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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Inspiring life-long learning of natural history

four stars

95.99

767 Clifton Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30307
tel: (404) 929-6371   Web Site
EIN: 58-6028607

Board Leadership
W. Ron Hinson
Chair

CEO
Jennifer Grant Warner
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.99 four stars
  Financial 95.20 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Located in historic Druid Hills, Fernbank's 125-acre science campus includes: Fernbank Forest, 65 acres of old-growth woodlands; WildWoods which features outdoor exhibitions and trail experiences; two Olmsted Parks, Deep Deen Park and Dellwood Park; 7 historic homes; and a world-class natural history museum that houses a Dinosaur Plaza, permanent and special exhibitions, a Giant Screen Theatre, Giants of the Mesozoic featuring the Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, and the St. Catherine's Island Collection-an internationally acclaimed assemblage of one million artifacts that spans 5,000 years of human history.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Located in historic Druid Hills, Fernbank's 125-acre science campus includes: Fernbank Forest, 65 acres of old-growth woodlands; WildWoods which features outdoor exhibitions and trail experiences; two Olmsted Parks, Deep Deen Park and Dellwood Park; 7 historic homes; and a world-class natural history museum that houses a Dinosaur Plaza, permanent and special exhibitions, a Giant Screen Theatre, Giants of the Mesozoic featuring the Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, and the St. Catherine's Island Collection-an internationally acclaimed assemblage of one million artifacts that spans 5,000 years of human history.

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Financial

four stars

95.20

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.54
  Program Expenses Growth 3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fernbank Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fernbank Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 95.99 four stars
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (VT) 88.43 three stars
The Field Museum (IL) 91.53 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 90.75 four stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 89.02 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,807,890
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,100,789
   Fundraising Events $636,375
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,545,054
   Program Service Revenue $3,599,943
Total Primary Revenue $8,144,997
   Other Revenue $1,937,468
TOTAL REVENUE $10,082,465
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,943,155
   Administrative Expenses $1,656,701
   Fundraising Expenses $637,136
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,236,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,154,527
   
Net Assets $42,628,977

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
Exhibitions and Films $7,565,409 76.1%
Strategic Initiatives $1,434,959 14.4%
Educational Programs $942,787 9.5%

Ratings History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 08/01/2019 95.99 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 93.99 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 98.57 four stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 95.49 four stars
2014-12 08/01/2016 96.03 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.12 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 09/01/2015 94.68 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 93.31 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 94.11 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 85.60 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 92.33 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 92.04 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.82 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 82.08 three stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 90.60 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 80.98 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 63.10 one star
2005-12 12/15/2006 63.32 one star
2004-12 01/01/2006 68.25 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 66.95 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 58-6028607
Name in IRS Master File FERNBANK INC
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 November, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$226,053 1.84% Jennifer Grant-Warner President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$400,874 3.27% Susan Neugent Former President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 95.99 four stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 89.09 three stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 90.27 four stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 93.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
tel: (404) 929-6371
EIN: 58-6028607

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Board Leadership

W. Ron Hinson
Chair

CEO

Jennifer Grant Warner
President, CEO

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