Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc

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Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc

EIN: 48-6117369


Our mission is to enrich our community through wildlife conservation and education.

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Executive Director

Dr. Christina Castellano

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Subject area info

Wildlife biodiversity

Domesticated animals

Population served info

Children and youth




Non-adult children

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Single Organization Support (D11)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational programs

The Topeka Zoo offers a variety of educational programs, reaching almost 14,000 participants per year. With so many hands-on activities and animal guests, there is always something new and engaging to learn during our programs. Here are the two most highly requested student educational programs:

1) EcoClub provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students who are interested in the environment (animals and ecosystems) to meet live animals and develop projects on how they can positively impact the planet. This is a student lead group that decides on field trips, conservation and sustainability projects and works to protect our community and planet.

2) Zoo Adventure Camps provide a unique opportunity for children to learn about animals, conservation, and sustainability in a hands-on environment. Students explore the animal kingdom through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes tours, games, crafts, and more. This is for ages 6 - 12-year-olds.

Population(s) Served

Let us transform your classroom, library, retirement center, or organization meeting into an exotic encounter with our Zoo2U program. Zoo2U programs include a presentation, educational games, interaction with a live animal, and discussions related to a specific animal or zoo topic.

Our animal visitors can include:

A variety of invertebrates including tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, and more!
A variety of reptiles and amphibians including several frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, and tortoises!
Several small mammals such as a skunk, an opossum, an armadillo, and a hedgehog!
Birds of prey including a screech owl, turkey vulture, and hawk!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Manage water that leaves our site in a way that protects the Kansas River and its watershed: Number of marked drains that go to river and ensure inappropriate materials are not utilizing those drains.

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Painting the storm drains makes the messaging more visible and aims to discourage illegal dumping which can contaminate the river system and our drinking water.

Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations

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Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 A-133 Single Audit 2022
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 630.66 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $151,659 $293,010 $747,664 $793,915 $5,933,193
As % of expenses 10.0% 9.6% 25.7% 19.5% 91.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $123,161 $271,819 $739,024 $759,705 $5,844,364
As % of expenses 7.9% 8.9% 25.3% 18.5% 88.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,112,712 $2,716,331 $7,323,289 $7,155,025 $9,391,751
Total revenue, % change over prior year 195.3% -61.8% 169.6% -2.3% 31.3%
Program services revenue 14.6% 43.9% 7.8% 32.3% 32.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 4.5% 5.7% 5.6%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.5% 16.9%
All other grants and contributions 82.1% 42.8% 77.5% 41.0% 29.5%
Other revenue 3.3% 13.2% 10.2% 19.5% 14.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,522,808 $3,039,278 $2,913,416 $4,075,788 $6,502,933
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.0% 99.6% -4.1% 39.9% 59.6%
Personnel 23.6% 17.7% 21.8% 49.4% 44.9%
Professional fees 37.7% 24.4% 18.5% 5.1% 5.7%
Occupancy 1.6% 0.4% 0.3% 6.9% 6.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.3% 2.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 37.0% 57.5% 59.4% 35.4% 39.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,551,306 $3,060,469 $2,922,056 $4,109,998 $6,591,762
One month of savings $126,901 $253,273 $242,785 $339,649 $541,911
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $290,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $1,759,168 $6,702,682
Total full costs (estimated) $1,678,207 $3,313,742 $3,164,841 $6,208,815 $14,126,355

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 12.5 4.7 17.8 15.2 4.2
Months of cash and investments 12.5 4.7 17.8 15.2 5.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.0 2.1 5.2 6.1 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,590,280 $1,190,540 $4,321,458 $5,154,633 $2,264,638
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $504,414
Receivables $20,091 $127,212 $1,577,077 $1,848,420 $932,246
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $145,912 $164,882 $164,882 $1,841,550 $8,536,423
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 61.1% 67.0% 72.2% 3.8% 1.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 0.6% 1.8% 31.5% 32.6%
Unrestricted net assets $307,124 $578,943 $1,317,967 $2,077,672 $7,922,036
Temporarily restricted net assets $6,738,671 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,738,671 $6,898,430 $11,193,764 $9,084,086 $3,840,991
Total net assets $7,045,795 $7,477,373 $12,511,731 $11,161,758 $11,763,027

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dr. Christina Castellano

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Friends of the Topeka Zoo Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/05/2024
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Board chair

Fred Patton

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2024

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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