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Maryland Science Center

Touch wonder

three stars

82.49

601 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 545-5981   Web Site
EIN: 52-0668166

Board Leadership
David B. Amy
Chairman

CEO
Mark J. Potter
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.49 three stars
  Financial 79.59 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Maryland Science Center (MSC) is to create awareness of the importance of science to our lives and to stimulate people, especially children, to learn science by creating exciting educational experiences. The vision of the Maryland Science Center is to create interest in young people in science by engaging and entertaining them. As one of the most unique and important educational institutions in the region, the Science Center makes science fun; entertainment is the means and education is the end. And because of its well-earned reputation for exhibition excellence and innovative programming, the Maryland Science Center is a national model for turning on children to science. MSC traces its history back to 1797, when the Maryland Academy of Sciences, MSC's parent organization, was founded as an amateur scientific society.

The mission of the Maryland Science Center (MSC) is to create awareness of the importance of science to our lives and to stimulate people, especially children, to learn science by creating exciting educational experiences. The vision of the Maryland Science Center is to create interest in young people in science by engaging and entertaining them. As one of the most unique and important educational institutions in the region, the Science Center makes science fun; entertainment is the means and education is the end. And because of its well-earned reputation for exhibition excellence and innovative programming, the Maryland Science Center is a national model for turning on children to science. MSC traces its history back to 1797, when the Maryland Academy of Sciences, MSC's parent organization, was founded as an amateur scientific society.

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Financial

two stars

79.59

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
73.4%
  Administrative Expenses 22.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.06
  Program Expenses Growth -3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maryland Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maryland Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maryland Science Center (MD) 82.49 three stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 86.86 three stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.88 four stars
Science Central (IN) 88.22 three stars
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 86.93 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,511,283
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $220,445
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,417,582
Total Contributions $3,149,310
   Program Service Revenue $3,902,873
Total Primary Revenue $7,052,183
   Other Revenue $715,472
TOTAL REVENUE $7,767,655
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,147,335
   Administrative Expenses $1,897,142
   Fundraising Expenses $256,084
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,300,561
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-532,906
   
Net Assets $27,793,955

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 Courses $2,165,613 35.2%
IMAX Theatre and Davis Planetarium $1,686,977 27.4%
Exhibits $1,548,342 25.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 82.49 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 82.58 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 81.48 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 79.91 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 81.14 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 83.68 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 83.18 three stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 78.39 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 76.53 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 68.51 one star
2008-06 02/01/2010 64.78 one star
2007-06 06/01/2009 71.00 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 71.34 two stars
2005-03 05/01/2006 78.89 two stars
2004-03 12/01/2004 76.00 two stars
2003-03 12/01/2003 74.75 two stars
2002-03 04/15/2003 75.71 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 52-0668166
Name in IRS Master File MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(279) Other services or benefits to members or employees
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 November, 1947
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,631 1.69% Mark Potter President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$170,728 2.05% Van R. Reiner Former President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maryland Science Center (MD) 82.49 three stars
New York Hall of Science (NY) 90.21 four stars
Science Central (IN) 88.22 three stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 86.86 three stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 93.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 545-5981
fax: (410) 545-5973
EIN: 52-0668166

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Board Leadership

David B. Amy
Chairman

CEO

Mark J. Potter
President, CEO

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