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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

EcoTarium

science.nature.explore.connect.

three stars

88.48

222 Harrington Way Worcester, MA 01604
tel: (508) 929-2700   Web Site
EIN: 04-2105868

Board Leadership
Paul Belsito
Chair Of The Board

CEO
Lucy Hale
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.48 three stars
  Financial 87.99 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History, EcoTarium works to contribute to a better world by inspiring a passion for science and nature through discovery. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Each year, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.

Founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History, EcoTarium works to contribute to a better world by inspiring a passion for science and nature through discovery. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Each year, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.

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Financial

three stars

87.99

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
69.7%
  Administrative Expenses 23.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.33
  Program Expenses Growth 5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by EcoTarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by EcoTarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
EcoTarium (MA) 88.48 three stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 96.66 four stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 91.94 four stars
The Field Museum (IL) 89.85 three stars
CuriOdyssey (CA) 85.53 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,097,438
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $337,724
   Fundraising Events $273,474
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,708,636
   Program Service Revenue $1,492,806
Total Primary Revenue $5,201,442
   Other Revenue $1,498,786
TOTAL REVENUE $6,700,228
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,553,089
   Administrative Expenses $1,104,948
   Fundraising Expenses $307,710
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,965,747
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,734,481
   
Net Assets $25,155,402

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 and Grounds $2,161,765 60.8%
Visitor Services Activities $717,264 20.2%
Educational Programs and Community Events $674,060 19.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.48 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 86.38 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 83.80 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.89 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 76.91 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 80.48 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 84.72 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.32 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.86 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 82.70 three stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 78.76 two stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 78.93 two stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 74.92 two stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 83.88 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 73.25 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 70.27 two stars
2002-12 03/01/2004 70.57 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 71.62 two 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 04-2105868
Name in IRS Master File WORCESTER NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(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]
Ruling Date October, 1933
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$150,180 3.02% Joseph Cox President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
EcoTarium (MA) 88.48 three stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
CuriOdyssey (CA) 85.53 three stars
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
tel: (508) 929-2700
fax: (508) 929-2701
TTY: (508) 929-2702
EIN: 04-2105868

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Board Leadership

Paul Belsito
Chair Of The Board

CEO

Lucy Hale
President, CEO

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