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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Museum of Discovery

To ignite a passion

three stars

82.56

500 President Clinton Ave Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72201
tel: (501) 396-7050   Web Site
EIN: 71-0391707

Board Leadership
Stuart Jackson
Chair

CEO
Kelley Bass
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.56 three stars
  Financial 80.43 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Museum of Discovery's mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology, and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum's exhibits.

The Museum of Discovery's mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology, and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum's exhibits.

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Financial

three stars

80.43

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.2%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.06
  Program Expenses Growth -7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Discovery on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Discovery on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Discovery (AR) 82.56 three stars
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (TX) 85.40 three stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 85.84 three stars
Science Central (IN) 88.22 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $471,164
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $371,221
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $295,000
Total Contributions $1,137,385
   Program Service Revenue $1,433,129
Total Primary Revenue $2,570,514
   Other Revenue $75,225
TOTAL REVENUE $2,645,739
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,631,259
   Administrative Expenses $525,651
   Fundraising Expenses $364,632
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,521,542
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-875,803
   
Net Assets $7,473,213

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 Exhibits and Programs $1,614,252 61.3%
Arkansas Discovery Network $797,145 30.3%
Outreach $219,862 8.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 82.56 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 82.95 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 83.25 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 87.32 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.86 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 80.98 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 83.77 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 82.90 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 84.25 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 71-0391707
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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, 1978
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$130,032 3.69% Kelley Bass Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Discovery (AR) 82.56 three stars
New York Hall of Science (NY) 90.21 four stars
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 90.83 four stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.88 four stars
Mid-America Science Museum (AR) 93.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Ave
Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72201
tel: (501) 396-7050
EIN: 71-0391707

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Board Leadership

Stuart Jackson
Chair

CEO

Kelley Bass
Chief Executive Officer

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