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Delaware Museum of Natural History

Exciting and informing people about the natural world

three stars

89.09

4840 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE 19807
tel: (302) 658-9111   Web Site
EIN: 51-0083535

Board Leadership
Richard F. Cairns
President

CEO
Halsey Spruance
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.09 three stars
  Financial 84.87 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.

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Financial

three stars

84.87

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
66.1%
  Administrative Expenses 23.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.39
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Delaware Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Delaware Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 89.09 three stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 93.36 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 90.75 four stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 90.09 four stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 95.99 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,960,403
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $96,626
   Fundraising Events $11,860
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,988
Total Contributions $2,078,877
   Program Service Revenue $406,706
Total Primary Revenue $2,485,583
   Other Revenue $470,297
TOTAL REVENUE $2,955,880
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,826,915
   Administrative Expenses $301,247
   Fundraising Expenses $295,460
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,423,622
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $532,258
   
Net Assets $25,142,495

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 $1,262,411 69.1%
Scientific Collections and Laboratories $564,504 30.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 04/01/2019 89.09 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 83.45 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 82.82 three stars
2014-12 02/01/2017 78.25 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 77.23 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 70.68 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 80.89 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2015 79.06 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 78.00 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 51-0083535
Name in IRS Master File DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
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
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 July, 1959
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$89,064 3.67% William H. Spruance Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 89.09 three stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 89.02 three stars
EcoTarium (MA) 88.48 three stars
The Field Museum (IL) 91.53 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807
tel: (302) 658-9111
fax: (302) 658-2610
EIN: 51-0083535

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 3937
Wilmington, DE 19807

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Board Leadership

Richard F. Cairns
President

CEO

Halsey Spruance
Executive Director

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