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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation

Inspiring conservation of the marine environment

four stars

90.66

717 General Booth Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23451
tel: (757) 385-3474   Web Site
EIN: 52-1272309

Board Leadership
Sal DaBiero
Chairman

CEO
Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.66 four stars
  Financial 87.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. Since our doors opened in 1986, we've been inspiring guests at the Virginia Aquarium through interactive, hands-on exhibits, programming and offsite, mission-based programs throughout southeast Virginia.

The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. Since our doors opened in 1986, we've been inspiring guests at the Virginia Aquarium through interactive, hands-on exhibits, programming and offsite, mission-based programs throughout southeast Virginia.

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Financial

three stars

87.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.48
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.66 four stars
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.70 four stars
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CA) 89.24 three stars
Texas State Aquarium (TX) 92.25 four stars
Seattle Aquarium (WA) 90.97 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,285,987
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,820
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,293,807
   Program Service Revenue $1,522,399
Total Primary Revenue $2,816,206
   Other Revenue $1,192,106
TOTAL REVENUE $4,008,312
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,792,181
   Administrative Expenses $250,613
   Fundraising Expenses $381,198
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,423,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $584,320
   
Net Assets $30,051,650

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
Education Programs $1,100,903 39.4%
Exhibits $914,985 32.8%
Research and Conservation $776,293 27.8%

Ratings History
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 90.66 four stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 90.48 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 90.94 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 90.94 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.20 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 88.19 three stars
2014-06 08/01/2015 91.10 four stars
2013-06 05/01/2014 86.47 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 86.52 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 81.22 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.25 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 75.46 two stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 92.70 four stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 94.58 four 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 52-1272309
Name in IRS Master File VIRGINIA AQUARIUM & MARINE SCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(603) Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations
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 January, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VA) 90.66 four stars
Shedd Aquarium (IL) 94.32 four stars
Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) 97.26 four stars
Aquarium of the Pacific (CA) 93.24 four stars
The Florida Aquarium (FL) 90.70 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
tel: (757) 385-3474
EIN: 52-1272309

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Board Leadership

Sal DaBiero
Chairman

CEO

Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis
Executive Director

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