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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Amazement Square

Cultivating an engaged community of lifelong learners

four stars

91.10

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

Board Leadership
Hylan Hubbard III
Chair

CEO
Mort Sajadian
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.10 four stars
  Financial 93.90 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

93.90

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
79.4%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.49
  Program Expenses Growth 11.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.0%
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) 91.10 four stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 90.80 four stars
Chicago Children's Museum (IL) 85.01 three stars
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.35 four stars
The Children's Museum of Memphis (TN) 85.09 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $552,422
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $66,941
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $619,363
   Program Service Revenue $518,532
Total Primary Revenue $1,137,895
   Other Revenue $111,496
TOTAL REVENUE $1,249,391
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,568,095
   Administrative Expenses $178,013
   Fundraising Expenses $147,240
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,893,348
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-643,957
   
Net Assets $7,750,980

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 $1,568,095 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$161,591 8.53% Mort Sajadian Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amazement Square (VA) 91.10 four stars
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 87.25 three stars
Kidsquest Children's Museum (WA) 85.50 three stars
Exploration Place (KS) 89.82 three stars
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (MA) 85.96 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

Hylan Hubbard III
Chair

CEO

Mort Sajadian
President, CEO

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