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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Excellence through collection, exhibition, preservation, conservation, and education

three stars

87.85

1001 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
tel: (713) 639-7550   Web Site
EIN: 74-1109655

Board Leadership
Richard D. Kinder
Chairman

CEO
Gary Tinterow
Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.85 three stars
  Financial 93.77 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 84.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

93.77

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

84.00

This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.07
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX) 87.85 three stars
The Barnes Foundation (PA) 89.24 three stars
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN) 91.45 four stars
Storm King Art Center (NY) 86.62 three stars
Chrysler Museum of Art (VA) 92.15 four stars

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 68,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum is developing plans to create a new building for 20th- and 21st-century art and a new facility for the Glassell School of Art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $101,799,127
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,149,105
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,121,939
Total Contributions $107,070,171
   Program Service Revenue $8,237,189
Total Primary Revenue $115,307,360
   Other Revenue $100,315,851
TOTAL REVENUE $215,623,211
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $75,021,251
   Administrative Expenses $14,101,895
   Fundraising Expenses $4,312,146
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $93,435,292
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $122,187,919
   
Net Assets $1,527,214,942

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
Exhibits $63,186,834 84.2%
Education and Public Programs $6,911,113 9.2%
Glassell School of Art $3,901,657 5.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 12/01/2016 87.85 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 86.93 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 84.79 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 77.87 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 82.88 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 85.07 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 79.95 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 79.86 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 88.66 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 82.32 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 94.08 four stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 94.61 four stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 99.39 four stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 89.90 three stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 95.39 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 76.44 two stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 96.87 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 74-1109655
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
NTEE Code A51
NTEE Classification Art Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical 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 July, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$800,402 0.85% Gary Tinterow Director

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 68,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum is developing plans to create a new building for 20th- and 21st-century art and a new facility for the Glassell School of Art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX) 87.85 three stars
The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD) 89.90 three stars
Reynolda House Museum of American Art (NC) 87.99 three stars
Cincinnati Art Museum (OH) 94.18 four stars
New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) 89.61 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
tel: (713) 639-7550
fax: (713) 639-7595
EIN: 74-1109655

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265

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Board Leadership

Richard D. Kinder
Chairman

CEO

Gary Tinterow
Director

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