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McWane Science Center

Changing lives through science and wonder

three stars

88.11

200 Nineteenth Street, N Birmingham, AL 35203
tel: (205) 714-8318   Web Site
EIN: 58-1933712

Board Leadership
J. Bowen Thagard, Jr.
Chairman

CEO
Amy Templeton
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.11 three stars
  Financial 87.29 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

McWane Science Center's mission is to “change lives through science and wonder.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers - from ages one to 100 - flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South's most unique venues.

McWane Science Center's mission is to “change lives through science and wonder.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers - from ages one to 100 - flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South's most unique venues.

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Financial

three stars

87.29

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by McWane Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by McWane Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Discovery Place (NC) 90.80 four stars
Science Central (IN) 88.22 three stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 87.99 three stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 86.86 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,849,061
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $904,944
   Fundraising Events $257,996
   Related Organizations $242,425
   Government Grants $230,104
Total Contributions $3,484,530
   Program Service Revenue $2,534,023
Total Primary Revenue $6,018,553
   Other Revenue $498,024
TOTAL REVENUE $6,516,577
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,943,333
   Administrative Expenses $852,903
   Fundraising Expenses $171,971
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,968,207
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-451,630
   
Net Assets $10,475,878

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
Exhibits $2,728,733 45.9%
Camps, Classes, and Overnight Camp-in $2,415,978 40.7%
IMAX Dome Theater $798,622 13.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 88.11 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 87.33 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 86.84 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 86.84 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.49 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.21 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 82.54 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 82.47 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 87.43 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.02 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 73.85 two stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 65.42 one star
2007-09 06/01/2008 63.78 one star
2006-09 06/01/2007 77.88 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 64.03 one star
2004-09 01/01/2006 56.37 one star
2003-09 08/01/2004 75.87 two stars
2002-09 04/15/2003 73.26 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 58-1933712
Name in IRS Master File MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's 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.
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 February, 1992
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$154,317 2.21% Amy Templeton CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 86.93 three stars
Pacific Science Center (WA) 85.86 three stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 85.84 three stars
Discovery Place (NC) 90.80 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

McWane Science Center
200 Nineteenth Street, N
Birmingham, AL 35203
tel: (205) 714-8318
fax: (205) 714-8400
EIN: 58-1933712

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Board Leadership

J. Bowen Thagard, Jr.
Chairman

CEO

Amy Templeton
President & CEO

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