Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$154,317 2.21% Amy Templeton CEO

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
Science Museum of Virginia Foundation (VA) 89.15 three stars
Science Central (IN) 88.22 three stars
Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74 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