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California Science Center Foundation

Science learning for everyone

three stars

83.85

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 83.85 three stars
  Financial 80.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.73
  Program Expenses Growth -14.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 52.1%
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) 83.85 three stars
Mid-America Science Museum (AR) 93.07 four stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 95.79 four stars
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,142,309
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,411,384
   Fundraising Events $1,319,850
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,256,832
Total Contributions $13,130,375
   Program Service Revenue $9,623,323
Total Primary Revenue $22,753,698
   Other Revenue $3,538,069
TOTAL REVENUE $26,291,767
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,581,232
   Administrative Expenses $1,755,017
   Fundraising Expenses $1,470,645
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,806,894
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,484,873
   
Net Assets $53,252,977

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 $6,841,256 36.8%
Operations $6,109,878 32.9%
Education Films $2,213,037 11.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2001-06 02/05/2003 70.82 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 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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$41,912 0.19% Jeffrey N. Rudolph President
Other Salaries of Note
$178,994 0.82% Laurie Sowd Chief Operating Officer
$148,399 0.68% Cynthia Pygin Chief Financial Officer
$121,916 0.55% Allyson Goodall Senior VP, Chief Advancement Officer
$106,401 0.48% Kent Jones VP, Retail Operations

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Science Center Foundation (CA) 83.85 three stars
The Computer History Museum (CA) 90.36 four stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 86.15 three stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 93.07 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.03 four 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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