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Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The voice of the American West

three stars

89.24

720 Sheridan Avenue Cody, WY 82414
tel: (307) 587-4771   Web Site
EIN: 83-0180403

Board Leadership
William N. Shiebler
Chairman

CEO
Peter S. Seibert
Executive Director & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.24 three stars
  Financial 86.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1917 as the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) is a museum that educates the public by advancing knowledge about the American West through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting collections. Founded to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody, the BBHC is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West; over the years it has become much more than a monument to the life and times of Buffalo Bill. The BBHC is comprised of five museums and a research library: the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Harold McCracken Research Library.

Founded in 1917 as the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) is a museum that educates the public by advancing knowledge about the American West through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting collections. Founded to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody, the BBHC is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West; over the years it has become much more than a monument to the life and times of Buffalo Bill. The BBHC is comprised of five museums and a research library: the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Harold McCracken Research Library.

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Financial

three stars

86.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.87
  Program Expenses Growth -0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Bill Center of the West on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Bill Center of the West on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY) 89.24 three stars
Museum of New Mexico Foundation (NM) 97.87 four stars
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (TN) 91.82 four stars
National Liberty Museum (PA) 87.22 three stars
Flint Cultural Center Corporation (MI) 89.94 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,674,704
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $308,693
   Fundraising Events $222,138
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $646,023
Total Contributions $6,851,558
   Program Service Revenue $3,028,737
Total Primary Revenue $9,880,295
   Other Revenue $4,356,322
TOTAL REVENUE $14,236,617
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,714,663
   Administrative Expenses $2,439,870
   Fundraising Expenses $1,161,635
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,316,168
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $920,449
   
Net Assets $190,022,432

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
Curatorial, Collections, & Conservation $8,456,565 87.0%
Education and School Programming $700,355 7.2%
Research and Scholarship $557,743 5.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 89.24 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 91.69 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 95.51 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 96.25 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 95.38 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.33 four stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 91.40 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 82.17 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 79.88 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.02 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 72.78 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 84.81 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 88.87 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 88.39 three stars
2005-12 03/01/2008 92.10 four stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 85.86 three stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 88.41 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 96.13 four stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 88.50 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 83-0180403
Name in IRS Master File BUFFALO BILL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A54
NTEE Classification History 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.
(119) Other cultural or historical activities
(399) Other housing 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 May, 1939
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$9,681 0.07% Peter Seibert Executive Director & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$424,206 3.18% Bruce B. Eldredge Former Executive Director, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY) 89.24 three stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 91.96 four stars
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 86.59 three stars
Historic Deerfield (MA) 95.25 four stars
National Liberty Museum (PA) 87.22 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
tel: (307) 587-4771
EIN: 83-0180403

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Board Leadership

William N. Shiebler
Chairman

CEO

Peter S. Seibert
Executive Director & CEO

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