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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Project Exploration

Science education, discovery, youth development

79.63

4511 South Evans Avenue Chicago, IL 60653
tel: (312) 273-4026   Web Site
EIN: 36-4305660

Board Leadership
Judy Lubin
Chair

CEO
Natasha Smith-Walker
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.63
  Financial 73.38
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education.

Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education.

Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.

Financial

73.38

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
70.6%
  Administrative Expenses 17.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.23
  Program Expenses Growth 9.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Exploration on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Exploration on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Exploration (IL) 79.63
IslandWood (WA) 85.29
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 91.00
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.40

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $546,221
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $110,918
Total Contributions $657,139
   Program Service Revenue $86,005
Total Primary Revenue $743,144
   Other Revenue $380
TOTAL REVENUE $743,524
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $431,918
   Administrative Expenses $239,709
   Fundraising Expenses $63,247
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $734,874
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,650
   
Net Assets $138,913

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Explore Program $161,969 37.5%
Discover Program $161,969 37.5%
Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative $107,980 25.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 09/01/2021 79.63
2018-08 12/01/2019 82.50
2017-08 12/21/2018 77.15
2016-08 11/01/2017 72.19
2015-08 07/01/2016 72.04
2014-08 06/01/2016 70.67
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 74.03
2013-08 10/01/2014 74.88
2012-08 12/01/2013 67.16
2011-08 08/01/2012 82.80
2010-08 09/20/2011 74.95
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 11/01/2010 68.71
2008-08 08/01/2009 86.56
2007-08 10/01/2008 79.20
2006-08 08/01/2007 73.84
2005-08 09/01/2006 76.53
2004-08 12/01/2005 71.01

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-4305660
Name in IRS Master File PROJECT EXPLORATION
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 September, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$108,000 14.69% Natasha Smith-Walker Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Exploration (IL) 79.63
Birthright Israel Foundation (NY) 87.34
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.56
IslandWood (WA) 85.29
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 91.00

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Charity Contact Info

Project Exploration
4511 South Evans Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
tel: (312) 273-4026
EIN: 36-4305660

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Board Leadership

Judy Lubin
Chair

CEO

Natasha Smith-Walker
Executive Director

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