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Rochester Museum and Science Center

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four stars

90.58

657 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
tel: (585) 271-4320   Web Site
EIN: 16-0794131

Board Leadership
Nicholas Berno
Chair

CEO
Hillary Olson
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.58 four stars
  Financial 88.67 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1912, The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. The RMSC continues to inspire our community by serving as the area's resource for informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; providing more than 200 hands-on exhibits that promote inquiry-based learning; and investing in our area's future through our preschool, science day camps and workforce preparation and visitation assistance programs.

Founded in 1912, The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. The RMSC continues to inspire our community by serving as the area's resource for informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; providing more than 200 hands-on exhibits that promote inquiry-based learning; and investing in our area's future through our preschool, science day camps and workforce preparation and visitation assistance programs.

Financial

three stars

88.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
83.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.42
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rochester Museum and Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rochester Museum and Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 90.58 four stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 95.73 four stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 95.79 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Orlando Science Center (FL) 90.47 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $934,587
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $499,770
   Fundraising Events $265,796
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,335,049
Total Contributions $3,035,202
   Program Service Revenue $2,064,680
Total Primary Revenue $5,099,882
   Other Revenue $1,216,863
TOTAL REVENUE $6,316,745
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,919,576
   Administrative Expenses $579,075
   Fundraising Expenses $746,089
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,244,740
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,927,995
   
Net Assets $23,343,964

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
Education Programs $3,020,715 43.7%
Exhibits and Public Programs $2,916,855 42.2%
Collections and Research $982,006 14.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 90.58 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 86.86 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 89.52 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 86.64 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 86.76 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.44 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 83.58 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 83.87 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 16-0794131
Name in IRS Master File ROCHESTER MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 September, 1952
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$170,000 2.06% Hillary Olson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 90.58 four stars
Pacific Science Center (WA) 86.69 three stars
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
Science Museum Oklahoma (OK) 95.24 four stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.40 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
tel: (585) 271-4320
EIN: 16-0794131

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Board Leadership

Nicholas Berno
Chair

CEO

Hillary Olson
President, CEO

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