Charity ReviewIssued: September 2015 Expires: September 2017
Jackson Zoological Society, Inc.
Standards for Charity Accountability
Jackson Zoological Society, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
To provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.
Incorporated: 1986 in MS
The Jackson Zoological Society, Inc. (Jackson Zoo) is an interactive, living classroom. The organization provides homes for endangered species and animals that are a part of the active Species Survival Programs. The Species Survival Program is a collaborative effort between the Jackson Zoo and the American Zoological Association, working to ensure the long-term survival of species that urgently need to be conserved and protected in the wild. The Jackson Zoo works to contribute to field conservation efforts, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and establishment of assurance populations. According to the organization, in 2014, the Jackson Zoo housed 14 endangered and 35 active Species Survival Program species.
The Jackson Zoo offers educational programs for children and adults. During summer, winter, and spring breaks, the organization offers camps for children, including activities such as games, hikes, animal encounters, crafts, group projects, and keeper talks. The Scout programs encourage enthusiasm for learning about nature by engaging participants in hands-on exploration of the world around them, while meeting badge requirements or achievements. Through its Safari Slumber program, the Jackson Zoo invites children and adults to explore the Zoo in a night setting, exploring nocturnal animals in their natural habitats and the adaptations they use to survive. According to the organization, in 2014, the Jackson Zoo hosted over 19,400 participants in its education programs.
CEO: Ms. Beth Poff, Executive Director Compensation:* $82,791
Board Chair: Mr. W. Eric Stracener, Attorney Business Affiliation: Stracener & Neely, PLLC
Board Size: 14
Staff: 39* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 3.62%
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.
The following information is based on Jackson Zoological Society, Inc. Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
A BBB Accredited Charity since 6/14/2010.
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According to Notes 2, 12, and 14 in the charity's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2014, "the Zoo's current liabilities exceed its current assets ... [indicating] that the Zoo may not be able to pay its liabilities as they come due and payable." The auditors state, “These conditions raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.” Management has issued plans to address this going concern, including, “increasing attendance revenue, securing additional grant revenue as well as state and local funding assistance.”
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