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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

California Science Center Foundation

Science learning for everyone

three stars

84.76

700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037
tel: (213) 744-7504   Web Site
EIN: 95-2210527

Board Leadership
Gil Garcetti
Chair

CEO
Jeffrey N. Rudolph
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.76 three stars
  Financial 80.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The California Science Center Foundation raises funds to support exhibits and education programs featured at the Science Center and manages exhibitions and programs of scientific, educational and industrial interest. The California Science Center aspires to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives. The Center offers fun and informative permanent exhibits presented in interactive worlds. Through hands-on experiences in our galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more.

The California Science Center Foundation raises funds to support exhibits and education programs featured at the Science Center and manages exhibitions and programs of scientific, educational and industrial interest. The California Science Center aspires to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives. The Center offers fun and informative permanent exhibits presented in interactive worlds. Through hands-on experiences in our galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more.

Financial

three stars

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

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)
85.3%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.53
  Program Expenses Growth -16.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 51.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Science Center Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Science Center Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Science Center Foundation (CA) 84.76 three stars
Discovery Place (NC) 89.17 three stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.03 four stars
Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74 four stars
The Computer History Museum (CA) 90.34 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,499,163
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,330,706
   Fundraising Events $1,553,603
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,348,983
Total Contributions $14,732,455
   Program Service Revenue $12,105,454
Total Primary Revenue $26,837,909
   Other Revenue $5,373,531
TOTAL REVENUE $32,211,440
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,041,373
   Administrative Expenses $1,961,562
   Fundraising Expenses $1,594,099
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,597,034
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,614,406
   
Net Assets $63,870,270

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
Galleries and Exhibits $6,219,504 34.5%
Operations $6,052,222 33.5%
Education Films $2,283,034 12.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 84.76 three stars
2018-06 11/01/2019 83.85 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 83.85 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 90.72 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 89.46 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.22 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.83 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 90.86 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 87.50 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 75.28 two stars
2010-06 10/01/2011 89.36 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 88.22 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 91.94 four stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 97.14 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 96.77 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 75.43 two stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 90.80 four stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 82.44 three stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 77.31 two stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 82.63 three 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 95-2210527
Name in IRS Master File CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology 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 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, 1959
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$41,894 0.19% Jeffrey N. Rudolph President
Other Salaries of Note
$193,834 0.89% Laurie Sowd Chief Operating Officer
$162,559 0.75% Cynthia Pygin Chief Financial Officer
$125,381 0.58% Allyson Goodall Senior VP, Chief Advancement Officer
$109,362 0.50% Kent Jones VP, Retail Operations

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Science Center Foundation (CA) 84.76 three stars
The Computer History Museum (CA) 90.34 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 91.35 four stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 85.18 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

California Science Center Foundation
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
tel: (213) 744-7504
fax: (213) 744-2240
EIN: 95-2210527

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Board Leadership

Gil Garcetti
Chair

CEO

Jeffrey N. Rudolph
President & CEO

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