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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Brooklyn Historical Society

Making the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful

three stars

89.85

128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (718) 222-4111   Web Site
EIN: 11-1630813

Board Leadership
James Rossman
Chairman

CEO
Heather Malin
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.85 three stars
  Financial 85.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. BHS's Othmer Library and Archives houses the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn's history and culture in the world. Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. BHS's Othmer Library and Archives houses the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn's history and culture in the world. Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Financial

three stars

85.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
78.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.57
  Program Expenses Growth 7.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Brooklyn Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Brooklyn Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 89.85 three stars
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VA) 85.92 three stars
The South Carolina Historical Society (SC) 88.26 three stars
Georgia Historical Society (GA) 96.82 four stars
Western Reserve Historical Society (OH) 91.24 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,011,764
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $81,408
   Fundraising Events $705,386
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,143,705
Total Contributions $3,942,263
   Program Service Revenue $284,960
Total Primary Revenue $4,227,223
   Other Revenue $618,822
TOTAL REVENUE $4,846,045
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,463,352
   Administrative Expenses $585,649
   Fundraising Expenses $890,198
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,939,199
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,093,154
   
Net Assets $16,499,957

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
Museum's Long-Term and Rotating Exhibitions $1,801,138 40.4%
Archives and Special Collections Library $1,123,662 25.2%
Education Program $837,314 18.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 89.85 three stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 90.15 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 88.97 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 85.87 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 85.44 three stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 83.17 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 11-1630813
Name in IRS Master File THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
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 December, 1934
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,870 2.99% Deborah Schwartz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 89.85 three stars
Dayton History (OH) 91.76 four stars
Maryland Center for History and Culture (MD) 87.74 three stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 89.33 three stars
Georgia Historical Society (GA) 96.82 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (718) 222-4111
fax: (718) 222-3794
EIN: 11-1630813

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Board Leadership

James Rossman
Chairman

CEO

Heather Malin
Director

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