Mission: Known as San Diego's jewel box of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is home to a world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. The ... (More)

Timken Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1952, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.timkenmuseum.org/

 2550 5th Avenue
Suite 500
San Diego CA 92103 

  619-239-5548


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 100.00, earning it a 4-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 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

88.1%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


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

8.8%


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

3.0%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising 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

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.4%


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

$0.01


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

12.05 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

21.86%


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:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • 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.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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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.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Megan Pogue, Executive Director

$205,874 (9.47% 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 2020

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:

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc. (BMF activity code: 060)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

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.


Timken Museum of Art reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

As the only “always free” art museum in the region, Balboa Park, San Diego, the Timken has been particularly hard hit because of the pandemic because we rely heavily on donations, community engagement, and the income from our endowment which has also been adversely impacted. During the first full month of April 2020, gifts plummeted to $1,303 compared with $77,510 in April 2019. Since the intended closure, beginning in March 2020, the Timken’s cash donations have declined 65% and store sales have decreased 95%.


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

In light of COVID-19, the Timken has adapted all of its operations, methods of programming, and outreach to virtual platforms and modified in-person experiences (with the roll out of the vaccines), and will continue providing free arts access, programming, and education to the San Diego community. The Timken’s operations have also been affected due to COVID-19 including the cancellation of two art lectures between June and July 2020, one trip to The Getty Center planned for July 2020, an Art in the Evening event in July 2020, the Collector’s Dinner in June 2020, the Timken’s annual Orange & Black Soiree scheduled for October 2020 and October 2021, and our summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, fall 2021 and summer residency exhibitions.


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

The Timken has swiftly transitioned museum operations and programming to virtual and online platforms, and will continue providing educational programs that serve marginalized people who are socially isolated during this time, either due to incarceration, illness, mental and physical health challenges, disability, or age, through various programs in each of the following institutions and facilities: Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, White Sands La Jolla, Vi Assisted Living, Casa de Manana and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. These partner organizations have shared with the Timken that the COVID-19 public health emergency has exacerbated their constituents' existing feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety, illustrating the significance and impact of Timken arts education programming.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The Timken closed its doors on March 16, 2020 and took programming online to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Director of Curatorial Affairs, Dr. Derrick R. Cartwright, tunes in weekly to lecture his viewers on the Timken collection, special exhibitions, upcoming installations, and curatorial preservation, as well as writing short discussions of the artwork in a weekly blog called, Work of the Week. We collaborate with our park partners to show behind the scenes artwork preservation processes with Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC). The Timken also joined forces with Friends of Balboa Park to bring art tutorials about, celebrating San Diego and the gems of Balboa Park. Lastly, we send a Friday newsletter to our Friends of the Timken with a summary of that week's findings and education. The Timken will continue to provide newsletters to the community as well as promote our virtual curatorial content and presence.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
5/1/20212020 100.00
6/1/20202019 95.98
5/1/20192018 87.69
7/1/20182017 78.47
7/1/20172016 76.70

...   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

Timken Museum of Art 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



Timken Museum of Art reported its two largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,654,768

Spent in most recent FY

86%

Percent of program expenses


The Putnam Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit organization whose primary activity is the education of the public in fine arts through the operation of the Timken Museum of Art (the Museum) lo ... (More)


$258,119

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


Educational Programs:The museums educational programs, broad and varied, are offered throughout the year and are free of charge. The programs, both in the museum and out in the community include schoo ... (More)


...   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 Timken Museum of Art is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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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 Putnam Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary activity is the education of the public in fine arts through the operation of the Timken Museum of Art located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


The mission of the Timken, through the framework of racial and cultural equity, celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching the lives and nurturing the creative spirit in us all. The Timken is the only art museum in San Diego’s region to provide free admission everyday with unlimited access to art masterworks, seasonal exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, and art workshops. The Timken provides free admission to all visitors to its world-renowned collection of 14th- through 19th-Century masterworks that feature prestigious artworks on loan from museums around the world. As such, we recognize that the Timken often represents the only opportunity many will receive to personally view masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt, Brueghel and David. Through exhibitions, education programs, and community partnerships, the Timken maintains high standards of practice for continued success as a fully-integrated community resource.


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: Undertake new research and scholarship to improve the interpretation and communication of the collection and exhibitions to our audiences.

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


Goal Two: Develop innovative education and outreach programs that position the Timken as a “learning lab” through increased and expanded participation of community members and program partners.

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


Goal Three: Strengthen governance structures and functioning to ensure effective volunteer leadership in support of the Museum’s mission and strategies using the Timken’s Strategic Plan as a guide.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Fulfilling our mission and vision and achieving the goals of the strategic plan will requires continued investment in professional management. The Timken has historically operated with a lean staff, and many employees wear multiple hats to accomplish the full range of activities that go into a museum. The Timken has recruited four new board members in under twelve months that represent varying backgrounds, education levels, economic status, and community involvement. Throughout the pandemic, the Timken has implemented weekly “coffee talks” where staff and board members gather together to discuss the Museum’s operations, news highlights, and offer an open space for members to communicate with each other and share their experiences and opinions. The Executive Director of the Timken offers an open environment where all feedback is compiled and incorporated into future plans for the Museum’s continued effort for more accessible and effective operations.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

No strategic plan can be successfully implemented without strong, dedicated volunteer Board members who are engaged in the strategic work of the museum, who set policy and work in concert with the director and staff to advance the museum’s agenda. The Timken is fortunate to have Board members who are committed to the vision and ideals of the museum. As the Timken moves into a new growth phase and continues to professionalize, strengthening the Board of Trustees as an effective, governing body that sets policy has been critical. The Timken has recruited four new board members in the past seven months that represent varying backgrounds, education levels, economic status, and community involvement. The Timken is committed to serving our community in the most effective ways possible, firstly by including these individuals in our organizational structure. These individuals have brought new community partnerships with organizations to expand our educational outreach and community impact.

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.


This past year has been a groundbreaking one towards ensuring the Timken’s continued success and sustained future. Under COVID-19 restraints, the Timken remained dedicated to serving our San Diego community, and since the start of the pandemic, the staff have risen to the occasion, working harder than ever, to take on new duties and responsibilities and ensure a successful future for the Museum’s programs and operations. The Timken’s Board of Directors and leadership made a strategic decision to close the museum in the spring of 2020 and plans to reopen the museum once it is more safe to do so (estimated in the Spring of 2022). In addition to the many programmatic and exhibition, the Museum has made significant strides towards its planned facility expansion and the deepening of its educational, artistic and academic ties with The University of San Diego. The Board of Directors, led by community leader Jessie J. Knight, Jr., unanimously participated in funding a commitment towards a feasibility study that included the successful negotiation of a new, 30-year lease with the City of San Diego. This new lease essentially doubles the size of the Timken’s leasehold and accommodates the opportunity for a 10,000+ square foot expansion that will include a 4,000 square foot exhibition gallery, classroom space, an art intake and conservation area, and an interactive children’s activity center. This plan also includes upgrades to our HVAC system, made in partnership with the United States Department of Defense, to reduce emissions, control humidity, and eliminate mold, corrosion, as well as eliminate 99.997% of harmful airborne pathogens. The high efficiency upgrade of the Timken’s HVAC system will be incredibly impressive with significant attention to our museum and community as we manage and address the ongoing global health crisis. The Timken's project is boldly innovative and aggressively invests in cutting edge technologies for a more accessible world.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Megan Pogue

Executive Director

Jessie J. Knight Jr.

Chairman

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Culture & Community Score

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


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