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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Smithsonian Institution

Seriously Amazing

91.96

Office of Advancement 1000 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
tel: (202) 633-4300   Web Site
EIN: 53-0206027

Board Leadership
John W. McCarter, Jr.
Chair

CEO
David J. Skorton
Secretary

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.96
  Financial 89.04
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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

Financial

89.04

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 18.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.71
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Smithsonian Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Smithsonian Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Smithsonian Institution (DC) 91.96
Historic Deerfield (MA) 88.62
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 90.53
Palm Springs Art Museum (CA) 86.08
Flint Cultural Center Corporation (MI) 89.18

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Our Mission is the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

Our Vision is to shape the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $178,271,922
   Federated Campaigns $57,242
   Membership Dues $12,910,983
   Fundraising Events $2,170,323
   Related Organizations $18,861
   Government Grants $996,826,671
Total Contributions $1,190,256,002
   Program Service Revenue $100,635,585
Total Primary Revenue $1,290,891,587
   Other Revenue $161,518,878
TOTAL REVENUE $1,452,410,465
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $910,637,084
   Administrative Expenses $217,042,469
   Fundraising Expenses $45,401,769
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,173,081,322
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $279,329,143
   
Net Assets $3,588,103,640

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
Research and Collections $411,866,682 45.0%
Education, Public Programs, and Exhibitions $424,205,656 46.3%
Membership $80,110,623 8.7%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.96
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 90.17
2013-09 07/01/2015 89.03
2013-09 05/01/2015 88.56
2012-09 12/20/2013 93.99
2011-09 11/06/2012 95.64
2010-09 02/01/2012 96.37
2009-09 09/20/2011 91.45
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 88.30
2008-09 12/01/2009 84.92
2007-09 05/01/2009 83.87
2006-09 07/01/2008 85.23
2005-09 12/01/2006 89.96
2004-09 01/01/2006 87.34
2003-09 02/01/2005 83.34
2002-09 01/01/2004 87.71
2001-09 10/15/2002 92.23

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

EIN 53-0206027
Name in IRS Master File SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(119) Other cultural or historical 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 January, 1924
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 2011
  • September, 2010

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$531,231 0.04% Wayne Clough Secretary

Our Mission is the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

Our Vision is to shape the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Smithsonian Institution (DC) 91.96
Historic Deerfield (MA) 88.62
Exploratorium (CA) 91.11
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (CA) 92.02
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 91.17

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Charity Contact Info

Smithsonian Institution
Office of Advancement
1000 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
tel: (202) 633-4300
fax: (202) 786-2516
TTY: (202) 633-5285
EIN: 53-0206027

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 035
Washington, DC 20013

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Board Leadership

John W. McCarter, Jr.
Chair

CEO

David J. Skorton
Secretary

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