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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

High Desert Museum

Wildlife and living history

four stars

96.66

59800 South Highway 97 Bend, OR 97702
tel: (541) 382-4754   Web Site
EIN: 51-0179336

Board Leadership
Ryan Hagemann
Chair

CEO
Dana Whitelaw
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The High Desert Museum's history began when founder Donald M. Kerr raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. Originally founded in 1974 as the Western Natural History Institute, today the Museum remains true to Kerr's guiding principle that education and experience are the basis for thoughtful decisions. Opened in 1982, the Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert's wildlife, culture, art and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region's natural and cultural heritage. Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.

The High Desert Museum's history began when founder Donald M. Kerr raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. Originally founded in 1974 as the Western Natural History Institute, today the Museum remains true to Kerr's guiding principle that education and experience are the basis for thoughtful decisions. Opened in 1982, the Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert's wildlife, culture, art and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region's natural and cultural heritage. Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.38
  Program Expenses Growth 8.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by High Desert Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by High Desert Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
High Desert Museum (OR) 96.66 four stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 89.02 three stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 89.09 three stars
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.56 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 90.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,700,969
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $354,681
   Fundraising Events $252,551
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $78,968
Total Contributions $2,387,169
   Program Service Revenue $2,451,228
Total Primary Revenue $4,838,397
   Other Revenue $210,797
TOTAL REVENUE $5,049,194
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,468,065
   Administrative Expenses $248,705
   Fundraising Expenses $370,968
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,087,738
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-38,544
   
Net Assets $17,962,473

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
Educational Exhibits & Activities $4,468,065 100.0%

Ratings History
High Desert Museum has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 96.66 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 95.77 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 91.36 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.08 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 85.55 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 94.29 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 94.29 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 89.83 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 77.43 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 78.92 two stars
2008-04 05/01/2009 85.88 three stars
2007-04 02/01/2008 74.08 two stars
2006-04 02/01/2007 73.05 two stars
2005-04 02/01/2006 65.14 one star
2004-04 02/01/2005 60.86 one star
2003-04 01/01/2004 62.82 one star
2002-04 04/15/2003 76.25 two stars
2001-04 02/05/2003 55.60 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 51-0179336
Name in IRS Master File THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM
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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(355) Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 February, 1976
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
$97,231 1.91% Dana Whitelaw Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
High Desert Museum (OR) 96.66 four stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 90.09 four stars
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 90.17 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 90.75 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

High Desert Museum
59800 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
tel: (541) 382-4754
fax: (541) 382-5256
EIN: 51-0179336

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Board Leadership

Ryan Hagemann
Chair

CEO

Dana Whitelaw
Executive Director

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