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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Expand your mind. Engage your world.

four stars

94.74

408 Mason Court Fort Collins, CO 80524
tel: (970) 221-6738   Web Site
EIN: 74-2541265

Board Leadership
Kristi Benningsdorf
President

CEO
Donna Jared & Cheryl Donaldson
Co-Executive Directors

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.74 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
86.3%
  Administrative Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.83
  Program Expenses Growth 16.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (CO) 94.74 four stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 96.66 four stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 89.08 three stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 88.54 three stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 87.14 three stars

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Combining science with history and culture, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) connects you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. FCMoD is a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight. This is the vision of the FCMoD, to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $278,351
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,001
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $20,750
Total Contributions $332,102
   Program Service Revenue $630,549
Total Primary Revenue $962,651
   Other Revenue $62,711
TOTAL REVENUE $1,025,362
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,577,841
   Administrative Expenses $169,079
   Fundraising Expenses $164,967
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,911,887
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-886,525
   
Net Assets $10,698,366

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
Exhibits $1,577,841 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 09/01/2016 94.74 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.24 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 82.74 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 77.23 two stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 86.37 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 74-2541265
Name in IRS Master File FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY NONPROFIT PARTNER
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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]
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$14,942 0.78% Donna Jared Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$66,267 3.46% William Wolverington Interim Executive Director
$24,176 1.26% Annette Geiselman Former Executive Director

Combining science with history and culture, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) connects you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. FCMoD is a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight. This is the vision of the FCMoD, to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (CO) 94.74 four stars
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Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (VT) 89.49 three stars
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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Court
Fort Collins, CO 80524
tel: (970) 221-6738
fax: (970) 416-2236
EIN: 74-2541265

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Board Leadership

Kristi Benningsdorf
President

CEO

Donna Jared & Cheryl Donaldson
Co-Executive Directors

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