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Berkshire Museum

Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections!

three stars

86.85

39 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
tel: (413) 443-7171   Web Site
EIN: 04-2103878

Board Leadership
Elizabeth McGraw
President

CEO
David Ellis
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.85 three stars
  Financial 81.85 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Berkshire Museum works to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science. The broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.

Berkshire Museum works to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science. The broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.

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Financial

three stars

81.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
70.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.27
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Berkshire Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Berkshire Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Berkshire Museum (MA) 86.85 three stars
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (FL) 96.46 four stars
Peabody Essex Museum (MA) 87.61 three stars
Petersen Automotive Museum (CA) 86.62 three stars
Grounds for Sculpture (NJ) 90.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $566,244
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $226,310
   Fundraising Events $152,699
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $23,568
Total Contributions $968,821
   Program Service Revenue $399,582
Total Primary Revenue $1,368,403
   Other Revenue $989,849
TOTAL REVENUE $2,358,252
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,149,742
   Administrative Expenses $695,877
   Fundraising Expenses $271,700
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,117,319
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-759,067
   
Net Assets $16,673,758

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
Collections $1,234,544 57.4%
Arts and Science Education $748,961 34.8%
Public Programs $166,237 7.7%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 86.85 three stars
2016-06 04/01/2018 86.58 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.83 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.41 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 84.15 three stars

Historical CN Advisories

10/27/2017-04/01/2018: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the Berkshire Museum on April 1, 2018, because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • On February 14, 2018, the Brattleboro Reformer published an article titled, "Agreement OKs sale of Rockwell paintings." For more information see the Brattleboro Reformer article.

  • On February 15, 2018, New England Public Radio published an article titled, "Berkshire Museum Defends Deal With Attorney General." For more information see the New England Public Radio article.

Charity Navigator had published a Moderate Concern CN Advisory on the Berkshire Museum because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On October 10, 2017, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Berkshire Museum, is the subject of an investigation by Officials from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office according to an article titled, "Attorney General's office digs into Berkshire Museum's planned art sale." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Berkshire Eagle article.

    Charity Response

    Statement from the Berkshire Museum:

    The Berkshire Museum has been responding to questions about our New Vision in a special section on our website.

    There is a specific page that responds to Frequently Asked Questions and another page that provides a Financial Summary.

    You will also note that there is an entire section devoted to voices of community support which includes links to press coverage positively conveying the Museum’s plans and vision.

    • On November 7, 2017, The Times Union published an article titled, "Judge OKs Berkshire Museum's sale of Rockwell paintings." For more information, please see The Times Union article.

    • On November 18, 2017, The Berkshire Eagle published an article titled, "AG's document requests show broad inquiry into Berkshire Museum's operations." For more information, please see The Berkshire Eagle article.

    • On November 26, 2017, The Boston Globe published an article titled, "Change or die: Choice is clear for Berkshire Museum." For more information, please see The Boston Globe article.

    • On December 2, 2017, The Berkshire Eagle published an article titled, "No quick result expected in Berkshire Museum litigation." For more information, please see The Berkshire Eagle article.

    • On December 9, 2017, The Berkshire Eagle published an article titled, "Berkshire Museum assails Attorney General's probe as 'one-sided'." For more information, please see The Berkshire Eagle article.

    • On January 27, 2018, The Boston Globe published an article titled, "The Berkshire Museum defends its most important asset: its open doors." For more information, please see The Boston Globe article.

    • On January 29, 2018, The Berkshire Eagle published an article titled, "Court filing suggests talks underway to resolve Berkshire Museum art sale." For more information, please see The Berkshire Eagle article.

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

EIN 04-2103878
Name in IRS Master File TRUSTEES OF THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(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 May, 1940
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$138,571 4.44% Van Shields Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Berkshire Museum (MA) 86.85 three stars
National Civil Rights Museum (TN) 91.54 four stars
Muhammad Ali Center (KY) 90.34 four stars
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (FL) 96.46 four stars
Peabody Essex Museum (MA) 87.61 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Berkshire Museum
39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
tel: (413) 443-7171
EIN: 04-2103878

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth McGraw
President

CEO

David Ellis
Interim Executive Director

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