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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

three stars

81.07

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

Board Leadership
Howie Wemyss
Chair

CEO
Sharon Schilling
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.07 three stars
  Financial 73.53 two 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.

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.

Financial

two stars

73.53

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)
68.5%
  Administrative Expenses 21.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.54
  Program Expenses Growth -3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.9%
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) 81.07 three stars
Earthwatch Institute (MA) 86.99 three stars
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (DC) 88.73 three stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 92.95 four stars
Lowell Observatory (AZ) 88.56 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $286,110
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $260,575
   Fundraising Events $246,871
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $17,889
Total Contributions $811,445
   Program Service Revenue $727,003
Total Primary Revenue $1,538,448
   Other Revenue $249,690
TOTAL REVENUE $1,788,138
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,399,221
   Administrative Expenses $456,547
   Fundraising Expenses $210,490
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,066,258
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-278,120
   
Net Assets $4,046,257

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 $1,399,221 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
  • April, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$43,345 2.09% Sharon Schilling President
Other Salaries of Note
$53,716 2.59% Ed Bergeron Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mount Washington Observatory (NH) 81.07 three stars
XPRIZE Foundation (CA) 88.71 three stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 92.95 four stars
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 87.74 three stars
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 96.66 four 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

Howie Wemyss
Chair

CEO

Sharon Schilling
President

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