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Please Touch Museum

Imagine the fun

88.34

4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131
tel: (215) 581-3181   Web Site
EIN: 23-2109376

Board Leadership
Christine Campbell
Chair

CEO
Patricia Wellenbach
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.34
  Financial 83.52
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1976 Please Touch Museum (PTM) has been the children's museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children's museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission, to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. PTM prides itself on its scope of community programming and ongoing efforts to assess, design and implement programs that meet the evolving needs of children and families. The museum serves children of all socio-economic backgrounds by educating children and those who nurture their development.

Since 1976 Please Touch Museum (PTM) has been the children's museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children's museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission, to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. PTM prides itself on its scope of community programming and ongoing efforts to assess, design and implement programs that meet the evolving needs of children and families. The museum serves children of all socio-economic backgrounds by educating children and those who nurture their development.

Financial

83.52

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.35
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.90
  Program Expenses Growth < 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Please Touch Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Please Touch Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Please Touch Museum (PA) 88.34
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 88.14
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (MA) 85.96
Minnesota Children's Museum (MN) 88.19
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 90.00

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $802,475
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $73,180
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,295,276
Total Contributions $2,170,931
   Program Service Revenue $5,617,977
Total Primary Revenue $7,788,908
   Other Revenue $525,735
TOTAL REVENUE $8,314,643
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,354,100
   Administrative Expenses $1,202,157
   Fundraising Expenses $517,355
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,073,612
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-758,969
   
Net Assets $33,747,430

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
Interactive Exhibits & Educational Programming $7,354,100 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 88.34
2018-09 08/01/2019 85.58
2017-09 08/01/2018 84.26
2016-09 11/01/2017 76.02
2015-09 02/01/2017 64.48
2014-09 06/01/2016 64.72
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 66.41
2013-09 06/01/2015 68.11
2012-09 03/01/2014 66.08
2011-09 12/20/2012 73.34
2010-09 04/01/2012 74.93
2009-09 09/20/2011 83.29
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 05/01/2011 77.43
2008-09 04/01/2010 71.12
2007-09 12/01/2008 74.41
2006-09 12/01/2007 80.15
2005-09 11/01/2006 93.90
2004-09 12/01/2005 76.60
2003-09 01/05/2005 72.36
2002-09 01/01/2004 69.46

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

EIN 23-2109376
Name in IRS Master File PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(318) Other recreational activities
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 November, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$263,173 2.90% Patricia D. Wellenbach President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Please Touch Museum (PA) 88.34
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO) 89.40
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (IL) 88.76
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.62
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 89.64

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Charity Contact Info

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
tel: (215) 581-3181
fax: (215) 581-3183
EIN: 23-2109376

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Board Leadership

Christine Campbell
Chair

CEO

Patricia Wellenbach
President, CEO

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