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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

National Building Museum

Celebrating the world we build for ourselves

three stars

84.16

401 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
tel: (202) 272-2448   Web Site
EIN: 52-1050999

Board Leadership
James G. Davis
Chair

CEO
Chase W. Rynd
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.16 three stars
  Financial 79.96 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum offers visitors the chance to see many interesting objects, from drawings by famous architects to a full-scale, sustainable house built in our own galleries. The care, interpretation, and thoughtful display of such artifacts is central to our mission. The Museum is, however, much more than a repository of things, beautiful and intriguing though they may be. It is above all a forum for the development, exploration, and exchange of ideas. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum offers visitors the chance to see many interesting objects, from drawings by famous architects to a full-scale, sustainable house built in our own galleries. The care, interpretation, and thoughtful display of such artifacts is central to our mission. The Museum is, however, much more than a repository of things, beautiful and intriguing though they may be. It is above all a forum for the development, exploration, and exchange of ideas. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

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Financial

two stars

79.96

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

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)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.59
  Program Expenses Growth 3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Building Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Building Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Building Museum (DC) 84.16 three stars
Independence Seaport Museum (PA) 87.27 three stars
Petersen Automotive Museum (CA) 86.21 three stars
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (MA) 88.18 three stars
National Constitution Center (PA) 85.22 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,403,264
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $460,856
   Fundraising Events $673,564
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $261,063
Total Contributions $3,798,747
   Program Service Revenue $3,770,478
Total Primary Revenue $7,569,225
   Other Revenue $938,889
TOTAL REVENUE $8,508,114
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,996,872
   Administrative Expenses $253,375
   Fundraising Expenses $874,544
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,124,791
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $383,323
   
Net Assets $4,602,042

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 $3,521,628 50.3%
Education and Public Programs $1,594,115 22.8%
Marketing and Communications $745,261 10.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 11/01/2019 84.16 three stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 80.74 three stars
2016-09 12/22/2017 83.92 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 83.30 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.13 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 82.55 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 83.03 three stars
2012-09 12/01/2013 85.64 three stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 77.67 two stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 78.04 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/24/2010 68.75 one star
2008-09 10/01/2009 79.82 two stars
2007-09 09/01/2008 74.93 two stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 78.93 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 72.11 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 73.31 two stars
2003-09 09/01/2004 79.50 two stars
2002-09 04/01/2004 90.28 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 52-1050999
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 February, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$256,942 3.16% Chase W. Rynd President, Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Building Museum (DC) 84.16 three stars
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Racine Art Museum (WI) 86.75 three stars
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum (MD) 85.88 three stars
America's Car Museum (WA) 88.19 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
tel: (202) 272-2448
EIN: 52-1050999

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Board Leadership

James G. Davis
Chair

CEO

Chase W. Rynd
Executive Director

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