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Madison Children's Museum

Connecting children with their families, their communities and the world beyond

two stars

78.46

100 N. Hamilton Street Madison, WI 53703
tel: (608) 256-6445   Web Site
EIN: 39-1383497

Board Leadership
José J. Madera
Chair

CEO
Deborah Gilpin
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.46 two stars
  Financial 69.54 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/11/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

Madison Children's Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. The museum, founded 30 years ago, acquired a $5 million, five-story office building in 2005 through the generosity of the W. Jerome Frautschi. The museum recently completed a very successful $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building, create an accessible green roof, and install new exhibits. The new facility, which opened in August 2010, expanded the museum's capacity to serve older children and school groups in a strong interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the arts, sciences, culture, health, history, and civic engagement. It already has been ranked the fifth best children's museum in the country in Parents Magazine's March 2011 issue and has won several awards from professional organizations within the museum industry for emphasizing the use of local products, people, and processes in creating the new facility.

Madison Children's Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. The museum, founded 30 years ago, acquired a $5 million, five-story office building in 2005 through the generosity of the W. Jerome Frautschi. The museum recently completed a very successful $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building, create an accessible green roof, and install new exhibits. The new facility, which opened in August 2010, expanded the museum's capacity to serve older children and school groups in a strong interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the arts, sciences, culture, health, history, and civic engagement. It already has been ranked the fifth best children's museum in the country in Parents Magazine's March 2011 issue and has won several awards from professional organizations within the museum industry for emphasizing the use of local products, people, and processes in creating the new facility.

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Financial

one star

69.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/11/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
65.4%
  Administrative Expenses 20.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.58
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.22
  Program Expenses Growth 5.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Madison Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Madison Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Madison Children's Museum (WI) 78.46 two stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 89.89 three stars
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) 98.67 four stars
The Doseum (TX) 92.02 four stars
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $710,758
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $240,126
Total Contributions $950,884
   Program Service Revenue $2,010,167
Total Primary Revenue $2,961,051
   Other Revenue $288,585
TOTAL REVENUE $3,249,636
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,694,099
   Administrative Expenses $802,072
   Fundraising Expenses $542,605
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,038,776
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-789,140
   
Net Assets $11,927,360

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Exhibits $1,392,396 51.7%
Education $654,147 24.3%
Marketing and Communications $647,556 24.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/11/2019 78.46 two stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 75.57 two stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 75.08 two stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 77.44 two stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 74.64 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2015 88.19 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 76.78 two stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 77.32 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 39-1383497
Name in IRS Master File MADISON CHILDRENS MUSEUM INC
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1981
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$105,071 2.60% Deb Gilpin President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Madison Children's Museum (WI) 78.46 two stars
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 91.02 four stars
The Children's Museum of Memphis (TN) 85.09 three stars
The Doseum (TX) 92.02 four stars
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 94.76 four stars

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Madison Children's Museum
  • Madison Children's Museum Foundation (43-1956290)

Charity Contact Info

Madison Children's Museum
100 N. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
tel: (608) 256-6445
EIN: 39-1383497

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Board Leadership

José J. Madera
Chair

CEO

Deborah Gilpin
President & CEO

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