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The New Children's Museum

think play create

four stars

95.35

200 West Island Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 233-8792   Web Site
EIN: 95-3619583

Board Leadership
Tom Rosso
Chair

CEO
Judy Forrester
CEO and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.35 four stars
  Financial 93.43 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/20/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. The Museum offers opportunities for children of all ages to experience the arts in ways that are meaningful to them, whether it's an energetic romp through the climbing structures, a thoughtful sculpting of a clay figure during a day visit, or recurring participation in camps, workshops and other in-depth programming.

The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. The Museum offers opportunities for children of all ages to experience the arts in ways that are meaningful to them, whether it's an energetic romp through the climbing structures, a thoughtful sculpting of a clay figure during a day visit, or recurring participation in camps, workshops and other in-depth programming.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Total number of people experiencing NCM at the Musesum and through outreach
317,943
Percent of total that came for free/nearly free through various access and outreach programs
26
Total students/chaperones via school visits (includes >50% from Title 1 schools)
12,607
Total children/adults visitors via active military programs/workshops, includes Blue Star Museums
25,093
This impact information is current as of August 2020, 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

four stars

93.43

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/20/2019 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.34
  Program Expenses Growth 7.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The New Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The New Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Social media comments, observation
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, For formal program evaluations
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Varies
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Note: This organization did not answer this question
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.35 four stars
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 89.83 three stars
Exploration Place (KS) 89.82 three stars
Kidspace Children's Museum (CA) 91.01 four stars
Long Island Children's Museum (NY) 85.83 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,140,815
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $320,518
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $395,009
Total Contributions $1,856,342
   Program Service Revenue $2,486,449
Total Primary Revenue $4,342,791
   Other Revenue $43,774
TOTAL REVENUE $4,386,565
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,969,927
   Administrative Expenses $665,007
   Fundraising Expenses $391,204
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,026,138
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-639,573
   
Net Assets $19,961,530

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
Exhibitions and Studios $1,797,860 45.3%
Community Access $1,387,844 34.9%
Community Outreach $784,223 19.8%

Ratings History
The New Children's Museum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/20/2019 95.35 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 93.50 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 88.62 three stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 90.50 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 90.09 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 92.56 four 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 95-3619583
Name in IRS Master File THE NEW CHILDRENS MUSEUM
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(119) Other cultural or historical 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 August, 1981
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
$203,475 4.04% Judy Forrester Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.35 four stars
The Strong National Museum of Play (NY) 87.92 three stars
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (FL) 88.81 three stars
Amazement Square (VA) 91.10 four stars
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 87.25 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The New Children's Museum
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 233-8792
EIN: 95-3619583

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Board Leadership

Tom Rosso
Chair

CEO

Judy Forrester
CEO and Executive Director

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