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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The vision to end segregation, the guts to fight for it

two stars

75.04

50 East Freedom Way Cincinnati, OH 45202
tel: (513) 333-7500   Web Site
EIN: 31-1436217

Board Leadership
Beverly A. Grant
Chair

CEO
Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr.
President & Chief Operating Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.04 two stars
  Financial 66.46 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Our purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America's battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all its citizens with respect and dignity.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Our purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America's battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all its citizens with respect and dignity.

Financial

one star

66.46

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
63.1%
  Administrative Expenses 19.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.40
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.05
  Program Expenses Growth -3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (OH) 75.04 two stars
Skirball Cultural Center (CA) 90.74 four stars
Japanese American National Museum (CA) 85.84 three stars
American Swedish Institute (MN) 91.78 four stars
Springfield Library and Museums Association (MA) 86.12 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,519,885
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $423,153
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,943,038
   Program Service Revenue $1,181,227
Total Primary Revenue $3,124,265
   Other Revenue $523,863
TOTAL REVENUE $3,648,128
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,227,158
   Administrative Expenses $1,028,307
   Fundraising Expenses $861,837
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,117,302
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,469,174
   
Net Assets $29,168,102

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 Operation $2,033,110 63.0%
Education $1,032,691 32.0%
Community $161,357 5.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 75.04 two stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 78.69 two stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 79.31 two stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 80.86 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 83.55 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.08 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 76.07 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 83.13 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 73.34 two stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 70.66 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 31-1436217
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER INC
NTEE Code A54
NTEE Classification History Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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 December, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Elizabeth Pierce CEO $313,924
Other Salaries of Note
$177,748 3.47% Dion Brown Outgoing President --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (OH) 75.04 two stars
Heard Museum (AZ) 88.07 three stars
Museum of Danish America (IA) 86.64 three stars
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture (NC) 89.25 three stars
Japanese American National Museum (CA) 85.84 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
tel: (513) 333-7500
fax: (877) 648-4838
EIN: 31-1436217

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Board Leadership

Beverly A. Grant
Chair

CEO

Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr.
President & Chief Operating Officer

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