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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

California Academy of Sciences

Explore, explain and sustain life

89.88

55 Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
tel: (415) 379-8000   Web Site
EIN: 94-1156258

Board Leadership
Jerome C. Vascellaro
Chair

CEO
Jonathan Foley
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.88
  Financial 86.27
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

86.27

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

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)
85.6%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.35
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 37.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Academy of Sciences on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Academy of Sciences on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 89.88
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 89.53
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 93.25
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PA) 90.26
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 89.16

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The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

The new facility is also home to the Academy's staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 28 million specimens and artifacts.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,471,117
   Federated Campaigns $7,465
   Membership Dues $8,418,236
   Fundraising Events $2,005,081
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,591,105
Total Contributions $28,493,004
   Program Service Revenue $22,951,046
Total Primary Revenue $51,444,050
   Other Revenue $44,095,945
TOTAL REVENUE $95,539,995
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $76,493,821
   Administrative Expenses $8,878,708
   Fundraising Expenses $3,920,322
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $89,292,851
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,247,144
   
Net Assets $524,658,856

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
Public Engagement $44,339,466 58.0%
Biodiversity Science $19,393,145 25.4%
Education and Outreach $12,761,210 16.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.88
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.20
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 83.99
2013-06 11/01/2014 96.64
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.04
2011-06 06/01/2012 91.51
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.78
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 98.43
2008-06 12/15/2009 97.75
2007-06 05/01/2009 94.93
2006-06 04/01/2008 88.46
2005-06 07/01/2006 88.39
2004-06 07/01/2005 97.01
2003-06 06/01/2004 98.39
2002-06 04/15/2003 98.29
2001-06 10/15/2002 93.51

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

EIN 94-1156258
Name in IRS Master File CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(149) Other instruction and training
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 April, 1926
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
$147,801 0.16% Jonathan Foley Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$662,260 0.74% Gregory Farrington Former Executive Director

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

The new facility is also home to the Academy's staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 28 million specimens and artifacts.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 89.88
High Desert Museum (OR) 89.08
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 87.01
The Field Museum (IL) 85.49
South Florida Museum (FL) 89.39

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Charity Contact Info

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
tel: (415) 379-8000
EIN: 94-1156258

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Board Leadership

Jerome C. Vascellaro
Chair

CEO

Jonathan Foley
Executive Director

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