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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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

three stars

86.41

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 86.41 three stars
  Financial 81.21 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

81.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
75.5%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.38
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.61
  Program Expenses Growth 7.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.5%
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) 86.41 three stars
Flint Cultural Center Corporation (MI) 89.94 three stars
Exploratorium (CA) 91.65 four stars
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 86.59 three stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 94.36 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,362,893
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,584,930
   Fundraising Events $787,928
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $574,214
Total Contributions $11,309,965
   Program Service Revenue $26,797,281
Total Primary Revenue $38,107,246
   Other Revenue $14,604,218
TOTAL REVENUE $52,711,464
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,637,294
   Administrative Expenses $7,108,279
   Fundraising Expenses $3,877,089
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $47,622,662
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,088,802
   
Net Assets $167,393,094

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
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
$530,125 1.11% Lori Bettison-Varga President & Director $171,792

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 86.41 three stars
Smithsonian Institution (DC) 91.72 four stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 94.36 four stars
Cape Ann Museum (MA) 90.43 four stars
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 86.59 three 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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