Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

aka Phoenix Zoo   |   PHOENIX, AZ   |  www.phoenixzoo.org

Mission

Arizona Center for Nature Conservation advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

Ruling year info

1962

President/CEO

Mr. Norberto (Bert) J. Castro

Main address

455 N GALVIN PKWY

PHOENIX, AZ 85008 USA

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Formerly known as

Arizona Zoological Society

EIN

86-0174843

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We seek to remain relevant to our target markets in the increasing age of technology and in spite of growing competition for time spent in nature and to elevate our profile in the conservation community.

Our programs

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

Conservation

The Phoenix Zoo participates in both Local Conservation and Global Conservation. At the local level, we are working to maintain healthy and self-sustaining captive populations of multiple endangered species natively found throughout Arizona. The Phoenix Zoo has developed many partnerships and a high level of trust with local conservation agencies Arizona Game and Fish Department as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On a global scale, the Phoenix Zoo's legacy of conservation began with its world renowned efforts on behalf of Arabian oryx, to which the Zoo is credited with saving these beautiful animals from extinction. The Zoo also supports a number of global programs through our Conservation and Science grants each year.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Arizona Center for Nature for Conservation has a desire to maintain our position as a valued community asset, to further engage our target market of families with children, animal and nature enthusiasts, students, educators, donors and the corporate community.

1) Provide compelling experiences for guests at all our locations
2) Engage, retain and impact a growing number of people in our community
3) Create a greater impact for the animals and habitats we represent
4) Demonstrate fiscally responsible strategies for continued growth
5) Demonstrate commitment to sustainable practices

Our strengths position us to accomplish our goals:

STRENGTHS:
Reputation and community trust
Community connection
Accredited zoo
Financially strong
Employee expertise
Volunteer base
Successful conservation programs
Collaborations with other NGOs

In 2015, we successfully completed the World Class Zoo for a World Class City Campaign raising more than $23m over 6 years, to build new exhibits, an education and event center, a new front entry, a new volunteer and administrative center,

We are currently nearing 75% completion on the Pride Campaign, a $12.1 million campaign to build additional exhibits and a 500-seat amphitheater.

We are progressing to complete a 15-year Capital & Facilities Master Plan document to further define our goals for expanding and improving our capital improvements and infrastructure.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

Board of directors
as of 5/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Phil Petersen

Brookfield Communities, Inc

Term: 2018 - 2020

Jean Bingham

Community Leader

Inger Erickson

City of Phoenix Park and Recreation

Michelle Clarke

Community Leader

JoEllen Doornbos

Community Leader

Peter Faur

RightPoint Communications

Stephen Higgins

Freeport-McMoRan

John Hoopes

Salt River Project

Sue Kidd

Arizona Public Service

Harry Papp

L. Roy Papp and Associates

Philip Petersen

Brookfield Communities

Gabrielle Vitale

American Express

Maja Wessels

Community Leader

Stephen Fisher

VCA Antech

Heidi Berger

Community Leader

Yvonne Betts

Community Leader

Theresa Chacopulos

Morgan Stanley, Private Wealth Management

Todd Douma

TMD & Associates, Inc.

Ed Fox

Community Leader

David Haworth

PetSmart Charities

Michael Johnson

FINN CADY Marketing

Craig Krumwiede

Harvard Investments, Inc.

Kris Yamano

BMO Private Bank

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No