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The Planetary Society

Your place in space

three stars

87.59

60 South Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
tel: (626) 793-5100   Web Site
EIN: 95-3423566

Board Leadership
Dan Geraci
Chairman

CEO
Bill Nye
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.59 three stars
  Financial 82.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Planetary Society, founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, inspires and involves the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education. Today, The Planetary Society is the largest and most influential public space organization group on Earth and is dedicated to exploring the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth. The Planetary Society leads by example: through private ventures, such as the solar sail; through public-private partnerships, such as the Mars Microphone; through promoting grand and ambitious adventures, such as human missions to Mars. We continue to find more ways for members of the public to participate directly in humanity's evolution into a multi-planet species - as we inspire the people of Earth to explore other worlds and seek other life.

The Planetary Society, founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, inspires and involves the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education. Today, The Planetary Society is the largest and most influential public space organization group on Earth and is dedicated to exploring the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth. The Planetary Society leads by example: through private ventures, such as the solar sail; through public-private partnerships, such as the Mars Microphone; through promoting grand and ambitious adventures, such as human missions to Mars. We continue to find more ways for members of the public to participate directly in humanity's evolution into a multi-planet species - as we inspire the people of Earth to explore other worlds and seek other life.

Financial

three stars

82.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
66.2%
  Administrative Expenses 16.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.80
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Planetary Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Planetary Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Planetary Society (CA) 87.59 three stars
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (TX) 87.81 three stars
Long Now Foundation (CA) 91.78 four stars
SETI Institute (CA) 90.82 four stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 89.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,981,387
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,734,743
   Fundraising Events $25,355
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,741,485
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $12,741,485
   Other Revenue $74,280
TOTAL REVENUE $12,815,765
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,275,865
   Administrative Expenses $830,965
   Fundraising Expenses $820,747
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,927,577
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,888,188
   
Net Assets $10,183,485

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
Education & Communication $1,781,508 54.4%
Membership $657,407 20.1%
Science & Technology $411,838 12.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 87.59 three stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 80.31 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 83.60 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 87.91 three stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 89.87 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 83.27 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 03/01/2016 87.85 three stars
2014-09 02/01/2016 87.71 three stars
2014-09 11/01/2015 85.73 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 73.92 two stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 72.55 two stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 79.00 two stars
2011-09 08/01/2012 85.64 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 84.35 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 77.19 two stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 72.47 two stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 70.52 two stars
2006-09 05/01/2007 68.66 one star
2005-09 07/01/2006 67.58 one star
2004-09 07/01/2005 67.62 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 95-3423566
Name in IRS Master File THE PLANETARY SOCIETY
NTEE Code A33
NTEE Classification Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
(125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 March, 1980
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$106,817 2.16% William Nye Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$146,869 2.98% Richard Chute Chief Development Officer
$140,350 2.84% Benjamin Bank Chief Financial Officer
$129,959 2.63% Jennifer Vaughn Chief Operating Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Planetary Society (CA) 87.59 three stars
The Rodale Institute (PA) 96.81 four stars
American Association for the Advancement of Science (DC) 89.15 three stars
Mind & Life Institute (VA) 86.70 three stars
Long Now Foundation (CA) 91.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Planetary Society
60 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
tel: (626) 793-5100
fax: (626) 793-5528
EIN: 95-3423566

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Board Leadership

Dan Geraci
Chairman

CEO

Bill Nye
Chief Executive Officer

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