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EcoTarium

science.nature.explore.connect.

three stars

86.29

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

Board Leadership
Paul Belsito
Chair

CEO
Lucy Hale
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.29 three stars
  Financial 84.05 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Financial

three stars

84.05

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
70.7%
  Administrative Expenses 20.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.46
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.1%
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) 86.29 three stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.91 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91 three stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 87.63 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $822,913
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $294,640
   Fundraising Events $165,195
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,282,748
   Program Service Revenue $1,325,425
Total Primary Revenue $2,608,173
   Other Revenue $394,086
TOTAL REVENUE $3,002,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,430,110
   Administrative Expenses $841,184
   Fundraising Expenses $588,481
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,859,775
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,857,516
   
Net Assets $22,112,206

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 $1,695,797 49.4%
Visitor Services Activities $913,163 26.6%
Educational Programs and Community Events $821,150 23.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2020 86.29 three stars
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$51,923 1.06% Lucy Hale President
Other Salaries of Note
$71,001 1.46% Gene Peterson Manager of Finance & HR

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
EcoTarium (MA) 86.29 three stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 91.59 four stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 90.66 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 93.32 four stars
Museum of Us (CA) 90.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Paul Belsito
Chair

CEO

Lucy Hale
President, CEO

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