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Discovery World

Wisconsin's premier nonprofit science and technology center for kids.

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four stars

90.71

500 North Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202
tel: (414) 765-9966   Web Site
EIN: 39-1691578

Board Leadership
Dennis Krakau
Chairman of the Board

CEO
John Emmerich
VP & Interim CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.71 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Discovery World provides fun and educational experiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs for families and students in Milwaukee, the region, and the state of Wisconsin. We generate excitement for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and freshwater education and careers in the minds of children, even before they head to high school and beyond.

Discovery World provides fun and educational experiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs for families and students in Milwaukee, the region, and the state of Wisconsin. We generate excitement for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and freshwater education and careers in the minds of children, even before they head to high school and beyond.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of participants engaged in programs
125,000
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This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
89.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.52
  Program Expenses Growth -3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery World on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery World on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.80 four stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 90.96 four stars
Living Arts & Science Center (KY) 88.93 three stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,458,163
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $766,418
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,224,581
   Program Service Revenue $3,515,914
Total Primary Revenue $19,740,495
   Other Revenue $-230,777
TOTAL REVENUE $19,509,718
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,401,230
   Administrative Expenses $697,917
   Fundraising Expenses $358,192
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,457,339
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,052,379
   
Net Assets $55,472,567

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
Educational Programs, Camps, and Tours $7,873,998 93.7%
Schooner Educational Programs $527,232 6.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 04/01/2019 90.71 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 89.56 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.79 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 89.02 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.29 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.30 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2016 77.03 two 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 39-1691578
Name in IRS Master File DISCOVERY WORLD LTD
NTEE Code B30
NTEE Classification Vocational, Technical Schools
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 September, 1991
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,923 2.13% Joel Brennan CEO and President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 96.64 four stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 94.26 four stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.01 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 87.33 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Discovery World
500 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
tel: (414) 765-9966
EIN: 39-1691578

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Board Leadership

Dennis Krakau
Chairman of the Board

CEO

John Emmerich
VP & Interim CEO

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