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Bay Area Discovery Museum

Our mission: Transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

three stars

87.85

557 McReynolds Road Sausalito, CA 94965
tel: (415) 339-3900   Web Site
EIN: 68-0033227

Board Leadership
Vijay Mohan
Chair

CEO
Kelly McKinley
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.85 three stars
  Financial 83.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. The BADM operates a physical campus at Fort Baker in Sausalito, California. In 2011, the BADM launched the Center for Childhood Creativity as its research and advisory division. Creativity is the foundation of all other milestones in educational development. The BADM is transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society. At its one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, BADM facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, designed to ignite creativity, STEM skills and critical thinking. BADM has a robust school visits program (over 8,500 school children visit annually), camps & classes and operates a licensed preschool. We welcome approx. 300,000 visitors a year and approx. 56,700 visitors receive discounted or free admission.

The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. The BADM operates a physical campus at Fort Baker in Sausalito, California. In 2011, the BADM launched the Center for Childhood Creativity as its research and advisory division. Creativity is the foundation of all other milestones in educational development. The BADM is transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society. At its one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, BADM facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, designed to ignite creativity, STEM skills and critical thinking. BADM has a robust school visits program (over 8,500 school children visit annually), camps & classes and operates a licensed preschool. We welcome approx. 300,000 visitors a year and approx. 56,700 visitors receive discounted or free admission.

Financial

three stars

83.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
77.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.39
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bay Area Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bay Area Discovery Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bay Area Discovery Museum (CA) 87.85 three stars
Amazement Square (VA) 89.81 three stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 90.00 four stars
Imagine Children's Museum (WA) 100.00 four stars
Please Touch Museum (PA) 88.34 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,732,614
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $542,210
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,274,824
   Program Service Revenue $4,317,127
Total Primary Revenue $12,591,951
   Other Revenue $91,317
TOTAL REVENUE $12,683,268
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,322,056
   Administrative Expenses $1,000,453
   Fundraising Expenses $1,121,233
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,443,742
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,239,526
   
Net Assets $19,828,972

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 $1,896,617 30.0%
Camps $316,103 5.0%
The Discovery School Preschool $316,103 5.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 04/01/2021 87.85 three stars
2018-08 08/01/2019 91.81 four stars
2018-08 07/01/2019 90.43 four stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 91.33 four stars
2016-08 11/01/2017 88.96 three stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 86.56 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 86.45 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 88.94 three stars
2014-08 10/01/2015 86.47 three stars
2013-08 12/22/2014 90.46 four stars
2012-08 11/01/2013 88.68 three stars
2011-08 08/01/2012 76.10 two stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 73.99 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 64.69 one star
2008-06 03/01/2010 57.44 one star
2007-06 09/01/2008 56.87 one star
2006-06 07/01/2007 75.46 two stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 77.38 two stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 73.60 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 90.18 four 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 68-0033227
Name in IRS Master File BAY AREA DISCOVERY 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.
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, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$214,418 2.53% Karyn Flynn CEO, Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bay Area Discovery Museum (CA) 87.85 three stars
Mississippi Children's Museum (MS) 94.21 four stars
The Strong National Museum of Play (NY) 89.63 three stars
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.62 four stars
Children's Museum of Richmond (VA) 87.97 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
tel: (415) 339-3900
fax: (415) 339-3901
EIN: 68-0033227

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Board Leadership

Vijay Mohan
Chair

CEO

Kelly McKinley
Chief Executive Officer

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