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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Collecting, presenting, and interpreting work produced since 1940

three stars

86.81

250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel: (213) 621-1794   Web Site
EIN: 95-3433820

Board Leadership
Maria Seferian
Chair

CEO
Klaus Biesenbach
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.81 three stars
  Financial 84.26 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art.

Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art.

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Financial

three stars

84.26

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
69.3%
  Administrative Expenses 21.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.91
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (CA) 86.81 three stars
Hyde Park Art Center (IL) 88.85 three stars
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL) 88.63 three stars
The Phillips Collection (DC) 87.82 three stars
Columbus Museum of Art (OH) 91.79 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,982,276
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $556,065
   Fundraising Events $1,763,654
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $104,350
Total Contributions $10,406,345
   Program Service Revenue $2,376,881
Total Primary Revenue $12,783,226
   Other Revenue $4,228,385
TOTAL REVENUE $17,011,611
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,355,882
   Administrative Expenses $4,175,176
   Fundraising Expenses $1,655,954
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,187,012
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,175,401
   
Net Assets $159,029,843

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
Curatorial & Exhibition Programs $5,901,075 44.2%
Building Operations & Security $5,329,353 39.9%
Public Affairs/Information $1,415,271 10.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.81 three stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 88.87 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 84.89 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 83.83 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.36 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 83.76 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 82.48 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 82.82 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 80.68 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 80.52 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.80 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 77.30 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 81.28 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 92.15 four stars
2006-06 02/01/2008 91.04 four stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 63.45 one star
2004-06 12/01/2005 67.16 one star
2003-06 10/01/2004 76.72 two stars
2002-06 12/01/2003 87.01 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 87.19 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 95-3433820
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
NTEE Code A51
NTEE Classification Art 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 March, 1980
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
$708,799 3.69% Philippe Vergne Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (CA) 86.81 three stars
The Contemporary Austin (TX) 86.08 three stars
Mattress Factory (PA) 88.31 three stars
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA) 85.86 three stars
The Institute of Contemporary Art (MA) 86.33 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel: (213) 621-1794
fax: (213) 620-8674
EIN: 95-3433820

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Board Leadership

Maria Seferian
Chair

CEO

Klaus Biesenbach
Director

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