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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

The Field Museum

Providing collection-based research and public education

four stars

91.53

1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 665-7777   Web Site
EIN: 36-2167011

Board Leadership
Wilbur H. Gantz III
Chairman

CEO
Richard Lariviere
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.53 four stars
  Financial 90.28 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose being the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes. As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Since its founding the Field Museum has been an international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography.

The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose being the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes. As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Since its founding the Field Museum has been an international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography.

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Financial

four stars

90.28

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
84.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.68
  Program Expenses Growth 3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Field Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Field Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Field Museum (IL) 91.53 four stars
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (VT) 88.43 three stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 95.77 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.52 four stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 87.76 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $39,370,052
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,417,026
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,875,766
Total Contributions $48,662,844
   Program Service Revenue $32,479,741
Total Primary Revenue $81,142,585
   Other Revenue $42,444,883
TOTAL REVENUE $123,587,468
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $66,464,766
   Administrative Expenses $8,027,747
   Fundraising Expenses $4,534,360
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $79,026,873
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $44,560,595
   
Net Assets $526,392,844

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
Science and Education $29,096,919 43.8%
Public Programs $15,670,162 23.6%
Museum Services $11,697,531 17.6%

Ratings History
The Field Museum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.53 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 90.93 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 85.73 three stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 85.49 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 01/14/2016 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, January 14, 2016

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Field Museum on September 1, 2016 because the initial issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on the Field Museum because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

2013-12 08/01/2015 84.12 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.38 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 86.51 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.73 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.36 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 81.22 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 93.45 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 83.41 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 88.41 three stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 91.42 four stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 89.05 three stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 95.24 four stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 95.23 four stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 95.18 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 36-2167011
Name in IRS Master File FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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 (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 November, 1945
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$597,742 0.75% Richard Lariviere President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Field Museum (IL) 91.53 four stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 95.87 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 87.59 three stars
CuriOdyssey (CA) 86.57 three stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.52 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 665-7777
EIN: 36-2167011

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Board Leadership

Wilbur H. Gantz III
Chairman

CEO

Richard Lariviere
President and CEO

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