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Museum of African American History

Still Making History

one star

65.35

31 Milk Street Suite 705
Boston, MA 02109
tel: (617) 725-0022   Web Site
EIN: 04-2429556

Board Leadership
Sylvia Stevens-Edouard
Chair

CEO
Leon Wilson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 65.35 one star
  Financial 74.77 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 58.00 one star
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Museum of African American History is the region's largest organization dedicated to African American heritage and culture, as a fundamental part of United States history. The mission of the Museum is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them, in their quest for freedom and justice. Through our historic buildings, collections, and programs, the Museum expands cultural understanding and promotes dignity and respect for all.

The Museum centers on two uniquely important sites: in Boston, we steward the African Meeting House (1806) and the Abiel Smith School (1835), and on Nantucket, the African Meeting House (c.1820) and the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (c.1774). These buildings are much more than buildings. They represent countless under-told stories and anchor two Black Heritage Trails, plus the Museum's exhibits and interactive education programs for youth.

The Museum of African American History is the region's largest organization dedicated to African American heritage and culture, as a fundamental part of United States history. The mission of the Museum is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them, in their quest for freedom and justice. Through our historic buildings, collections, and programs, the Museum expands cultural understanding and promotes dignity and respect for all.

The Museum centers on two uniquely important sites: in Boston, we steward the African Meeting House (1806) and the Abiel Smith School (1835), and on Nantucket, the African Meeting House (c.1820) and the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (c.1774). These buildings are much more than buildings. They represent countless under-told stories and anchor two Black Heritage Trails, plus the Museum's exhibits and interactive education programs for youth.

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Financial

two stars

74.77

Accountability & Transparency

one star

58.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
57.5%
  Administrative Expenses 39.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.25
  Program Expenses Growth -3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of African American History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of African American History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of African American History (MA) 65.35 one star
Museum of Danish America (IA) 86.64 three stars
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (PA) 85.38 three stars
Japanese American National Museum (CA) 85.84 three stars
Studio Museum in Harlem (NY) 88.82 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,117,983
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $10,931
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,128,914
   Program Service Revenue $260,455
Total Primary Revenue $1,389,369
   Other Revenue $169,001
TOTAL REVENUE $1,558,370
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,280,029
   Administrative Expenses $1,120,068
   Fundraising Expenses $37,340
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,437,437
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-879,067
   
Net Assets $11,965,755

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 09/01/2020 65.35 one star
2017-12 05/01/2020 74.89 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 73.24 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 81.47 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 84.52 three stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 86.19 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 86.56 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 04/01/2015 86.77 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 04-2429556
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY INC
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 February, 1983
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
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of African American History (MA) 65.35 one star
American Swedish Institute (MN) 91.78 four stars
Studio Museum in Harlem (NY) 88.82 three stars
Japanese American National Museum (CA) 85.84 three stars
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (IA) 87.52 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Museum of African American History
31 Milk Street
Suite 705
Boston, MA 02109
tel: (617) 725-0022
fax: (617) 720-5225
EIN: 04-2429556

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Board Leadership

Sylvia Stevens-Edouard
Chair

CEO

Leon Wilson
President & CEO

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