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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Discover the universe in your backyard

three stars

89.78

28728 Wolf Road Bay Village, OH 44140
tel: (440) 871-2900   Web Site
EIN: 34-0845030

Board Leadership
Phil Callesen
President

CEO
Catherine Timko
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.78 three stars
  Financial 85.55 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center educates and inspires each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural world. Our vision is to give every child and adult the opportunity to make a lasting connection to the natural world and to build a lifelong passion for discovery.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center educates and inspires each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural world. Our vision is to give every child and adult the opportunity to make a lasting connection to the natural world and to build a lifelong passion for discovery.

Financial

three stars

85.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
78.2%
  Administrative Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.69
  Program Expenses Growth -5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, Program feedback forms
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
For decades families have told us how much they value the experience of seeing live animals in our many indoor and outdoor exhibits They have told us that their visits at the Center give them high quality time together for learning and discovery In the last three years we increased the educational content of our exhibit signage by 75% and increased the number of exhibits for public enjoyment These exhibit improvements provide more value to the visitors and are still enjoyed free 7 days each week
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 87.70 three stars
Irvine Nature Center (MD) 88.84 three stars
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (IL) 86.87 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 87.55 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $718,480
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $22,260
   Fundraising Events $56,634
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $163,723
Total Contributions $961,097
   Program Service Revenue $478,258
Total Primary Revenue $1,439,355
   Other Revenue $148,584
TOTAL REVENUE $1,587,939
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,048,749
   Administrative Expenses $178,803
   Fundraising Expenses $116,272
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,343,824
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $244,115
   
Net Assets $4,994,575

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
Student Programs and Preschool $406,508 38.8%
Wildlife Exhibits and Rehabilitation $373,222 35.6%
Space Science Education $269,019 25.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 89.78 three stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 90.27 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 92.23 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 90.70 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 93.25 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.97 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 05/01/2015 92.64 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 87.00 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 79.48 two stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 86.73 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 89.89 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 86.48 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.63 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 76.98 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 87.16 three stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 87.22 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 78.97 two stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 74.64 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 34-0845030
Name in IRS Master File LAKE ERIE JUNIOR NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 April, 1953
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$101,937 7.58% Catherine Timko Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three stars
Great Meadow Foundation (VA) 87.27 three stars
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.07 three stars
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 91.46 four stars
ODC Network (MI) 94.56 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
28728 Wolf Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
tel: (440) 871-2900
EIN: 34-0845030

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Board Leadership

Phil Callesen
President

CEO

Catherine Timko
Executive Director

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