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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Chicago Children's Museum

Where play and learning connect

three stars

85.01

Navy Pier 700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 527-1000   Web Site
EIN: 36-3162484

Board Leadership
Jeffery S. Perry
Chair

CEO
Jennifer Farrington
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.01 three stars
  Financial 81.89 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1982, Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) works to create a community where play and learning connect. CCM's primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children's growth and development. Fifteen permanent exhibits and programming spaces provide innovative learning experiences for children and their caregivers. The museum serves more than 500,000 visitors annually. CCM also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.

Founded in 1982, Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) works to create a community where play and learning connect. CCM's primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children's growth and development. Fifteen permanent exhibits and programming spaces provide innovative learning experiences for children and their caregivers. The museum serves more than 500,000 visitors annually. CCM also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.

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Financial

three stars

81.89

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
75.2%
  Administrative Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 41.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Children's Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Children's Museum (IL) 85.01 three stars
DISCOVERY Children's Museum (NV) 85.93 three stars
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars
Kidspace Children's Museum (CA) 94.98 four stars
Minnesota Children's Museum (MN) 88.69 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,972,063
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $696,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $147,099
Total Contributions $4,815,162
   Program Service Revenue $3,429,170
Total Primary Revenue $8,244,332
   Other Revenue $672,305
TOTAL REVENUE $8,916,637
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,370,480
   Administrative Expenses $1,029,078
   Fundraising Expenses $584,013
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,983,571
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,933,066
   
Net Assets $9,395,397

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, Tours, Workshops $5,370,480 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 85.01 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 81.00 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 78.05 two stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 76.84 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 78.14 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 73.97 two stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 76.58 two stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 73.61 two stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 82.11 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 86.38 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 88.14 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 87.34 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 79.28 two stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 82.05 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 80.88 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 76.56 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 78.18 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 72.47 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 36-3162484
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO CHILDRENS MUSEUM
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(59) Other school related activities
(149) Other instruction and training
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 April, 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
$202,536 2.90% Jennifer Farrington President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Children's Museum (IL) 85.01 three stars
Minnesota Children's Museum (MN) 88.69 three stars
The Children's Museum of Atlanta (GA) 87.25 three stars
Children's Museum of Richmond (VA) 88.98 three stars
DISCOVERY Children's Museum (NV) 85.93 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 527-1000
EIN: 36-3162484

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Board Leadership

Jeffery S. Perry
Chair

CEO

Jennifer Farrington
President and CEO

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