Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

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.
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

Charts

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

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY) 89.24 three stars
Louisiana Museum Foundation (LA) 87.48 three stars
Exploratorium (CA) 91.65 four stars
Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL) 88.63 three stars
Museum of the Southwest (TX) 89.14 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