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Smithsonian Institution

Seriously Amazing

four stars

92.06

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

Board Leadership
Dennis Keller
Chair

CEO
Lonnie G. Bunch
Secretary

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.06 four stars
  Financial 89.19 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

three stars

89.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.3%
  Administrative Expenses 19.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.66
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Smithsonian Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
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) 92.06 four stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 94.36 four stars
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 86.59 three stars
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY) 91.69 four stars
Cape Ann Museum (MA) 90.43 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $159,781,320
   Federated Campaigns $42,060
   Membership Dues $22,156,533
   Fundraising Events $5,297,666
   Related Organizations $460,292
   Government Grants $1,004,370,793
Total Contributions $1,192,108,664
   Program Service Revenue $108,484,309
Total Primary Revenue $1,300,592,973
   Other Revenue $165,460,253
TOTAL REVENUE $1,466,053,226
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $1,070,006,945
   Administrative Expenses $270,154,965
   Fundraising Expenses $50,655,487
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,390,817,397
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $75,235,829
   
Net Assets $4,161,042,055

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 $526,126,976 48.7%
Education, Public Programs, and Exhibitions $478,000,259 44.3%
Membership $75,335,149 7.0%

Ratings History
Smithsonian Institution has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 11/01/2019 92.06 four stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 91.72 four stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 90.86 four stars
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

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 INSTITUTE
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$844,804 0.06% David Skorton Secretary

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Smithsonian Institution (DC) 92.06 four stars
Flint Cultural Center Corporation (MI) 89.94 three stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 94.36 four stars
Exploratorium (CA) 91.65 four stars
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY) 91.69 four 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

Dennis Keller
Chair

CEO

Lonnie G. Bunch
Secretary

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