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Children's Museum of Houston

A playground for your mind

four stars

91.82

1500 Binz Street Houston, TX 77004
tel: (713) 535-7218   Web Site
EIN: 74-2178563

Board Leadership
William Toomey, II
President

CEO
Tammie Kahn
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.82 four stars
  Financial 90.80 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children's Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 750,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies.

The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children's Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 750,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies.

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Financial

four stars

90.80

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.09
  Program Expenses Growth 1.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Museum of Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Museum of Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 91.82 four stars
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (FL) 88.22 three stars
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 91.02 four stars
DISCOVERY Children's Museum (NV) 85.93 three stars
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 87.25 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,401,487
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,170,660
   Fundraising Events $1,110,539
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $30,669
Total Contributions $5,713,355
   Program Service Revenue $4,194,389
Total Primary Revenue $9,907,744
   Other Revenue $1,131,987
TOTAL REVENUE $11,039,731
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,807,680
   Administrative Expenses $1,381,742
   Fundraising Expenses $507,983
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,697,405
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,657,674
   
Net Assets $38,121,766

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 Education $9,318,058 86.2%
Outreach Programming $1,204,592 11.1%
Visitor Services $285,030 2.6%

Ratings History
Children's Museum of Houston has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 91.82 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 94.76 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 83.58 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 92.49 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 93.78 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.91 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 92.82 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 91.39 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 95.10 four stars
2011-06 12/20/2012 89.98 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 88.83 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 90.02 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.83 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 98.19 four stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 98.46 four stars
2007-06 12/01/2008 94.24 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 93.71 four stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 87.76 three stars
2004-06 08/01/2005 86.63 three stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 96.10 four 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 74-2178563
Name in IRS Master File CHILDRENS MUSEUM INC
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational 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 November, 1982
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
$185,606 1.46% Tammie J. Kahn Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 91.82 four stars
Lincoln Children's Museum (NE) 86.62 three stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 89.89 three stars
The Children's Museum of Memphis (TN) 85.09 three stars
Imagine Children's Museum (WA) 96.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz Street
Houston, TX 77004
tel: (713) 535-7218
EIN: 74-2178563

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Board Leadership

William Toomey, II
President

CEO

Tammie Kahn
Executive Director

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