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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Inspiring a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

four stars

92.79

2559 Puesta del Sol Santa Barbara, CA 93105
tel: (805) 682-4711   Web Site
EIN: 95-1643378

Board Leadership
Terrence Valeski
Chair

CEO
Luke Swetland
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.79 four stars
  Financial 89.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is to enlighten the public by developing and presenting fundamental knowledge of natural history research, so as to teach and inspire a lifelong passion and abiding respect for the natural world. The Museum features 11 exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians. Since its founding in 1916, the Museum has grown steadily in all programs, establishing major collections in anthropology, earth sciences, and zoology, producing major scientific works and offering educational programs to school children and adults.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is to enlighten the public by developing and presenting fundamental knowledge of natural history research, so as to teach and inspire a lifelong passion and abiding respect for the natural world. The Museum features 11 exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians. Since its founding in 1916, the Museum has grown steadily in all programs, establishing major collections in anthropology, earth sciences, and zoology, producing major scientific works and offering educational programs to school children and adults.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of students who visit the Museum through School and Teacher Services
18,587
This impact information is current as of March 2020, 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

three stars

89.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
70.6%
  Administrative Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.91
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 92.79 four stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 96.66 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,602,861
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $402,821
   Fundraising Events $439,971
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $31,464
Total Contributions $4,477,117
   Program Service Revenue $1,177,371
Total Primary Revenue $5,654,488
   Other Revenue $2,193,526
TOTAL REVENUE $7,848,014
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,647,688
   Administrative Expenses $1,410,436
   Fundraising Expenses $898,982
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,957,106
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-109,092
   
Net Assets $71,878,103

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
Exhibits and Visitor Services $2,535,936 44.9%
Collections and Research $1,841,941 32.6%
Education Programs $1,269,811 22.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 92.79 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.67 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 88.49 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 86.90 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.16 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 09/01/2015 87.25 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.94 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 86.69 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 90.77 four stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 86.15 three stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 83.05 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 04/01/2010 74.91 two stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 83.39 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 98.28 four stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 98.12 four stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 97.71 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 89.44 three stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 84.51 three 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 95-1643378
Name in IRS Master File SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science 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.
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 June, 1936
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$187,103 2.35% Luke Swetland President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (CA) 92.79 four stars
Delaware Museum of Natural History (DE) 91.65 four stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 88.97 three stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 89.15 three stars
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PA) 91.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
tel: (805) 682-4711
fax: (805) 569-3170
EIN: 95-1643378

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Board Leadership

Terrence Valeski
Chair

CEO

Luke Swetland
President & CEO

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