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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Marine Biological Laboratory

Biological discovery in Woods Hole

three stars

87.85

7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543
tel: (508) 289-7423   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104690

Board Leadership
Robert J. Zimmer
Chair

CEO
Nipam Patel
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.85 three stars
  Financial 91.64 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an international center for research, education, and training in biology. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. The MBL currently supports a year-round staff of more than 250 scientists and support staff working in such fields as cell and developmental biology, ecology, microbiology, molecular evolution, global infectious disease, neurobiology, and sensory physiology. Each summer, an additional 1,400 scientists and advanced students from around the world come to the MBL to study the diverse and abundant marine organisms found in local waters. The laboratory's educational program plays a significant role in training the world's experimental biologists.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an international center for research, education, and training in biology. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. The MBL currently supports a year-round staff of more than 250 scientists and support staff working in such fields as cell and developmental biology, ecology, microbiology, molecular evolution, global infectious disease, neurobiology, and sensory physiology. Each summer, an additional 1,400 scientists and advanced students from around the world come to the MBL to study the diverse and abundant marine organisms found in local waters. The laboratory's educational program plays a significant role in training the world's experimental biologists.

Financial

four stars

91.64

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.89
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Marine Biological Laboratory on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Marine Biological Laboratory on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 87.85 three stars
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 90.00 four stars
The Rodale Institute (PA) 96.81 four stars
American Association for the Advancement of Science (DC) 89.15 three stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 89.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,816,402
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,150
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $13,804,846
   Government Grants $11,942,745
Total Contributions $39,567,143
   Program Service Revenue $7,749,618
Total Primary Revenue $47,316,761
   Other Revenue $4,433,058
TOTAL REVENUE $51,749,819
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $40,868,512
   Administrative Expenses $5,442,812
   Fundraising Expenses $1,985,502
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $48,296,826
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,452,993
   
Net Assets $176,488,634

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
Laboratories $27,388,140 67.0%
Education and Opportunities $11,478,381 28.1%
Visiting Research $2,001,991 4.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 87.85 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.26 three stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 86.19 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 86.63 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.19 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 83.42 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 85.26 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 84.95 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.11 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 91.97 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.08 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 93.84 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 92.47 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 98.61 four stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 97.12 four stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 92.20 four stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 79.50 two stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 79.00 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 82.41 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 89.68 three 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 04-2104690
Name in IRS Master File MARINE BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY
NTEE Code U50
NTEE Classification Biological, Life Science Research
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (46) Private school
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(199) Other scientific research activities
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, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$155,985 0.32% Nipam Patel Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 87.85 three stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 89.52 three stars
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (NY) 96.26 four stars
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY) 96.45 four stars
Mote Marine Laboratory (FL) 92.20 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
tel: (508) 289-7423
fax: (508) 289-7931
EIN: 04-2104690

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Board Leadership

Robert J. Zimmer
Chair

CEO

Nipam Patel
Director

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