Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Detroit Historical Society

Where the past is present

four stars

91.65

5401 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202
tel: (313) 833-0158   Web Site
EIN: 38-1381144

Board Leadership
Thomas C. Buhl
President

CEO
Robert A. Bury
Executive Director and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.65 four stars
  Financial 90.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The DHS educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region's shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The Society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.

Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The DHS educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region's shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The Society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.

Financial

four stars

90.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
75.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.20
  Program Expenses Growth 6.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Detroit Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Historical Society (MI) 91.65 four stars
Genesee Country Village & Museum (NY) 86.00 three stars
California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CA) 92.38 four stars
Fairfield Museum and History Center (CT) 89.45 three stars
Dubuque County Historical Society (IA) 90.87 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,726,811
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $111,728
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $567,693
Total Contributions $3,406,232
   Program Service Revenue $256,807
Total Primary Revenue $3,663,039
   Other Revenue $937,279
TOTAL REVENUE $4,600,318
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,877,561
   Administrative Expenses $496,399
   Fundraising Expenses $528,530
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,902,490
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $697,828
   
Net Assets $11,869,065

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
Museum Experiences $1,184,919 41.2%
Community-Based Educational Programs $937,813 32.6%
Collections and Artifacts Care $754,829 26.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 02/01/2018 91.65 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 89.25 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.36 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 85.54 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 86.92 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.21 four stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 88.61 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.25 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 70.28 two stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 87.04 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 85.03 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 93.64 four stars
2005-06 02/01/2006 57.80 one star
2004-06 02/01/2005 67.93 one star
2003-06 05/01/2004 63.21 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 38-1381144
Name in IRS Master File DETROIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A82
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(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 October, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,617 5.16% Robert A. Bury Executive Director, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Detroit Historical Society (MI) 91.65 four stars
Adirondack Historical Association (NY) 85.51 three stars
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (TX) 87.14 three stars
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association (VA) 91.44 four stars
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (VA) 86.49 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Detroit Historical Society
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
tel: (313) 833-0158
fax: (313) 833-5342
EIN: 38-1381144

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Thomas C. Buhl
President

CEO

Robert A. Bury
Executive Director and CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.