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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The Filson Historical Society

To collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.

three stars

88.31

1310 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY 40208
tel: (502) 635-5083   Web Site
EIN: 61-0444690

Board Leadership
Carl M. Thomas
Chair

CEO
Richard H. C. Clay
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.31 three stars
  Financial 87.67 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.

The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.

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Financial

three stars

87.67

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
68.1%
  Administrative Expenses 24.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.75
  Program Expenses Growth 10.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Filson Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Filson Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Filson Historical Society (KY) 88.31 three stars
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 92.13 four stars
Atlanta History Center (GA) 88.82 three stars
Dayton History (OH) 91.62 four stars
French Heritage Society (NY) 85.50 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,160,183
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $248,858
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,409,041
   Program Service Revenue $91,443
Total Primary Revenue $1,500,484
   Other Revenue $1,438,666
TOTAL REVENUE $2,939,150
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,951,259
   Administrative Expenses $617,726
   Fundraising Expenses $160,136
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,729,121
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $210,029
   
Net Assets $39,170,181

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 88.31 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 84.18 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 82.84 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 81.98 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 61-0444690
Name in IRS Master File THE FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code N50
NTEE Classification Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
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 March, 1942
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$179,000 6.55% Craig Buthod President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Filson Historical Society (KY) 88.31 three stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.37 three stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
California Historical Society (CA) 88.01 three stars
Atlanta History Center (GA) 88.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Filson Historical Society
1310 South 3rd Street
Louisville, KY 40208
tel: (502) 635-5083
EIN: 61-0444690

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Board Leadership

Carl M. Thomas
Chair

CEO

Richard H. C. Clay
President, CEO

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