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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity.

four stars

91.18

One College Street Burlington, VT 05401
tel: (877) 324-6386   Web Site
EIN: 03-0347288

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Miller
Chair

CEO
Phelan R. Fretz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.18 four stars
  Financial 94.14 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences.

ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences.

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Financial

four stars

94.14

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
78.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.29
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 89.09 three stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 89.15 three stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,835,408
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $527,011
Total Contributions $2,362,419
   Program Service Revenue $1,015,869
Total Primary Revenue $3,378,288
   Other Revenue $666,168
TOTAL REVENUE $4,044,456
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,796,210
   Administrative Expenses $540,584
   Fundraising Expenses $187,540
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,524,334
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $520,122
   
Net Assets $16,382,604

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 12/01/2019 91.18 four stars
2018-03 02/01/2019 91.45 four stars
2017-03 03/01/2018 91.69 four stars
2016-03 04/01/2017 91.68 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 91.18 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 09/01/2015 91.38 four stars
2013-03 08/01/2014 90.86 four stars
2012-03 04/01/2013 82.48 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 03-0347288
Name in IRS Master File LEAHY CENTER FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN INC
NTEE Code A59
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 (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(199) Other scientific research 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 June, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$183,559 5.20% Phelan Fretz Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 92.66 four stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 90.27 four stars
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.68 four stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 95.99 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
One College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
tel: (877) 324-6386
EIN: 03-0347288

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Miller
Chair

CEO

Phelan R. Fretz
Executive Director

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