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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Adler Planetarium

Space is Freaking Awesome

three stars

85.36

1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 922-7827   Web Site
EIN: 36-6210902

Board Leadership
Linda P. Jojo
Chair

CEO
Michelle B. Larson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.36 three stars
  Financial 79.69 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Adler Planetarium - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.

The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe. We value: an engaging, user-friendly museum serving diverse audiences, excitement and curiosity about space science and space exploration, programs based on credible science and educational research, well-managed collections, adherence to results-oriented planning, a professional work environment and highly motivated, diverse staff, and long-term financial stability and the economic viability of our endeavors.

The Adler Planetarium - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.

The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe. We value: an engaging, user-friendly museum serving diverse audiences, excitement and curiosity about space science and space exploration, programs based on credible science and educational research, well-managed collections, adherence to results-oriented planning, a professional work environment and highly motivated, diverse staff, and long-term financial stability and the economic viability of our endeavors.

Financial

two stars

79.69

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 58.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Adler Planetarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Adler Planetarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Adler Planetarium (IL) 85.36 three stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 95.79 four stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 85.18 three stars
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 91.60 four stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 95.73 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,146,863
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $736,278
   Fundraising Events $2,120,916
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,479,703
Total Contributions $10,483,760
   Program Service Revenue $6,379,815
Total Primary Revenue $16,863,575
   Other Revenue $2,319,204
TOTAL REVENUE $19,182,779
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,788,341
   Administrative Expenses $2,105,327
   Fundraising Expenses $1,606,083
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,499,751
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-316,972
   
Net Assets $25,030,875

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
Planetarium Operations $15,788,341 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 85.36 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 83.20 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 84.58 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 79.21 two stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 79.78 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 81.86 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 81.86 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 87.09 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.62 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.37 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.96 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 83.07 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 85.79 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 81.16 three stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 73.50 two stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 77.85 two stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 72.26 two stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 85.50 three stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 92.41 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 83.21 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 36-6210902
Name in IRS Master File ADLER PLANETARIUM
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 September, 1968
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
$455,799 2.33% Michelle B. Larson President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Adler Planetarium (IL) 85.36 three stars
New York Hall of Science (NY) 92.57 four stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.40 four stars
Science Central (IN) 88.55 three stars
Pacific Science Center (WA) 86.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 922-7827
EIN: 36-6210902

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Board Leadership

Linda P. Jojo
Chair

CEO

Michelle B. Larson
President and CEO

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