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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Inspiring the next generation of explorers

two stars

79.78

1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 322-0332   Web Site
EIN: 36-6210902

Board Leadership
Scott C. Swanson
Chair

CEO
Michelle B. Larson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.78 two stars
  Financial 74.05 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

two stars

74.05

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
80.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth 1.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 56.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (IL) 79.78 two stars
Arizona Science Center (AZ) 86.01 three stars
Discovery Place (NC) 94.07 four stars
Living Arts & Science Center (KY) 87.22 three stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 95.89 four stars

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The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection Definiti Space Theater, the Sky Theater which utilizes a Zeiss optical projector, and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,066,821
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $703,286
   Fundraising Events $1,783,381
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,198,167
Total Contributions $9,751,655
   Program Service Revenue $5,977,654
Total Primary Revenue $15,729,309
   Other Revenue $2,033,750
TOTAL REVENUE $17,763,059
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,548,693
   Administrative Expenses $1,917,547
   Fundraising Expenses $1,958,435
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,424,675
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,661,616
   
Net Assets $26,663,009

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
Running the Planetarium $15,548,693 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$385,838 1.98% Michelle B. Larson President, CEO

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection Definiti Space Theater, the Sky Theater which utilizes a Zeiss optical projector, and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (IL) 79.78 two stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.15 four stars
Arizona Science Center (AZ) 86.01 three stars
Science Central (IN) 93.22 four stars
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (TX) 91.49 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 322-0332
EIN: 36-6210902

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Board Leadership

Scott C. Swanson
Chair

CEO

Michelle B. Larson
President and CEO

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