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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Seattle Art Museum

Connecting art to life

three stars

86.07

1300 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 654-3100   Web Site
EIN: 91-0640788

Board Leadership
Stewart Landefeld
Chairman

CEO
Amanda Cruz
Illsley Ball Bordstrom Director & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.07 three stars
  Financial 87.23 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) provides a welcoming place for people to connect with art and to consider its relationship to their lives. SAM is one museum in three locations: Seattle Art Museum downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. The Museum collects and exhibits objects from across time and across cultures, exploring the dynamic connections between past and present. The collections of the Seattle Art Museum number approximately 23,000 objects. In May 2007, the Museum celebrated the grand reopening of SAM Downtown, allowing the Museum to accommodate its growing collections, exhibition programs and audiences with 300,000 square feet of new gallery and public space adjacent to the museum's existing 150,000 square feet.

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) provides a welcoming place for people to connect with art and to consider its relationship to their lives. SAM is one museum in three locations: Seattle Art Museum downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. The Museum collects and exhibits objects from across time and across cultures, exploring the dynamic connections between past and present. The collections of the Seattle Art Museum number approximately 23,000 objects. In May 2007, the Museum celebrated the grand reopening of SAM Downtown, allowing the Museum to accommodate its growing collections, exhibition programs and audiences with 300,000 square feet of new gallery and public space adjacent to the museum's existing 150,000 square feet.

Financial

three stars

87.23

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
70.3%
  Administrative Expenses 22.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.81
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Art Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Art Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Art Museum (WA) 86.07 three stars
The Columbus Museum (GA) 88.63 three stars
Yellowstone Art Museum (MT) 85.10 three stars
The Barnes Foundation (PA) 90.86 four stars
San Antonio Museum of Art (TX) 86.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,337,990
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,916,414
   Fundraising Events $376,404
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,164,698
Total Contributions $20,795,506
   Program Service Revenue $4,370,653
Total Primary Revenue $25,166,159
   Other Revenue $8,132,776
TOTAL REVENUE $33,298,935
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $27,773,354
   Administrative Expenses $3,561,927
   Fundraising Expenses $2,688,310
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $34,023,591
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-724,656
   
Net Assets $330,122,673

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
Museum Services $27,773,354 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 86.07 three stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 88.52 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 87.24 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 87.90 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 86.05 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 88.35 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 93.76 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 74.54 two stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 82.59 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 72.52 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 87.85 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 78.81 two stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 85.11 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 75.62 two stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 73.33 two stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 84.75 three stars
2003-06 01/05/2005 89.62 three stars
2002-06 12/01/2003 85.53 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 96.39 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 91-0640788
Name in IRS Master File SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
NTEE Code A51
NTEE Classification Art Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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, 1934
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$521,473 1.53% Kimerly Rorschach Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Art Museum (WA) 86.07 three stars
Nevada Museum of Art (NV) 87.43 three stars
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN) 90.17 four stars
New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) 87.21 three stars
Brooklyn Museum (NY) 90.45 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 654-3100
fax: (206) 654-3135
TTY: (206) 654-3137
EIN: 91-0640788

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Board Leadership

Stewart Landefeld
Chairman

CEO

Amanda Cruz
Illsley Ball Bordstrom Director & CEO

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