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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Discovery Museum

Science. Nature. Play

four stars

91.07

177 Main Street Acton, MA 01720
tel: (978) 264-4200   Web Site
EIN: 04-2741645

Board Leadership
Harry Hollenberg
Chair

CEO
Neil Gordon
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.07 four stars
  Financial 88.03 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Discovery Museum is to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry, and scientific investigation. We know that to support kids we need to support their parents. Our efforts are geared toward fostering family fun and celebrating the joy of learning together. We focus on the development of skills that will help kids be successful: exploration and experimentation; persistence and resilience; the ability to understand their emotions and the emotions of others around them. They'll need to understand the impact they have on others and find ways to communicate with all types of people. Today's kids need to grow up to be confident risk takers and effective problem solvers.

The mission of the Discovery Museum is to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry, and scientific investigation. We know that to support kids we need to support their parents. Our efforts are geared toward fostering family fun and celebrating the joy of learning together. We focus on the development of skills that will help kids be successful: exploration and experimentation; persistence and resilience; the ability to understand their emotions and the emotions of others around them. They'll need to understand the impact they have on others and find ways to communicate with all types of people. Today's kids need to grow up to be confident risk takers and effective problem solvers.

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Financial

three stars

88.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.39
  Program Expenses Growth 18.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery Museum (MA) 91.07 four stars
Kidsquest Children's Museum (WA) 85.50 three stars
Children's Museum of Richmond (VA) 88.98 three stars
The Strong National Museum of Play (NY) 87.92 three stars
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 87.25 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $655,604
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $497,369
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $34,660
Total Contributions $1,187,633
   Program Service Revenue $1,389,982
Total Primary Revenue $2,577,615
   Other Revenue $122,740
TOTAL REVENUE $2,700,355
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,928,494
   Administrative Expenses $155,142
   Fundraising Expenses $408,630
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,492,266
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $208,089
   
Net Assets $8,778,589

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 Operations $1,928,494 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 91.07 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 87.63 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.43 four stars
2015-12 11/01/2017 88.11 three stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 84.32 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 04-2741645
Name in IRS Master File DISCOVERY MUSEUMS INC
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 June, 1987
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$190,962 7.66% Neil Gordon Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery Museum (MA) 91.07 four stars
Children's Museum of Richmond (VA) 88.98 three stars
Bay Area Discovery Museum (CA) 91.81 four stars
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (IL) 86.98 three stars
Exploration Place (KS) 89.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Discovery Museum
177 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720
tel: (978) 264-4200
EIN: 04-2741645

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Board Leadership

Harry Hollenberg
Chair

CEO

Neil Gordon
Chief Executive Officer

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