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New England Historic Genealogical Society

Making accessible the histories of families in America

three stars

87.58

99 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
tel: (888) 296-3447   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104757

Board Leadership
Nancy S. Maulsby
Chairman

CEO
D. Brenton Simons
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.58 three stars
  Financial 86.32 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 20,000 members nationwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, reputation, and expertise are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and on-line genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research. The NEHGS research library, located in Boston, is home to more than 12 million original documents, artifacts, records, manuscripts, books, family papers, bibles, and photographs dating back more than four centuries. This incredible collection provides unprecedented access to information that is simply not available anywhere else.

Since 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 20,000 members nationwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, reputation, and expertise are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and on-line genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research. The NEHGS research library, located in Boston, is home to more than 12 million original documents, artifacts, records, manuscripts, books, family papers, bibles, and photographs dating back more than four centuries. This incredible collection provides unprecedented access to information that is simply not available anywhere else.

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Financial

three stars

86.32

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
74.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.34
  Program Expenses Growth 8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by New England Historic Genealogical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by New England Historic Genealogical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
New England Historic Genealogical Society (MA) 87.58 three stars
Western Reserve Historical Society (OH) 93.03 four stars
Virginia Historical Society (VA) 88.58 three stars
Atlanta History Center (GA) 88.82 three stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 90.85 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,448,423
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $204,121
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,652,544
   Program Service Revenue $4,811,872
Total Primary Revenue $10,464,416
   Other Revenue $1,474,419
TOTAL REVENUE $11,938,835
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,474,534
   Administrative Expenses $1,812,264
   Fundraising Expenses $1,129,432
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,416,230
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $522,605
   
Net Assets $51,489,305

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
Research Library $2,671,738 31.5%
Publications $1,745,712 20.6%
Website $1,454,788 17.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 11/01/2019 87.58 three stars
2017-08 12/01/2018 87.92 three stars
2016-08 02/01/2018 84.92 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 82.93 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 81.44 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 86.00 three stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 85.74 three stars
2012-08 11/01/2013 78.44 two stars
2011-08 10/01/2012 80.94 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 84.70 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 87.87 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 10/01/2010 86.85 three stars
2008-08 10/01/2009 83.22 three stars
2007-08 08/01/2008 72.63 two stars
2006-08 07/01/2007 68.99 one star
2005-08 12/01/2006 78.49 two stars
2004-08 12/01/2005 71.41 two stars
2003-08 11/01/2004 79.52 two stars
2002-08 11/01/2003 61.75 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 04-2104757
Name in IRS Master File NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 May, 1922
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$397,602 3.48% D. Brenton Simons Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
New England Historic Genealogical Society (MA) 87.58 three stars
Virginia Historical Society (VA) 88.58 three stars
The Explorers Club (NY) 87.66 three stars
Dayton History (OH) 91.62 four stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 92.33 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
tel: (888) 296-3447
fax: (617) 536-7307
EIN: 04-2104757

Mail donations to:
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

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Board Leadership

Nancy S. Maulsby
Chairman

CEO

D. Brenton Simons
President, CEO

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