Mission: The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. As an educational and cultural not-for-profit institution, the Museum is dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming.

Founded in 1982 and located on the Hudson River in New York City, the Museum is one of the world's most successful historic ship museums, drawing more than one million visitors annually. The Museum's exhibitions feature a former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the NASA space shuttle Enterprise (included in 2013 in the National Register of Historic Places), a collection of 27 World War II and Cold War era aircraft, the Cold War era submarine Growler, a British Airways Concorde and a Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft that traveled from the International Space Station in 2005.

Intrepid Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1979, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.intrepidmuseum.org

  One Intrepid Square
West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue
New York NY 10036  

  877-957-7447


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Good

This charity's score is 87.35, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

85.0%


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This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.3%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

4.6%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

21.8%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.29


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.57 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

1.87%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
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No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President

$623,375 (1.86% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code (BMF activity code: 995)


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) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Intrepid Museum Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Earned revenue comprises approximately 85% of the Museum’s total income. Government mandated, pandemic related closure decimated the Museum’s revenues and cash flow and had a significant adverse impact on its overall financial condition. During the period April to December 2020, the Museum’s earned revenue dropped approx. 95% compared to the same period in 2019. Management took the difficult step of furloughing most of its front of house staff, reducing overall headcount and cutting expenses where possible, while pivoting its programmatic efforts towards virtual delivery and engaging audiences online. The Museum launched an aggressive fundraising campaign in lieu of an annual fundraising gala, worked with grant funders to redirect dollars for program and other initiatives. In addition, Management secured a liquidity facility, drew on its line of credit and secured two PPP loans to meet operational and programmatic expenses and to ensure the post-pandemic sustainability of the Museum.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

All in-person public and private programming ceased as of March 13, 2020, including group visits, birthday parties, overnights, education programming, camps, seminars, speaking engagements, private events, films, tours and more. Programs delivered at off-site locations, such as schools, libraries and community centers, were also cancelled. Museum staff, most working remotely, pivoted to offer digitally/ virtually as many programs as possible, using both established content and curriculum and creating new content and offerings.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The Museum downsized staff by more than half. The remaining team worked remotely to keep the Museum ‘open’ by delivering as much public programming and partner content as possible on virtual platforms. Education programs happened remotely through live interactions, mailed activity packets and recorded sessions. It also shifted delivery a national professional development program to online and got high marks by attendees. The Museum debuted an innovation in accessible museum experiences: Bring Your Own Accessible Device (BYOAD) Mobile Guide to allow guests to access exhibit content on their smartphones. The Museum and NYU’s Ability Project developed the interactive guide under a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Throughout the pandemic, the team kept the Museum’s website and social media active while working remotely. Strategic plans, short and long term, were scaled back and impactful low cost content was made available digitally and onsite for reopening.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The Museum will maintain a schedule of digital and virtual programming to continue to engage the expanded audiences that connected virtually during Covid. Management plans to expand and enhance the content available on BYOAD Mobile Guide to allow guests to access information on their smartphones that helps visitors navigate the Museum and offers a rich collection of content including fast facts, visual descriptions, historic photos, videos and oral histories, statistics, and deep dives into various exhibits, artifacts and spaces. The Museum will continue to expand its content, collections, artifacts and oral histories that are available to the public online via multiple channels.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 87.35
6/1/20202018 88.55
7/1/20182017 87.01
5/1/20172016 87.62
6/1/20162015 90.24
Rating Version: 2.0
9/1/20152014 90.03
7/1/20142013 91.45
5/1/20132012 95.31
5/1/20122011 95.35
9/20/20112010 97.33
Rating Version: 1.0
7/1/20112010 96.23
11/24/20102009 85.84
8/1/20092008 71.45
8/1/20082007 78.07
7/1/20072006 94.88
7/1/20062005 88.41
5/1/20052004 95.77
6/1/20042003 84.01
4/15/20032002 79.75
2/5/20032001 90.11

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Intrepid Museum Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Intrepid Museum Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$20,337,524

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


Exhibition


$6,119,823

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


Education


$1,894,311

Spent in most recent FY

6%

Percent of program expenses


Public Programs


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Intrepid Museum Foundation is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The Intrepid Museum is an educational and cultural nonprofit institution. Centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark, the Museum welcomes more than one million visitors each year (pre-COVID). Its mission is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. The Intrepid Museum’s artifacts—the legendary World War II-era aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and the nuclear missile submarine Growler—exemplify the engineering marvels that redefined the course of history through the stories of those who built and operated them.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Intrepid will deliver the intersection of history and innovation worldwide to educate, enrich and inspire our audiences to understand how the past impacts our future.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Remain Unique, Important, Inclusive and Competitive: Serve as a local community cultural hub to attract visitors Address gaps in education (e.g. STEM) for underserved students Lower barriers of entry

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Ensure long-term sustainability: Preserve Intrepid, a National Landmark, and Museum artifacts Connect collections to 21st century issues Foster inclusive workplace Grow and diversify revenue streams

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Create Best User Experience (UX) for visitors: before, during and after visit -Expand capacity for visitorship -Ensure greater accessibility and engagement for lifelong learners: onsite and virtual

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The Museum views investing in its personnel as a strategic priority and is committed to the professional development of its team. The Museum provides professional and technical training in skill sets to help staff in certain positions excel both personally and professionally. Staff are encouraged to attend and present at conferences and participate in industry organizations, as well as publish articles in professional publications. Staff are encouraged to participate in key cross-departmental strategic and operating committees. Periodically departments present at the Museum’s board meetings and those staff participate in developing the presentation as well as presenting. Management promotes from within when possible, both vertically and laterally. Staff who are cultivated to embark on roles that are more senior are offered external leadership courses, specific to their discipline and through American Management Association, to prepare them for increasing responsibilities.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Museum raises awareness of its mission by engaging and motivating audiences onsite and via social media, partnerships and multilevel strategies; leveraging educational, interactive content and programs through Instagram stories, virtual events, live streams, published videos and more. Intrepid partners with dozens of varied organizations: such as institutional member of 100K in 10, NY STEM Education Alliance, and NYCHA communities; participates in Museums for All initiative and CUNY to offer free entry and remove economic barriers to visit. The Museum shares its work by collaborating with other organizations and universities and presenting at 20 local and national conferences. These included ASTC, AAM, NSTA and MAAM Building Museums and continue through 2020 and 2021. Intrepid is part of a New York City cultural institution consortium who discuss and share common challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and work to set common standards and advocate for the collective need.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In March 2020, in response to guidance provided by state and local governments regarding large public gatherings, to safeguard the health of its visitors and employees and as a precautionary measure to limit opportunities for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, management temporarily closed the Museum to the public and provided remote work options for non-essential staff where possible. Within hours, Intrepid’s IT department had delivered laptops to those staff who were able to work remotely. Management then took the difficult step of furloughing most of its front of house staff, reducing overall headcount and cutting expenses where possible, while pivoting its programmatic efforts towards virtual delivery and engaging audiences online. Museum staff delivered 9 virtual astronomy live programs to over 223,091 unique viewers, its annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs virtually. Intrepid partnered with other museums and organizations to deliver educational live streaming events and its annual Youth Summit, with 457 participants from 14 countries, who spent an average of over 2 hours online. Given the broad audience reach – national and international – it experienced throughout 2020 and into 2021, management plans to continue the virtual delivery of many of its programs. Intrepid increased its presence on social media, ensuring visibility and promotion of its free programming, and expedited bringing its collections online. Staff held daily meetings virtually, ensuring consistency, communication, and seamless implementation of all. The Museum launched an aggressive fundraising campaign in lieu of an annual fundraising gala, worked with grant funders to redirect dollars for program and other initiatives. In addition, Management secured a liquidity facility, drew on its line of credit, secured two PPP loans to meet operational and programmatic expenses and received an SBA SVO grant to ensure the post-pandemic sustainability of the Museum.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Susan Marenoff-Zausner

President

Kenneth Fisher & Bruce Mosler

Co-Chairmen of the Board

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This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

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Intrepid Museum Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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Constituent Feedback


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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