and Jenkins LLCAudit accounting2016-12-31
████████ ███████████ █████████████Participant loan processing; Investment management$5,3652016-12-31
█████████ █████████ ████Investment advisory (plan)$14,9922016-12-31
███ ███████████Construction Services$4,938,0802016-12-01
████████ ██████████Architecture Services$240,7002016-12-01
███ ████████████ ███Construction Services$359,1482016-12-01
███ ██████ ███████ ███Construction Services$988,8942016-12-01
███████████ ██████████ ███ ████████ ██████Advertising$356,0002016-12-01

Personnel at Tennessee Aquarium

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Gordon StalansVice President - Chief Financial Officer , Chief Information Officer$135,620Oct. 4, 2018
Cindy ToddVice President , Chief Marketing and Development Officer-July 17, 2018
████ ██████Aquarium Vice President of Conservation Science and Education / Director and Chief Research Scientist-Sept. 24, 2018
█████ █████Director of Finance-July 26, 2018
███ █████Director of Education-June 13, 2018
████████ ██ ███████Director of Hospitality and Marketing-April 19, 2018
█████ ███████Website and Marketing Projects Manager-April 23, 2018
████ ██████Communications Manager-Aug. 17, 2018
██████ ███████Science Program Manager-Sept. 24, 2018
███ █████████Secretary$0Dec. 31, 2016
...and eight more key personnel

Peer zoos and acquariums

1Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium501(c)(3)$21 millionPittsburgh, PA
2The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore501(c)(3)$18 millionBaltimore, MD
3Woodland Park Zoo501(c)(3)$51 millionSeattle, WA
4Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation501(c)(3)$13 millionSanta Barbara, CA
5Nashville Zoo501(c)(3)$23 millionNashville, TN
6Houston Zoo501(c)(3)$103 millionHouston, TX
7Bayorg501(c)(3)$10 millionSan Francisco, CA
8Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society501(c)(3)$23 millionColorado Springs, CO
9The Buffalo Zoo501(c)(3)$8.5 millionBuffalo, NY
10Oregon Coast Aquarium501(c)(3)$10 millionNewport, OR
11The Phoenix Zoo501(c)(3)$30 millionPhoenix, AZ
12Naples Zoo501(c)(3)$8.4 millionNaples, FL
13Great Plains Zoo & Museum501(c)(3)$8.5 millionSioux Falls, SD
14Sacramento Zoological Society501(c)(3)$8.8 millionSacramento, CA
15Elmwood Park Zoo501(c)(3)$9.4 millionNorristown, PA
16Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's501(c)(3)$61 millionOmaha, NE
17Shedd Aquarium501(c)(3)$65 millionChicago, IL
18Dallas Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionDallas, TX
19Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk501(c)(3)$11 millionSouth Norwalk, CT
20ZooTampa501(c)(3)$26 millionTampa, FL
21Columbus Zoological Park Association501(c)(3)$89 millionPowell, OH
22Chicago Zoological Society501(c)(3)$68 millionBrookfield, IL
23Georgia Aquarium501(c)(3)$96 millionAtlanta, GA
24Toledo Zoological Society501(c)(3)$33 millionToledo, OH
25Birmingham Zoo501(c)(3)$18 millionBirmingham, AL