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Connecticut Historical Society

A history and culture museum, library, education, research, and folklife center

three stars

82.39

One Elizabeth Street Hartford, CT 06105
tel: (860) 236-5621   Web Site
EIN: 06-6026012

Board Leadership
Barbara Kiefer
President

CEO
Rob Kret
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.39 three stars
  Financial 76.10 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS.org) is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1825 as the state's official historical society. Located in Hartford, CT, it is home to a museum and library, the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center, and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Its facilities and programs are open to the public and funded by private contributions. Its mission is connecting you and the story of Connecticut. Its vision is a society that values historical perspective and understanding as essential tools in connecting with others, shaping communities, and making informed decisions. To accomplish that, the CHS serves tens of thousands of people annually through adult, youth and family educational programs, tours, exhibitions, and library and research services. The CHS's renowned collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other materials accessible at its campus and on loan at other organizations.

The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS.org) is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1825 as the state's official historical society. Located in Hartford, CT, it is home to a museum and library, the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center, and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Its facilities and programs are open to the public and funded by private contributions. Its mission is connecting you and the story of Connecticut. Its vision is a society that values historical perspective and understanding as essential tools in connecting with others, shaping communities, and making informed decisions. To accomplish that, the CHS serves tens of thousands of people annually through adult, youth and family educational programs, tours, exhibitions, and library and research services. The CHS's renowned collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other materials accessible at its campus and on loan at other organizations.

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Financial

two stars

76.10

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
66.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.81
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Connecticut Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Connecticut Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Connecticut Historical Society (CT) 82.39 three stars
French Heritage Society (NY) 85.50 three stars
California Historical Society (CA) 88.01 three stars
Western Reserve Historical Society (OH) 91.24 four stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,137,320
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $58,507
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $79,040
Total Contributions $1,274,867
   Program Service Revenue $167,808
Total Primary Revenue $1,442,675
   Other Revenue $1,085,078
TOTAL REVENUE $2,527,753
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,001,222
   Administrative Expenses $553,517
   Fundraising Expenses $581,187
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,135,926
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-608,173
   
Net Assets $50,628,953

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
Developing and Promoting the Museum $719,323 35.9%
Exhibitions and Programs $711,217 35.5%
Education $468,180 23.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 82.39 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 85.24 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 82.80 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 85.34 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.59 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 82.04 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 82.02 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 83.37 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 75.92 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 77.12 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.93 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 76.24 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 76.15 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 73.24 two stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 99.10 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 94.56 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 88.12 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 72.37 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 81.19 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 73.81 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 06-6026012
Name in IRS Master File CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
(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, 1934
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
$165,594 5.28% Jody Blankenship-Walden Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Connecticut Historical Society (CT) 82.39 three stars
Maryland Historical Society (MD) 86.03 three stars
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.14 four stars
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 92.13 four stars
California Historical Society (CA) 88.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
tel: (860) 236-5621
fax: (860) 236-2664
EIN: 06-6026012

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Board Leadership

Barbara Kiefer
President

CEO

Rob Kret
Chief Executive Officer

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