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

Maine Historical Society

Preserving history, engaging minds, connecting Maine

one star

68.07

489 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101
tel: (207) 774-1822   Web Site
EIN: 01-0211530

Board Leadership
Jean Gulliver
Chair

CEO
Steve Bromage
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.07 one star
  Financial 59.04 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. he Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state.

Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. he Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state.

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Financial

one star

59.04

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
55.4%
  Administrative Expenses 33.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.44
  Program Expenses Growth -2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maine Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maine Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maine Historical Society (ME) 68.07 one star
Minnesota Historical Society (MN) 87.79 three stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 92.33 four stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
California Historical Society (CA) 88.01 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $624,499
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $94,547
   Fundraising Events $92,432
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $114,357
Total Contributions $925,835
   Program Service Revenue $276,169
Total Primary Revenue $1,202,004
   Other Revenue $492,704
TOTAL REVENUE $1,694,708
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,223,849
   Administrative Expenses $709,723
   Fundraising Expenses $256,451
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,190,023
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-495,315
   
Net Assets $10,321,554

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
Historical Research Library $630,601 51.5%
Wadsworth Longfellow House and Museum $485,681 39.7%
Museum Store $107,567 8.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 68.07 one star
2018-06 08/01/2019 72.32 two stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 80.31 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 80.10 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 75.61 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 81.61 three stars
2013-09 02/01/2015 65.41 one star

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

EIN 01-0211530
Name in IRS Master File MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A82
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Literary Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
(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]
Ruling Date April, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$96,000 4.38% Stephen Bromage Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maine Historical Society (ME) 68.07 one star
Georgia Historical Society (GA) 96.82 four stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 95.94 four stars
Humanities Texas (TX) 89.24 three stars
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
tel: (207) 774-1822
fax: (207) 775-4301
EIN: 01-0211530

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Board Leadership

Jean Gulliver
Chair

CEO

Steve Bromage
Executive Director

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