PROVEN ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY, STEWARDSHIP, AND OUTCOMES
Indianapolis Zoo is a nonprofit corporation whose founders,
board, and management believe that sound business practices must
remain central to the pursuit of our mission.
› We live within our means.
› We provide value.
› We are accountable to our stakeholders.
› While we have developed extraordinary institutional expertise,
we are careful and responsive listeners.
› Above all, we must be strong if we are to advance our mission.
With those core principles guiding us:
› The Zoo operates with a balanced budget.
› We withdraw only three percent of our endowment annually.
› Earned income represents more than 70 percent of our revenue
› The governance structure is effective, and board members are
dedicated, capable, and diligent.
› Management and staff are committed, experienced, and stable.
› Membership is rising.
› New exhibits reliably produce substantially higher, sustained
levels of visitation.
› Three recent campaigns have raised $14 million, $11 million,
and $31 million.
› Endowment value increased 500 percent from 2002 to 2007 and
recovered to its pre-downturn level by the end of 2009.
The Indianapolis Zoo in brief:
› Founded in 1964 as a small children’s zoo at Washington Park
on the near eastside of Indianapolis.
› Moved to 64 acres in White River State Park in 1988, anchoring
the country's only urban state park.
› The largest American zoo operated without any tax-supported
› 2011 operating budget: $20 million.
› Full-time employees: 200.
› Animal collection: 2,700 specimens representing 255 species.