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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Inspiring wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds

four stars

90.17

900 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007
tel: (213) 763-3426   Web Site
EIN: 95-6132185

Board Leadership
Sarah Meeker Jensen
Chair of the Board

CEO
Lori Bettison-Varga
President and Director of the Museum

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.17 four stars
  Financial 86.43 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has amassed one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history - more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for groundbreaking scientific and historic research. The Museum also curates new, immersive exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to explore the big picture of our planet - specimens and objects, the stories behind them, and the increasing interrelatedness of the natural and cultural worlds.

The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has amassed one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history - more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for groundbreaking scientific and historic research. The Museum also curates new, immersive exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to explore the big picture of our planet - specimens and objects, the stories behind them, and the increasing interrelatedness of the natural and cultural worlds.

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Financial

three stars

86.43

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
76.3%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.32
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.55
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 90.17 four stars
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 91.94 four stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 95.87 four stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 89.02 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,801,394
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,647,349
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,750,168
Total Contributions $14,198,911
   Program Service Revenue $28,430,219
Total Primary Revenue $42,629,130
   Other Revenue $9,962,473
TOTAL REVENUE $52,591,603
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $38,521,508
   Administrative Expenses $7,465,939
   Fundraising Expenses $4,503,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $50,490,695
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,100,908
   
Net Assets $173,061,178

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 11/01/2019 90.17 four stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 86.41 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 85.45 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 84.97 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.52 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.25 four stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 91.36 four stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 92.94 four stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 86.68 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.29 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 84.84 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 92.56 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 75.01 two stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 67.75 one star
2005-06 11/01/2006 66.46 one star
2004-06 12/01/2005 60.29 one star
2003-06 11/01/2004 79.09 two stars
2002-06 12/01/2003 76.59 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 95-6132185
Name in IRS Master File LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 May, 1966
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 Compensation from Affiliates
$452,157 0.89% Lori Bettison-Varga President & Director $179,693

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 90.17 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PA) 89.45 three stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 90.09 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 90.75 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
tel: (213) 763-3426
EIN: 95-6132185

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Board Leadership

Sarah Meeker Jensen
Chair of the Board

CEO

Lori Bettison-Varga
President and Director of the Museum

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