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San Diego Natural History Museum

Nature is the biggest exhibition of all.

three stars

87.30

1788 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 255-0275   Web Site
EIN: 95-1643375

Board Leadership
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
Chair

CEO
Judy Gradwohl
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.30 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.

The Museum's mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; promote an understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Approximately 450,000 individuals enjoy the Museum and its programs each year, including 160,000 preschoolers through seniors who participate in environmental science education activities.

In addition to award-winning exhibitions about the natural world, the Museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias serves as the region's "biodiversity hub" of specimens, research and data informing natural resource management.

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.

The Museum's mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; promote an understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Approximately 450,000 individuals enjoy the Museum and its programs each year, including 160,000 preschoolers through seniors who participate in environmental science education activities.

In addition to award-winning exhibitions about the natural world, the Museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias serves as the region's "biodiversity hub" of specimens, research and data informing natural resource management.

Financial

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
85.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.85
  Program Expenses Growth -4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Natural History Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Natural History Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 87.30 three stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 93.32 four stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 94.56 four stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 87.63 three stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,938,213
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $108,180
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $748,758
Total Contributions $3,795,151
   Program Service Revenue $5,027,586
Total Primary Revenue $8,822,737
   Other Revenue $1,968,728
TOTAL REVENUE $10,791,465
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,402,489
   Administrative Expenses $610,254
   Fundraising Expenses $889,385
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,902,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-110,663
   
Net Assets $49,218,589

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
Public Programs $5,931,899 63.1%
Science $3,470,590 36.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 87.30 three stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 89.02 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2019 89.02 three stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 88.29 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 90.68 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 96.66 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 96.15 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 81.94 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 86.69 three stars
2011-06 02/01/2013 82.26 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 81.03 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 88.30 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 72.13 two stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 85.41 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2008 72.08 two stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 88.18 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 73.86 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 84.26 three stars
2003-06 02/01/2005 74.56 two 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 95-1643375
Name in IRS Master File SAN DIEGO SOCIETY OF NATURAL HISTORY BALBOA PARK
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 (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(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 January, 1925
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
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$328,740 3.01% Judy Gradwohl President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 87.30 three stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 87.27 three stars
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 92.79 four stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 95.14 four stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 89.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 255-0275
fax: (619) 232-0248
EIN: 95-1643375

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112

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Board Leadership

Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
Chair

CEO

Judy Gradwohl
President and CEO

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