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Greenwich Historical Society

Explore our Colorful Past!

four stars

93.52

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

Board Leadership
Haley Rockwell Elmlinger & Catherine Tompkins
Co-Chairs

CEO
Debra L. Mecky
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.52 four stars
  Financial 91.77 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

four stars

91.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
73.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.74
  Program Expenses Growth 20.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
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) 93.52 four stars
Minnesota Historical Society (MN) 87.67 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 94.69 four stars
New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors (MA) 88.73 three stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 89.33 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,483,582
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $68,620
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $61,482
Total Contributions $3,613,684
   Program Service Revenue $102,495
Total Primary Revenue $3,716,179
   Other Revenue $787,851
TOTAL REVENUE $4,504,030
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,608,533
   Administrative Expenses $127,183
   Fundraising Expenses $194,153
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,929,869
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,574,161
   
Net Assets $23,498,701

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
Greenwich Historical Society has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 93.52 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 92.13 four stars
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$110,279 5.71% Debra Mecky Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 93.52 four stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
The Explorers Club (NY) 88.52 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 94.69 four stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 93.53 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Haley Rockwell Elmlinger & Catherine Tompkins
Co-Chairs

CEO

Debra L. Mecky
Executive Director

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