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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Smithsonian Institution

Seriously Amazing

four stars

90.14

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

Board Leadership
Robert D. MacDonald
Chair

CEO
David J. Skorton
Secretary

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.14 four stars
  Financial 86.39 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2017 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

three stars

86.39

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2017 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 18.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.65
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.4%
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) 90.14 four stars
Buffalo Bill Historical Center (WY) 95.46 four stars
Museum of New Mexico Foundation (NM) 97.92 four stars
Cape Ann Museum (MA) 89.96 three stars
Flint Cultural Center Corporation (MI) 89.18 three stars

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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 $185,364,199
   Federated Campaigns $52,073
   Membership Dues $14,520,470
   Fundraising Events $2,444,405
   Related Organizations $493,663
   Government Grants $895,035,398
Total Contributions $1,097,910,208
   Program Service Revenue $107,979,707
Total Primary Revenue $1,205,889,915
   Other Revenue $148,847,913
TOTAL REVENUE $1,354,737,828
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $944,768,080
   Administrative Expenses $227,447,784
   Fundraising Expenses $48,308,199
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,220,524,063
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $134,213,765
   
Net Assets $3,638,578,392

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 $445,436,377 46.9%
Education, Public Programs, and Exhibitions $426,081,698 44.9%
Membership $77,203,014 8.1%

Ratings History
Smithsonian Institution has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-09 03/01/2017 90.14 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.96 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 90.17 four stars
2013-09 07/01/2015 89.03 three stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 88.56 three stars
2012-09 12/20/2013 93.99 four stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 95.64 four stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 96.37 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 91.45 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 88.30 three stars
2008-09 12/01/2009 84.92 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 83.87 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2008 85.23 three stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 89.96 three stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 87.34 three stars
2003-09 02/01/2005 83.34 three stars
2002-09 01/01/2004 87.71 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 92.23 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 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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 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
Not compensated -- David Skorton Secretary
Other Salaries of Note
$647,586 0.05% Wayne Clough Secretary
$373,013 0.03% Albert Horvath Interim 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) 90.14 four stars
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (CA) 92.02 four stars
Cape Ann Museum (MA) 89.96 three stars
Historic Deerfield (MA) 88.62 three stars
Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL) 89.39 three stars

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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
EIN: 53-0206027

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 712
Washington, DC 20013

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Board Leadership

Robert D. MacDonald
Chair

CEO

David J. Skorton
Secretary

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