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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

EcoTarium

science.nature.explore.connect.

78.61

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

Board Leadership
Sherri G. Pitcher
Chair

CEO
Kerry Castorano
Acting President & CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.61
  Financial 84.56
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

84.56

Accountability & Transparency

74.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
71.4%
  Administrative Expenses 19.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.71
  Program Expenses Growth 2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.7%
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

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,807,474
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $172,999
   Fundraising Events $102,364
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,082,837
   Program Service Revenue $1,411,031
Total Primary Revenue $3,493,868
   Other Revenue $711,674
TOTAL REVENUE $4,205,542
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,551,168
   Administrative Expenses $922,165
   Fundraising Expenses $451,299
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,924,632
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-719,090
   
Net Assets $23,178,913

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 78.61
2018-12 10/01/2020 86.29
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.48
2016-12 06/01/2018 86.38
2015-12 06/01/2017 83.80
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.89
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 76.91
2012-12 04/01/2014 80.48
2011-12 04/01/2013 84.72
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.32
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.86
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 82.70
2008-12 06/01/2010 78.76
2007-12 04/01/2009 78.93
2006-12 06/01/2008 74.92
2005-12 04/01/2007 83.88
2004-12 04/01/2006 73.25
2003-12 04/01/2005 70.27
2002-12 03/01/2004 70.57
2001-12 10/15/2002 71.62

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
$145,631 2.95% Lucy Hale President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
EcoTarium (MA) 78.61
Houston Museum of Natural Science (TX) 88.76
The Field Museum (IL) 89.24
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 91.26
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91

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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

Sherri G. Pitcher
Chair

CEO

Kerry Castorano
Acting President & CEO

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