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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

The Field Museum

Providing collection-based research and public education

89.24

1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 922-9410   Web Site
EIN: 36-2167011

Board Leadership
W. Rockwell Wirtz
Chair

CEO
Julian Siggers
President and CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.24
  Financial 85.33
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

85.33

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.90
  Program Expenses Growth -0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.2%
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) 89.24
South Florida Museum (FL) 87.63
Museum of Us (CA) 90.78
High Desert Museum (OR) 91.21
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 89.77

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $30,031,296
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,310,090
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,009,946
Total Contributions $39,351,332
   Program Service Revenue $27,845,067
Total Primary Revenue $67,196,399
   Other Revenue $22,781,131
TOTAL REVENUE $89,977,530
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $67,719,216
   Administrative Expenses $7,950,113
   Fundraising Expenses $4,327,595
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $79,996,924
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,980,606
   
Net Assets $564,255,317

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 $30,712,071 45.4%
Public Programs $15,268,800 22.5%
Museum Services $12,877,073 19.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 89.24
2018-12 05/01/2020 89.85
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.53
2016-12 06/01/2018 90.93
2015-12 06/01/2017 85.73
2014-12 09/01/2016 85.49
 
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
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.38
2011-12 04/01/2013 86.51
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.73
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.36
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 81.22
2008-12 05/01/2010 93.45
2007-12 07/01/2009 83.41
2006-12 03/01/2008 88.41
2004-12 01/01/2006 91.42
2003-12 01/05/2005 89.05
2002-12 12/01/2003 95.24
2001-12 02/05/2003 95.23

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$708,421 0.88% Richard Lariviere President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Field Museum (IL) 89.24
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 92.15
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 91.89
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 87.62

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Charity Contact Info

The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
tel: (312) 922-9410
EIN: 36-2167011

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Board Leadership

W. Rockwell Wirtz
Chair

CEO

Julian Siggers
President and CEO

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