FISCAL YEAR 2021
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT
2022 ANNUAL REPORT
A Commitment to Care
Generations of Kent County families, seniors and children have been inspired by the Zoo. John Ball Zoo is a regional destination and a critical economic driver for Kent County and West Michigan. The Zoo has a $92 million annual economic impact in our community and is currently the most attended cultural attraction outside of Detroit in the state. John Ball Zoo also gives families and school groups in Kent County free admission to the Zoo, reduced admission for Kent County seniors to help ensure members of our community can enjoy the Zoo and learn about our efforts in wildlife conservation, sustainability and animal care.
Chief Executive Officer
Saving Animals From Extinction
We participate in five Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programs – three in the Great Lakes and two beyond the Great Lakes.
Watch Us Grow!
In 2014, John Ball Zoo became a nonprofit organization after having been managed by Kent County for decades. Since then, we have realized incredible growth in so many areas, including our team!
280 staff members + 281 volunteers
323 staff members + 602 volunteers
438 staff members + 679 volunteers
Our team has completed more than 24 total conservation projects, 18 of which were Great Lakes-focused
In 2021, John Ball Zoo was the first Zoo in the world to be awarded Sustainable SITES Initiative certification
John Ball Zoo has been building to green standards for many years and is working to obtain green building certification for large projects. In 2021, John Ball Zoo was the first Zoo in the world to be awarded Sustainable SITES Initiative certification for our Meerkat habitat and the first SITES gold certification in the state of Michigan.
SITES is a national comprehensive rating system for developing sustainable landscapes, similar to LEED. SITES is awarded to landscapes, site infrastructure and spaces that demonstrate a high level of environmental and social sustainability. With SITES gold certification for the Meerkat habitat, John Ball Zoo is the first zoo in the world to receive this certification.
2021 ANNUAL REPORT
Making an effort to save wild places for wildlife
In an effort to save wild places for wildlife, the Zoo continues to positively impact the environment. In efforts to reduce our carbon footprint in 2021, our Meerkat habitat solar panels produced 648 kWh, a carbon offset of 988 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of 10 trees. Our support to the Red Panda Network planted 8,000 trees, which has a carbon reduction of 955 tons of carbon dioxide. We also installed a new bike parking and repair station to encourage guests and staff to bike to the Zoo, which not only reduces carbon dioxide production, but also contributes to community wellness.
Statement of Activities Year Ending December 31, 2021
December 31, 2021 & 2020
Statement of Financial Position
|Cash & Cash Equivalents||1,624,658||868,244|
|Pledges Receivable, Current Portion||1,020,946||2,026,471|
|Total Current Assets||10,990,749||5,618,792|
|Pledges Receivable, Net of Current Portion||2,533,699||2,775,354|
|Beneficial Interest in Assets Held by Community Foundation||109,533||99,201|
|Construction in Progress||8,006,629||4,892,909|
|Property & Equipment, Net||2,127,294||2,204,382|
|Total Noncurrent Assets||12,788,322||9,985,013|
|Construction Line of Credit||-||400,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||2,103,181||1,778,714|
|Construction Line of Credit||-||1,300,000|
|Total Noncurrent Liabilities||-||1,300,000|
|Without Donor Restrictions||18,166,278||8,287,429|
|With Donor Restrictions||3,509,612||4,237,662|
|Total Net Assets||21,675,890||12,525,091|
|Total Liabilities & Net Assets||23,779,071||15,603,805|