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COSI Center of Science and Industry

Science education through hands-on discovery

three stars

86.66

333 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215
tel: (614) 228-2674   Web Site
EIN: 31-4383802

Board Leadership
Tom Dailey
Chair

CEO
Frederic Bertley
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.66 three stars
  Financial 84.68 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

COSI Columbus provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth. Since its opening in 1964, COSI has welcomed nearly 20 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.

COSI Columbus provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth. Since its opening in 1964, COSI has welcomed nearly 20 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.

Financial

three stars

84.68

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by COSI Center of Science and Industry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by COSI Center of Science and Industry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
COSI Center of Science and Industry (OH) 86.66 three stars
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.40 four stars
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.03 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,503,421
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,584,356
   Fundraising Events $244,680
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $939,146
Total Contributions $9,271,603
   Program Service Revenue $10,577,854
Total Primary Revenue $19,849,457
   Other Revenue $703,838
TOTAL REVENUE $20,553,295
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $17,885,968
   Administrative Expenses $3,289,633
   Fundraising Expenses $785,571
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,961,172
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,407,877
   
Net Assets $15,602,008

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
Educational Experiences $16,571,025 92.6%
Community Outreach $1,208,293 6.8%
Camp-In $106,650 0.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 86.66 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 87.66 three stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 85.79 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 85.10 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 86.32 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.49 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 84.79 three stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 90.46 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 90.02 four stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 84.54 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 84.17 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 85.66 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 82.36 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 79.25 two stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 66.32 one star
2006-06 09/01/2007 66.28 one star
2005-06 09/01/2006 74.88 two stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 79.50 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 85.45 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 79.16 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 31-4383802
Name in IRS Master File FRANKLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(59) Other school related activities
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 May, 1962
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$334,900 1.52% Frederic M. Bertley President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
COSI Center of Science and Industry (OH) 86.66 three stars
Mid-America Science Museum (AR) 93.07 four stars
The Tech Interactive (CA) 95.79 four stars
New York Hall of Science (NY) 92.57 four stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 92.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

COSI Center of Science and Industry
333 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
tel: (614) 228-2674
fax: (614) 629-3226
EIN: 31-4383802

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Board Leadership

Tom Dailey
Chair

CEO

Frederic Bertley
President, CEO

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