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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation.

four stars

91.33

320 North Broadway Escondido, CA 92025
tel: (760) 233-7755   Web Site
EIN: 33-0912735

Board Leadership
Kim Dunham-Bergsma
Board Chair

CEO
Wendy Taylor
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.33 four stars
  Financial 88.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 2000 San Diego Children's Discovery Museum has been "inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation." Today we remain the only hands-on educational children's museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art. Our central location in Escondido allows us to serve children and families across San Diego County, as well as West Imperial County, and South Riverside and Orange Counties.

Since 2000 San Diego Children's Discovery Museum has been "inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation." Today we remain the only hands-on educational children's museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art. Our central location in Escondido allows us to serve children and families across San Diego County, as well as West Imperial County, and South Riverside and Orange Counties.

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Financial

three stars

88.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.36
  Program Expenses Growth 24.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Children's Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Children's Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 91.33 four stars
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (IL) 86.98 three stars
Imagine Children's Museum (WA) 98.76 four stars
EdVenture (SC) 85.23 three stars
The Children's Museum of Cleveland (OH) 86.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,128,945
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $163,227
   Fundraising Events $131,067
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $47,500
Total Contributions $1,470,739
   Program Service Revenue $521,876
Total Primary Revenue $1,992,615
   Other Revenue $27,407
TOTAL REVENUE $2,020,022
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,377,673
   Administrative Expenses $166,658
   Fundraising Expenses $224,565
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,768,896
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $251,126
   
Net Assets $2,128,051

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
Interactive Learning Experiences and Guided Play $1,377,673 100.0%

Ratings History
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 11/01/2019 91.33 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 91.02 four stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 87.12 three stars
2015-06 04/01/2017 82.08 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 33-0912735
Name in IRS Master File SAN DIEGO CHILDRENS DISCOVERY MUSEUM
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 January, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$55,112 3.11% Wendy Taylor Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$126,856 7.17% Javier Guerrero Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 91.33 four stars
DISCOVERY Children's Museum (NV) 85.93 three stars
Discovery Museum (MA) 91.07 four stars
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (FL) 88.81 three stars
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (MA) 85.96 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
tel: (760) 233-7755
EIN: 33-0912735

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Board Leadership

Kim Dunham-Bergsma
Board Chair

CEO

Wendy Taylor
Executive Director

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