Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

California Academy of Sciences

Explore, Explain and Sustain life

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 March 2020, 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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$390,180 0.43% Jonathan Foley Executive Director

Mission

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Academy of Sciences (CA) 79.25 two stars
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American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.92 four stars
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.68 four 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