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Discovery World

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

90.71

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

Board Leadership
Terence C. McMahon
Chairman

CEO
Bryan Wunar
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.71
  Financial 87.50
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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), freshwater education, and careers in the minds of children and young people, while playing a vital role in the workforce development pipeline.

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), freshwater education, and careers in the minds of children and young people, while playing a vital role in the workforce development pipeline.

Financial

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 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)
87.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.70
  Program Expenses Growth -4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
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
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 93.47
COSI Center of Science and Industry (OH) 86.66
Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74
Pacific Science Center (WA) 86.69

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,699,263
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $901,746
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,601,009
   Program Service Revenue $3,443,381
Total Primary Revenue $9,044,390
   Other Revenue $-239,412
TOTAL REVENUE $8,804,978
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,090,920
   Administrative Expenses $924,208
   Fundraising Expenses $380,994
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,396,122
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-591,144
   
Net Assets $52,600,758

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 $7,507,940 92.8%
Schooner Educational Programs $582,980 7.2%

Ratings History
Discovery World has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 90.71
2018-12 12/20/2019 90.71
2017-12 04/01/2019 90.71
2016-12 05/01/2018 89.56
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.79
2015-12 07/01/2017 89.02
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.29
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.30
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2016 77.03

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$73,925 0.78% Bryan Wunar CEO, President
Other Salaries of Note
$126,869 1.35% John Emmerich VP, Exhibits and Audience Engagement
$118,630 1.26% Carl Schoettel Chief Operating Officer
$37,701 0.40% Joel Brennan Former CEO, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery World (WI) 90.71
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 91.60
The Bakken Museum (MN) 92.34
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 89.07
COSI Center of Science and Industry (OH) 86.66

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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

Terence C. McMahon
Chairman

CEO

Bryan Wunar
President & CEO

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