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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Dubuque County Historical Society

Where fun and learning flow together

three stars

87.26

350 East Third Street Dubuque, IA 52001
tel: (800) 226-3369   Web Site
EIN: 42-6072050

Board Leadership
Lori Thielen
Chair

CEO
Kurt Strand
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.26 three stars
  Financial 85.74 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009.

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009.

Financial

three stars

85.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
86.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.74
  Program Expenses Growth -2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dubuque County Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dubuque County Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dubuque County Historical Society (IA) 87.26 three stars
South Street Seaport Museum (NY) 88.84 three stars
Maine Maritime Museum (ME) 95.05 four stars
Adirondack Historical Association (NY) 90.10 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,309,937
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $355,562
   Fundraising Events $121,759
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $518,839
Total Contributions $2,306,097
   Program Service Revenue $2,071,809
Total Primary Revenue $4,377,906
   Other Revenue $755,584
TOTAL REVENUE $5,133,490
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,869,575
   Administrative Expenses $664,428
   Fundraising Expenses $380,637
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,914,640
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,781,150
   
Net Assets $36,209,201

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
Museum Operations and Collections $5,869,575 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 87.26 three stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 89.63 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 90.20 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.87 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 91.38 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.71 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 82.29 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 85.33 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 87.56 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 87.65 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.18 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.30 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 91.94 four stars
2008-12 08/01/2010 88.50 three 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 42-6072050
Name in IRS Master File DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A82
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 October, 1964
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$263,395 3.80% Kurt Strand President, CEO

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Dubuque County Historical Society
350 East Third Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
tel: (800) 226-3369
EIN: 42-6072050

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Board Leadership

Lori Thielen
Chair

CEO

Kurt Strand
President & CEO

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