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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

four stars

90.15

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

Board Leadership
James Rossman
Chairman

CEO
Deborah Schwartz
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.15 four stars
  Financial 86.07 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

86.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.97
  Program Expenses Growth 18.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
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) 90.15 four stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 91.19 four stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.37 three stars
Senator John Heinz History Center- Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (PA) 91.04 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,230,850
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $94,511
   Fundraising Events $897,632
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,640,276
Total Contributions $4,863,269
   Program Service Revenue $405,578
Total Primary Revenue $5,268,847
   Other Revenue $516,571
TOTAL REVENUE $5,785,418
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,444,481
   Administrative Expenses $561,618
   Fundraising Expenses $658,819
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,664,918
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-879,500
   
Net Assets $17,545,834

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 $3,330,698 61.2%
Archives and Special Collections Library $925,936 17.0%
Education Program $698,018 12.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$171,008 2.56% Deborah Schwartz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 90.15 four stars
Georgia Historical Society (GA) 95.11 four stars
Maryland Historical Society (MD) 86.03 three stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 90.85 four stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.37 three 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

Deborah Schwartz
President

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