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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

California Academy of Sciences

Explore, Explain and Sustain life

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two stars

79.25

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

Board Leadership
Elizabeth R. Patterson
Chair

CEO
Scott Sampson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.25 two stars
  Financial 71.77 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

As the world's greenest museum, the California Academy of Sciences' commitment to sustainability is reflected in everything from the building's innovative architecture to its daily operations, public programs, and exhibits. The Academy is home to more than 38,000 live animals in Steinhart Aquarium, one of the world's largest all-digital planetariums, immersive exhibits, and one of the most important research collections in the world, including nearly 46 million scientific specimens.

As the world's greenest museum, the California Academy of Sciences' commitment to sustainability is reflected in everything from the building's innovative architecture to its daily operations, public programs, and exhibits. The Academy is home to more than 38,000 live animals in Steinhart Aquarium, one of the world's largest all-digital planetariums, immersive exhibits, and one of the most important research collections in the world, including nearly 46 million scientific specimens.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of youth served on Academy for All field trips.
143,471
Number of new specimens added to Academy collections.
311,908
Number of youth served in Science Action Clubs across 26 states since 2011.
53,000
Number of views reached for Science and Environmental resources to date.
9,700,000
Number of iNaturalist.org observations reached to date.
19,441,600
Number collective engagements across more than 200 bioGraphic stories.
30,000,000
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

two stars

71.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
64.1%
  Administrative Expenses 31.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.93
  Program Expenses Growth -2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 36.3%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 79.25 two stars
Fleet Science Center (CA) 88.97 three stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.52 four stars
CuriOdyssey (CA) 85.53 three stars
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 88.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $28,879,229
   Federated Campaigns $2,020
   Membership Dues $7,694,402
   Fundraising Events $1,986,410
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,971,101
Total Contributions $46,533,162
   Program Service Revenue $25,731,427
Total Primary Revenue $72,264,589
   Other Revenue $13,527,088
TOTAL REVENUE $85,791,677
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,778,512
   Administrative Expenses $22,264,417
   Fundraising Expenses $3,679,964
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $89,722,893
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,931,216
   
Net Assets $522,095,588

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
Exhibits and Public Engagement $26,850,634 42.1%
Biodiversity Science and Sustainability $15,620,641 24.5%
Aquarium $12,593,561 19.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 79.25 two stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 82.64 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 83.55 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.88 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 83.99 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 96.64 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.04 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 91.51 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.78 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 98.43 four stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 97.75 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 94.93 four stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 88.46 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 88.39 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 97.01 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 98.39 four stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 98.29 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 93.51 four 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 94-1156258
Name in IRS Master File CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$390,180 0.43% Jonathan Foley Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 79.25 two stars
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The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.56 four stars
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 89.88 three stars
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 88.67 three stars

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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

Elizabeth R. Patterson
Chair

CEO

Scott Sampson
Executive Director

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