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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Fostering an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain

two stars

78.37

351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT 06105
tel: (860) 247-0998   Web Site
EIN: 06-0685118

Board Leadership
Paul Eddy
President

CEO
Pieter Roos
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.37 two stars
  Financial 71.47 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation's defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a wide range of educational programs including lectures by major authors and artists, symposia, dramatic performances, concerts and family friendly activities. Open year round for guided tours, The Mark Twain House attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year and is one of the premier tourist attractions in Connecticut. The Mark Twain House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.

The mission of the Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation's defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a wide range of educational programs including lectures by major authors and artists, symposia, dramatic performances, concerts and family friendly activities. Open year round for guided tours, The Mark Twain House attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year and is one of the premier tourist attractions in Connecticut. The Mark Twain House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.

Financial

two stars

71.47

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.19
  Program Expenses Growth -0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Mark Twain House & Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Mark Twain House & Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Mark Twain House & Museum (CT) 78.37 two stars
American Battlefield Trust (DC) 95.40 four stars
Preservation Trust of Vermont (VT) 86.44 three stars
Blithewold (RI) 85.07 three stars
American Society for Yad Vashem (NY) 97.11 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,875,687
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $35,584
   Fundraising Events $104,710
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $21,528
Total Contributions $2,037,509
   Program Service Revenue $1,045,951
Total Primary Revenue $3,083,460
   Other Revenue $320,374
TOTAL REVENUE $3,403,834
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,334,082
   Administrative Expenses $371,790
   Fundraising Expenses $374,950
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,080,822
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $323,012
   
Net Assets $11,634,108

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 $1,485,790 63.7%
Education Program $848,292 36.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-01 02/01/2021 78.37 two stars
2019-01 03/01/2020 80.95 three stars
2018-01 03/01/2019 81.04 three stars
2017-01 03/01/2018 82.87 three stars
2016-01 08/01/2017 77.28 two stars
2015-01 06/01/2016 77.04 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-01 02/01/2016 75.53 two stars
2014-01 08/01/2015 70.97 two stars
2013-01 07/01/2014 83.16 three stars
2011-01 03/01/2013 74.27 two stars
2011-01 03/01/2013 74.27 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-01 08/17/2011 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for The Mark Twain House & Museum on March 1, 2013 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since August 17, 2011) and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • The organization's FY 2011 Form 990 acknowledges the theft as well as steps the organization has taken to prevent this from happening again in the future. 

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity: 

  • It was reported on August 5, 2011 that a former employee of The Mark Twain House & Museum plead guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the charity. It is further noted that the employee worked for the charity for more than 20 years and was fired in 2010 when the charity discovered that she had been diverting funds for more than a decade. For more information please see The Wall Street Journal and the Hartford Courant.

2010-01 04/01/2011 79.09 two stars
2009-01 05/01/2010 78.62 two stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 79.97 two stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 79.81 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 85.42 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 87.70 three stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 81.76 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 64.17 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 06-0685118
Name in IRS Master File THE MARK TWAIN MEMORIAL
NTEE Code A54
NTEE Classification History Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Literary Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
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 April, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End January
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • January, 2019
  • January, 2018
  • January, 2017
  • January, 2016
  • January, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$147,000 4.77% Pieter Roos Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Mark Twain House & Museum (CT) 78.37 two stars
The Mount (MA) 89.33 three stars
Thomas Jefferson Foundation (VA) 88.53 three stars
New York Landmarks Conservancy (NY) 86.57 three stars
Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (MA) 86.04 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
tel: (860) 247-0998
EIN: 06-0685118

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Board Leadership

Paul Eddy
President

CEO

Pieter Roos
Executive Director

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