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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mount Washington Observatory

Working to advance understanding of Earth's weather and climate

two stars

79.77

2779 White Mountain Highway North Conway, NH 03860
tel: (603) 356-2137   Web Site
EIN: 02-0225135

Board Leadership
Gary MacDonald
Chairman

CEO
Donna Dunn
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.77 two stars
  Financial 72.27 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mount Washington Observatory aims to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. The Observatory continues to record and disseminate weather information. It also serves as a benchmark station for many types of severe weather research and testing.

Mount Washington Observatory aims to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. The Observatory continues to record and disseminate weather information. It also serves as a benchmark station for many types of severe weather research and testing.

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Financial

two stars

72.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
66.7%
  Administrative Expenses 22.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.28
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.52
  Program Expenses Growth -2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mount Washington Observatory on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mount Washington Observatory on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mount Washington Observatory (NH) 79.77 two stars
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (ME) 90.49 four stars
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 89.75 three stars
New York Academy of Sciences (NY) 87.84 three stars
The Leakey Foundation (CA) 86.24 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $235,767
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $258,350
   Fundraising Events $169,869
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $32,204
Total Contributions $696,190
   Program Service Revenue $660,474
Total Primary Revenue $1,356,664
   Other Revenue $271,831
TOTAL REVENUE $1,628,495
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,309,654
   Administrative Expenses $439,877
   Fundraising Expenses $231,872
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,981,403
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-352,908
   
Net Assets $3,847,764

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
Scientific Research $1,309,654 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-04 06/01/2020 79.77 two stars
2018-04 09/03/2019 78.65 two stars
2017-04 02/01/2019 81.07 three stars
2017-04 07/01/2018 79.73 two stars
2016-04 06/01/2017 84.62 three stars
2015-04 08/01/2016 86.57 three stars
2014-04 06/01/2016 88.76 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-04 08/01/2015 90.37 four stars
2013-04 09/01/2014 92.73 four 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 02-0225135
Name in IRS Master File MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY
NTEE Code U31
NTEE Classification Astronomy
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
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 October, 1951
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End April
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • April, 2018
  • April, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$132,708 6.69% Sharon Schilling Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mount Washington Observatory (NH) 79.77 two stars
Woods Hole Research Center (MA) 95.03 four stars
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY) 94.01 four stars
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (DC) 88.98 three stars
Santa Fe Institute (NM) 85.60 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mount Washington Observatory
2779 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
tel: (603) 356-2137
fax: (603) 356-0307
EIN: 02-0225135

Mail donations to:
PO Box 2310
North Conway, NH 03860

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Board Leadership

Gary MacDonald
Chairman

CEO

Donna Dunn
Interim Executive Director

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