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Greenwich Historical Society

Explore our Colorful Past!

three stars

80.48

39 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807
tel: (203) 869-6899   Web Site
EIN: 06-6036049

Board Leadership
Davidde E. Strackbein
Chairman

CEO
Debra L. Mecky
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.48 three stars
  Financial 73.58 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission at the Bush-Holley Historic Site since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. The circa 1730 structure began life as a home for prosperous merchants and gained recognition later as a boarding house and gathering place for many prominent American artists and writers. It is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 18 museums in Connecticut participating in the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Greenwich Historical Society also boasts an extensive research library and archives that contain over 1,200 linear feet of archival material; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and hands-on activities; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that features rotating exhibitions and a museum store.

The Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission at the Bush-Holley Historic Site since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. The circa 1730 structure began life as a home for prosperous merchants and gained recognition later as a boarding house and gathering place for many prominent American artists and writers. It is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 18 museums in Connecticut participating in the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Greenwich Historical Society also boasts an extensive research library and archives that contain over 1,200 linear feet of archival material; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and hands-on activities; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that features rotating exhibitions and a museum store.

Financial

two stars

73.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
58.7%
  Administrative Expenses 20.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.97
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greenwich Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greenwich Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 80.48 three stars
Senator John Heinz History Center- Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (PA) 90.62 four stars
Robert E. Lee Memorial Association (VA) 85.47 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 92.75 four stars
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 85.87 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,163,048
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $39,332
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,606
Total Contributions $4,207,986
   Program Service Revenue $70,012
Total Primary Revenue $4,277,998
   Other Revenue $635,283
TOTAL REVENUE $4,913,281
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $957,712
   Administrative Expenses $289,649
   Fundraising Expenses $421,730
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,669,091
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,244,190
   
Net Assets $17,940,952

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 80.48 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 83.08 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 80.88 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 77.82 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 72.67 two stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 75.05 two stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 75.48 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 06-6036049
Name in IRS Master File GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
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 (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 April, 1957
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 80.48 three stars
Senator John Heinz History Center- Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (PA) 90.62 four stars
Minnesota Historical Society (MN) 89.84 three stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 90.76 four stars
New England Historic Genealogical Society (MA) 87.92 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greenwich Historical Society
39 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807
tel: (203) 869-6899
fax: (203) 861-9720
EIN: 06-6036049

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Board Leadership

Davidde E. Strackbein
Chairman

CEO

Debra L. Mecky
Executive Director

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