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

Maryland Historical Society

Exploring the people, places and events that shaped Maryland's past

three stars

86.03

201 West Monument Street Baltimore, MD 21201
tel: (410) 685-3750   Web Site
EIN: 52-0403670

Board Leadership
Louise L. Hayman
Chair

CEO
Mark Letzer
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.03 three stars
  Financial 83.60 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Maryland Historical Society is to educate people of all ages about the rich history of Maryland, using the Society's collections, and to collect and preserve important objects, printed materials and images from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. The Maryland Historical Society will become known as the state's preeminent center for Maryland history by 2026, the 250TH anniversary of American independence, focused on educating the public through its vast and unique museum and library collections. It will do so within the context of changing demographics and social values, using technology to connect the collections with those who may benefit from the lessons and stories they portray.

The mission of the Maryland Historical Society is to educate people of all ages about the rich history of Maryland, using the Society's collections, and to collect and preserve important objects, printed materials and images from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. The Maryland Historical Society will become known as the state's preeminent center for Maryland history by 2026, the 250TH anniversary of American independence, focused on educating the public through its vast and unique museum and library collections. It will do so within the context of changing demographics and social values, using technology to connect the collections with those who may benefit from the lessons and stories they portray.

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Financial

three stars

83.60

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
71.7%
  Administrative Expenses 20.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.31
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maryland Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maryland Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maryland Historical Society (MD) 86.03 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 95.94 four stars
United States Capitol Historical Society (DC) 90.68 four stars
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 90.15 four stars
The Explorers Club (NY) 87.66 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,813,387
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $141,655
   Fundraising Events $15,235
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $198,440
Total Contributions $2,168,717
   Program Service Revenue $130,682
Total Primary Revenue $2,299,399
   Other Revenue $2,932,992
TOTAL REVENUE $5,232,391
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,854,986
   Administrative Expenses $712,433
   Fundraising Expenses $449,308
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,016,727
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,215,664
   
Net Assets $34,828,962

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
Gallery and Museum $1,484,593 52.0%
Education $599,547 21.0%
Library $542,447 19.0%
Special Projects $228,399 8.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.03 three stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 84.20 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 86.88 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2017 86.11 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 52-0403670
Name in IRS Master File MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 July, 1926
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
$125,000 3.11% Mark Letzer President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maryland Historical Society (MD) 86.03 three stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 92.33 four stars
Humanities Texas (TX) 89.24 three stars
The Filson Historical Society (KY) 88.31 three stars
Atlanta History Center (GA) 88.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
tel: (410) 685-3750
EIN: 52-0403670

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Board Leadership

Louise L. Hayman
Chair

CEO

Mark Letzer
President and CEO

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