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Exploratorium

The museum of science, art, and human perception

four stars

91.11

Piers 15/17 San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 528-4866   Web Site
EIN: 94-1696494

Board Leadership
George W. Cogan
Chairman

CEO
Chris Flink
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.11 four stars
  Financial 88.96 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2016 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

88.96

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 12/01/2016 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)
79.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.34
  Program Expenses Growth 20.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploratorium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploratorium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploratorium (CA) 91.11 four stars
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (TN) 88.12 three stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 90.53 four stars
Historic Deerfield (MA) 88.62 three stars
Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL) 89.39 three stars

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The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $20,545,714
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,412,281
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,818,627
Total Contributions $28,776,622
   Program Service Revenue $24,543,251
Total Primary Revenue $53,319,873
   Other Revenue $5,263,888
TOTAL REVENUE $58,583,761
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $51,281,173
   Administrative Expenses $4,705,422
   Fundraising Expenses $4,325,534
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $60,312,129
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,728,368
   
Net Assets $154,955,153

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 $39,601,829 77.2%
Interactive Exhibits $9,383,139 18.3%
The Exploratorium Store $2,296,205 4.5%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 12/01/2016 91.11 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 89.97 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 90.96 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.43 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 94.74 four stars
2010-06 12/23/2011 90.23 four stars
2009-06 10/01/2011 84.81 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 83.62 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 78.77 two stars
2008-05 12/01/2009 80.76 three stars
2007-05 03/01/2009 77.44 two stars
2006-05 09/01/2007 88.87 three stars
2005-05 03/01/2006 89.07 three stars
2004-05 08/01/2005 77.60 two stars
2003-05 06/01/2004 77.06 two stars
2002-05 08/01/2003 85.40 three stars
2001-05 10/15/2002 82.24 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 94-1696494
Name in IRS Master File THE EXPLORATORIUM
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related 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]
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, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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
$410,478 0.68% Dennis Bartels Executive Director

The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploratorium (CA) 91.11 four stars
Historic Deerfield (MA) 88.62 three stars
Museum of Arts & Design (NY) 87.59 three stars
Museum of New Mexico Foundation (NM) 97.92 four stars
Hagley Museum and Library (DE) 90.53 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Exploratorium
Piers 15/17
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 528-4866
TTY: (415) 528-4400
EIN: 94-1696494

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Board Leadership

George W. Cogan
Chairman

CEO

Chris Flink
Executive Director

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