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Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Fun and Learning for Bay Area Children and Families

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four stars

98.67

180 Woz Way San Jose, CA 95110
tel: (408) 298-5437   Web Site
EIN: 94-2870828

Board Leadership
Dan Amend
Chair

CEO
Marilee Jennings
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.67 four stars
  Financial 98.12 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Its vision is that today's children become tomorrow's visionaries. Since opening in 1990, the Museum has welcomed over 9 million visitors.

As a center for children's learning and discovery, the Museum's iconic 52,000 sq. ft. facility houses hands-on, inquiry-based exhibits and programs in the arts, humanities, science, and technology. Deeply rooted in the Silicon Valley community, CDM is committed to active engagement of a diverse socioeconomic audience. Through the Open Door Policy and the national Museums for All program, about a third of its visitors receive free or subsidized admission. Demonstrating core competencies in early childhood development, the Museum has been honored with national, regional, and local awards for fabrication of interactive exhibits, community engagement, health promotion, and environmental education.

The mission of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Its vision is that today's children become tomorrow's visionaries. Since opening in 1990, the Museum has welcomed over 9 million visitors.

As a center for children's learning and discovery, the Museum's iconic 52,000 sq. ft. facility houses hands-on, inquiry-based exhibits and programs in the arts, humanities, science, and technology. Deeply rooted in the Silicon Valley community, CDM is committed to active engagement of a diverse socioeconomic audience. Through the Open Door Policy and the national Museums for All program, about a third of its visitors receive free or subsidized admission. Demonstrating core competencies in early childhood development, the Museum has been honored with national, regional, and local awards for fabrication of interactive exhibits, community engagement, health promotion, and environmental education.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Annual attendance
419,790
Annual revenue
9,878,680
Number of Field Trip Participants
35,256
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

98.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
76.8%
  Administrative Expenses 17.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.33
  Program Expenses Growth 9.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) 98.67 four stars
EdVenture (SC) 85.23 three stars
The New Children's Museum (CA) 93.50 four stars
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (FL) 88.22 three stars
Amazement Square (VA) 87.92 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,867,236
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $990,922
   Fundraising Events $1,251,681
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,286,768
Total Contributions $5,396,607
   Program Service Revenue $2,457,677
Total Primary Revenue $7,854,284
   Other Revenue $658,988
TOTAL REVENUE $8,513,272
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,121,278
   Administrative Expenses $1,323,453
   Fundraising Expenses $503,734
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,948,465
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $564,807
   
Net Assets $25,426,616

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
Educational Programs $3,844,223 62.8%
Exhibits $1,993,187 32.6%
Retail Services $283,868 4.6%

Ratings History
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 12/01/2018 98.67 four stars
2016-08 02/01/2018 94.76 four stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 94.16 four stars
2014-08 11/01/2016 94.03 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 93.40 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 93.13 four stars
2013-08 12/22/2014 93.40 four stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 92.69 four stars
2011-08 10/01/2012 88.78 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 96.09 four stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 92.24 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 12/22/2010 86.70 three stars
2008-08 10/01/2009 92.45 four stars
2007-08 09/01/2008 74.81 two stars
2006-08 09/01/2007 80.09 three stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 62.62 one star
2004-08 01/01/2006 81.30 three stars
2003-08 11/01/2004 76.83 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 94-2870828
Name in IRS Master File SAN JOSE CHILDRENS DISCOVERY MUSEUM
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.
(995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
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, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$204,624 2.57% Marilee Jennings Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) 98.67 four stars
Minnesota Children's Museum (MN) 88.69 three stars
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (IL) 86.98 three stars
The Children's Museum of Memphis (TN) 85.09 three stars
Chicago Children's Museum (IL) 85.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
tel: (408) 298-5437
fax: (408) 298-6826
EIN: 94-2870828

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Board Leadership

Dan Amend
Chair

CEO

Marilee Jennings
Executive Director

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