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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Ignite a passion for science, nature and human culture through exploration and discovery.

four stars

91.69

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

Board Leadership
Caryl G. Smith
Chair

CEO
Jennifer Grant Warner
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.69 four stars
  Financial 90.57 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Fernbank's mission is to ignite a passion for science, nature and human culture through exploration and discovery.

Values:
- Science and the natural world inspire us
- Curiosity drives us
- Inclusivity strengthens us
- Community empowers us
- Resourcefulness advances us
- Integrity grounds us

Fernbank's mission is to ignite a passion for science, nature and human culture through exploration and discovery.

Values:
- Science and the natural world inspire us
- Curiosity drives us
- Inclusivity strengthens us
- Community empowers us
- Resourcefulness advances us
- Integrity grounds us

Impact Information

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Financial

four stars

90.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.30
  Program Expenses Growth 1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
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) 91.69 four stars
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 89.70 three stars
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.68 four stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 85.14 three stars
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PA) 91.44 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,856,928
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,377,441
   Fundraising Events $607,630
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,841,999
   Program Service Revenue $3,703,189
Total Primary Revenue $8,545,188
   Other Revenue $2,219,038
TOTAL REVENUE $10,764,226
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,764,767
   Administrative Expenses $1,706,674
   Fundraising Expenses $728,682
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,200,123
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,435,897
   
Net Assets $40,584,930

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 $7,554,424 77.4%
Strategic Initiatives $1,257,104 12.9%
Educational Programs $953,239 9.8%

Ratings History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 91.69 four stars
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

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$249,498 2.04% Jennifer Grant-Warner President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 91.69 four stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 90.86 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.92 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars
The Field Museum (IL) 89.85 three 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

Caryl G. Smith
Chair

CEO

Jennifer Grant Warner
President, CEO

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