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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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four stars

90.34

2001 Colorado Boulevard Denver, CO 80205
tel: (303) 370-6000   Web Site
EIN: 84-0518447

Board Leadership
Harold Logan Jr.
Chair

CEO
George Sparks
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.34 four stars
  Financial 88.27 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Be a catalyst! Ignite our community's passion for nature and science.

Be a catalyst! Ignite our community's passion for nature and science.

Financial

three stars

88.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
77.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.61
  Program Expenses Growth 10.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Museum of Nature & Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Museum of Nature & Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 90.34 four stars
The Field Museum (IL) 89.85 three stars
Museum of Us (CA) 90.78 four stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 93.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,829,792
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $403,518
   Related Organizations $3,752,737
   Government Grants $19,230,074
Total Contributions $31,216,121
   Program Service Revenue $19,503,169
Total Primary Revenue $50,719,290
   Other Revenue $6,069,363
TOTAL REVENUE $56,788,653
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $45,192,111
   Administrative Expenses $8,404,723
   Fundraising Expenses $3,719,474
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $57,316,308
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-527,655
   
Net Assets $31,262,859

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
Experiences & Partnerships $28,572,538 63.1%
Gift Shop, Food Service, and Plant Operations $10,756,141 23.7%
Science Division $5,971,238 13.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 02/01/2021 90.34 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 89.70 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 83.99 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 84.04 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 83.92 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.91 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/08/2015 87.74 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 93.08 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 94.61 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 90.67 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 90.09 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 89.08 three stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 90.40 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 92.82 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 79.26 two stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 67.49 one star
2004-12 01/01/2006 67.35 one star
2003-12 10/01/2004 90.42 four stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 90.88 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 95.80 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 84-0518447
Name in IRS Master File THE COLORADO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 September, 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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$431,460 0.75% George Sparks President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 90.34 four stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 90.66 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.91 four stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 93.00 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 91.59 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205
tel: (303) 370-6000
EIN: 84-0518447

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Board Leadership

Harold Logan Jr.
Chair

CEO

George Sparks
President & CEO

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