Southern Tier Zoological Society Inc

aka Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park   |   Binghamton, NY   |
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Southern Tier Zoological Society Inc

EIN: 16-6071439


The Ross Park is dedicated to promoting awareness and stewardship of our natural world, in our community and globally, through education, conservation, and community engagement.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Phillip Andrew Ginter

Main address

185 Park Ave

Binghamton, NY 13903 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We seek to create an inclusive conservation community, empowered to save wildlife and wild places in the Southern Tier and globally through nature-based learning and exploration.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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


Through the ZooMobile we are able to bring programming to locations across the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. These interactive and engaging education sessions help increase awareness about what individuals can do to promote conservation of our natural world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Keeper Talks provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with our animal care staff, observe training and enrichment activities, and gain a deeper appreciation of the animals that make Ross Park Zoo home. Keeper Talks are offered daily from July 1 - August 31 and weekends only April 1 - June 30 and September 1 - October 31. Keeper Talks are not offered November 1 - March 31.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Experienced and knowledgeable guides bring guests on journey through the zoo. Tours are filled with engaging stories about each of the animals that call Ross Park Zoo home. Guests will learn about unique animal adaptations, animal diets, enrichment activities, and practical steps they can take to protect wildlife and wild places.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Designed for school groups, Wild Science at Ross Park provides students with hands on learning opportunities in areas of science including earth science and biology. Trips and experiences are tailored to meet the needs of each student group and may be either half day or full day programs. Schools may schedule ZooMobiles to enhance the learning experience. For schools in New York State, Wild Science at Ross Park is a state aid eligible program when you book your program through your local BOCES.

Population(s) Served

The pages of stories come to life as children participate in a special story hour every Thursday in August inspired by one of the animals at the zoo. In addition to hearing a story, participants will have the opportunity to make a craft inspired by the animal and may even get a visit from the animal that inspired the story.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our long-term goals are to reduce human disturbance of natural habitats and reduce the negative impact of human activity on the world's climate.


Southern Tier Zoological Society Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2.25 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Southern Tier Zoological Society 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 Southern Tier Zoological Society 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 -$89,362 -$27,404 $94,791 $136,567 -$224,965
As % of expenses -7.9% -2.3% 8.8% 12.2% -13.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$127,571 -$67,968 $42,868 $71,103 -$297,347
As % of expenses -10.9% -5.6% 3.8% 6.0% -17.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $955,180 $1,074,837 $1,089,772 $1,642,589 $1,107,999
Total revenue, % change over prior year 20.5% 12.5% 1.4% 50.7% -32.5%
Program services revenue 31.7% 30.8% 9.5% 13.0% 28.4%
Membership dues 3.5% 3.7% 3.0% 1.8% 4.0%
Investment income 5.5% 5.1% 4.7% 8.2% 6.2%
Government grants 27.1% 24.1% 36.9% 55.9% 26.8%
All other grants and contributions 21.5% 27.1% 39.9% 16.8% 22.8%
Other revenue 10.7% 9.3% 6.1% 4.3% 11.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,127,343 $1,171,475 $1,076,710 $1,118,226 $1,642,771
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.1% 3.9% -8.1% 3.9% 46.9%
Personnel 67.5% 63.7% 66.4% 71.9% 61.6%
Professional fees 1.7% 2.1% 2.8% 1.5% 9.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.6% 1.0% 0.6% 0.6% 1.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 30.2% 33.2% 30.2% 26.0% 27.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,165,552 $1,212,039 $1,128,633 $1,183,690 $1,715,153
One month of savings $93,945 $97,623 $89,726 $93,186 $136,898
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $62,196 $0
Fixed asset additions $42,413 $0 $193,468 $0 $75,510
Total full costs (estimated) $1,301,910 $1,309,662 $1,411,827 $1,339,072 $1,927,561

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.9 0.9
Months of cash and investments 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.9 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.1 0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $64,268 $24,291 $40,190 $86,891 $122,893
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $222,991 $150,848 $69,949 $400,870 $822,585
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,333,251 $1,347,789 $1,541,258 $1,594,471 $1,669,981
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 42.1% 44.6% 42.4% 45.1% 47.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.3% 12.4% 14.6% 11.1% 52.2%
Unrestricted net assets $648,427 $580,459 $623,327 $694,430 $397,083
Temporarily restricted net assets $166,844 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,094,541 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,261,385 $1,329,033 $1,354,330 $1,726,031 $1,456,166
Total net assets $1,909,812 $1,909,492 $1,977,657 $2,420,461 $1,853,249

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Phillip Andrew Ginter

Mr. Ginter is a lifelong resident of Broome County, with a broad background in the local non-profit community including HealthlinkNY, Broome County Arts Council, and the United Way of Broome County. His experience in grant management, program development, strategic visioning and community engagement complements the existing animal care team at the Binghamton Zoo. This provides a strong balanced zoo staff and administration that together can expand success in meeting the Binghamton Zoo’s community and global missions: conservation, education, and recreation. As Executive Director, Mr. Ginter oversees the day-to-day operations of the zoo and acts a Board liaison.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Southern Tier Zoological Society Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Southern Tier Zoological Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey Jaketic

Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP

Term: 2023 - 2024

Scott Fiedler

NBT Bank

Faith Vavra

Binghamton University

Jan Slack

Retired educator

Jeffrey Jaketic

Hinman, Howard & Kattell LLP

Candace Mulcahy

Binghamton University

Christopher Whalen

Broome County

James Freeman

Merrill Lynch

Andrea Shapley

Davidson, Fox & Company, LLP

Lisa Donovan

Ascension Lourdes

Megan Heiman

City of Binghamton

Mario DiFulvio

Horizons FCU

Kaitlyn Howard

Instinct Science, LLC

Samantha Rigo


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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