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Port Discovery Children's Museum

To connect purposeful play and learning

four stars

90.97

35 Market Place Baltimore, MD 21202
tel: (410) 727-8120   Web Site
EIN: 52-1806933

Board Leadership
Dennis F. Rasmussen
Chair

CEO
Bryn Parchman
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.97 four stars
  Financial 87.24 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Port Discovery's mission is to connect purposeful play and learning. Activities and exhibits are based on the Museum's four learning initiatives: Early Childhood Learning, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and Creative Arts and Culture. Since opening in the historic Fish Market building in Downtown Baltimore in 1998, Port Discovery has served more than 5 million visitors.

Port Discovery's mission is to connect purposeful play and learning. Activities and exhibits are based on the Museum's four learning initiatives: Early Childhood Learning, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and Creative Arts and Culture. Since opening in the historic Fish Market building in Downtown Baltimore in 1998, Port Discovery has served more than 5 million visitors.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Total number of free admissions
44,093
Number of students and early learners benefitting from our programs
146,749
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
73.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.67
  Program Expenses Growth 8.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Port Discovery Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Port Discovery Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 91.82 four stars
Children's Museum of Richmond (VA) 88.98 three stars
Kidspace Children's Museum (CA) 94.98 four stars
Imagine Children's Museum (WA) 98.76 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,932,381
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $29,996
   Fundraising Events $315,554
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,254,672
Total Contributions $5,532,603
   Program Service Revenue $2,427,866
Total Primary Revenue $7,960,469
   Other Revenue $90,861
TOTAL REVENUE $8,051,330
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,726,017
   Administrative Expenses $503,985
   Fundraising Expenses $589,158
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,819,160
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,232,170
   
Net Assets $14,214,454

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 90.97 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 86.15 three stars
2016-06 05/01/2018 78.45 two stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 77.09 two stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 81.00 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 80.20 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 87.16 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 83.53 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 79.60 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.98 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 71.18 two stars
2009-06 11/24/2010 69.86 one star
2008-06 12/15/2009 71.53 two stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 72.24 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 66.62 one star
2005-06 07/01/2006 60.43 one star
2004-06 10/01/2005 57.09 one star
2003-06 01/05/2005 50.57 zero star
2002-06 06/09/2003 69.34 one star
2001-06 10/15/2002 71.92 two 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 52-1806933
Name in IRS Master File BALTIMORE CHILDRENS MUSEUM 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 May, 1993
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$127,200 2.63% Bryn Parchman President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars
Kidspace Children's Museum (CA) 94.98 four stars
Mississippi Children's Museum (MS) 95.35 four stars
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) 98.88 four stars
DISCOVERY Children's Museum (NV) 85.93 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Port Discovery Children's Museum
35 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
tel: (410) 727-8120
fax: (410) 727-3042
EIN: 52-1806933

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Board Leadership

Dennis F. Rasmussen
Chair

CEO

Bryn Parchman
President, CEO

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