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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Amazement Square

Be Kind. Be Safe. Be Thinking.

three stars

89.81

27 9th Street Lynchburg, VA 24504
tel: (434) 845-1888   Web Site
EIN: 54-1713204

Board Leadership
Jennifer Bryant-Foster
Chair

CEO
Mort Sajadian
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.81 three stars
  Financial 90.71 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Amazement Square cultivates an engaged community of lifelong learners by sparking imagination, creativity, and curiosity. The museum motivates children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hand-on learning.

Amazement Square cultivates an engaged community of lifelong learners by sparking imagination, creativity, and curiosity. The museum motivates children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hand-on learning.

Financial

four stars

90.71

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.35
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amazement Square on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amazement Square on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amazement Square (VA) 89.81 three stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 90.00 four stars
Mississippi Children's Museum (MS) 94.21 four stars
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 92.76 four stars
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (PA) 88.74 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $522,187
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $50,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $572,687
   Program Service Revenue $566,138
Total Primary Revenue $1,138,825
   Other Revenue $109,313
TOTAL REVENUE $1,248,138
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,331,155
   Administrative Expenses $178,935
   Fundraising Expenses $158,485
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,668,575
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-420,437
   
Net Assets $7,391,304

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
Operation of Museum $1,331,155 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 89.81 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 91.10 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.92 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.61 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.21 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 54-1713204
Name in IRS Master File AMAZEMENT SQUARE
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.
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 November, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$162,188 9.72% Mort Sajadian Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amazement Square (VA) 89.81 three stars
Discovery Museum (MA) 89.95 three stars
EdVenture (SC) 86.26 three stars
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (PA) 88.74 three stars
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 89.83 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Amazement Square
27 9th Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
tel: (434) 845-1888
fax: (434) 845-5221
EIN: 54-1713204

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Board Leadership

Jennifer Bryant-Foster
Chair

CEO

Mort Sajadian
President, CEO

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