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    Chicago History Museum

    Chicago History Museum


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...1601 N CLARK ST
    Chicago IL 60614-6038


    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1932 | EIN: 36-2167004  


    The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1857 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.

    Our mission is to share Chicago stories, serving as a hub for scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 82%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Accountability & Finance. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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     Important note on the timeliness of ratings

    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Chicago History Museum is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

    Rating Report

    • Impact & Results
    • Accountability & Finance
    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
    Accountability & Finance
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    Accountability & Finance


    Chicago History Museum has earned a 82% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2020, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 61.50% - 2.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 2.49 years - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.18 - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 18.70% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 9.19% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 71.89% - 6.63/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 2.40% - 5.4/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
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