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The Planetary Society

Your place in space

84.06

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 84.06
  Financial 77.67
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

77.67

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
68.1%
  Administrative Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.01
  Program Expenses Growth -2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.8%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,501,802
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,791,559
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,293,361
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,293,361
   Other Revenue $50,823
TOTAL REVENUE $4,344,184
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,277,578
   Administrative Expenses $715,316
   Fundraising Expenses $762,549
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,755,443
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-411,259
   
Net Assets $9,772,226

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$161,521 3.39% William Nye Chief Executive Officer

Mission

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.

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The Planetary Society (CA) 84.06
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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