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Longyear Museum

Advancing the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy

three stars

88.87

1125 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
tel: (800) 277-8943   Web Site
EIN: 04-2203829

Board Leadership
Carla Stillman
Chairman

CEO
Sandra J. Houston
President and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.87 three stars
  Financial 92.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Longyear Museum's mission is to advance the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer, founder and leader of Christian Science. The Museum contains documents pertaining to her life and the lives of Christian Scientists who assisted her in establishing this worldwide religion. Longyear Museum was founded by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to provide future generations with documentary evidence and facts about Mrs. Eddy and the early history of the Christian Science religion. In 1937, the Museum opened in Mrs. Longyear's former home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Museum moved to its present location in nearby Chestnut Hill in 1999; the new exhibit halls were opened to the public in 2001.

The Longyear Museum's mission is to advance the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer, founder and leader of Christian Science. The Museum contains documents pertaining to her life and the lives of Christian Scientists who assisted her in establishing this worldwide religion. Longyear Museum was founded by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to provide future generations with documentary evidence and facts about Mrs. Eddy and the early history of the Christian Science religion. In 1937, the Museum opened in Mrs. Longyear's former home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Museum moved to its present location in nearby Chestnut Hill in 1999; the new exhibit halls were opened to the public in 2001.

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Financial

four stars

92.81

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

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)
78.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 13.63
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Longyear Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Longyear Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Longyear Museum (MA) 88.87 three stars
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (MD) 97.26 four stars
Museum of South Texas History (TX) 90.84 four stars
Santa Barbara Historical Museum (CA) 87.46 three stars
Missouri History Museum (MO) 96.66 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,549,676
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $72,078
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $672,228
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $19,293,982
   Program Service Revenue $66,865
Total Primary Revenue $19,360,847
   Other Revenue $771,608
TOTAL REVENUE $20,132,455
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,295,373
   Administrative Expenses $488,073
   Fundraising Expenses $365,415
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,148,861
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $15,983,594
   
Net Assets $66,131,411

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
Historic Houses $1,260,079 38.2%
Collection $1,032,067 31.3%
Events, Programs and Publications $1,003,227 30.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 88.87 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 87.55 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 87.10 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.41 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.10 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 79.27 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.56 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 85.41 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 87.33 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 90.97 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 89.15 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 86.64 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 81.80 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 85.02 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 66.34 one star
2004-12 10/01/2005 63.17 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 76.72 two stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 78.09 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 04-2203829
Name in IRS Master File LONGYEAR FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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, 1933
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
$132,372 3.19% Sandra J. Houston President, Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Longyear Museum (MA) 88.87 three stars
Maine Maritime Museum (ME) 95.05 four stars
Adirondack Historical Association (NY) 88.54 three stars
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association (VA) 91.75 four stars
Missouri History Museum (MO) 96.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Longyear Museum
1125 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
tel: (800) 277-8943
fax: (617) 278-9003
EIN: 04-2203829

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Board Leadership

Carla Stillman
Chairman

CEO

Sandra J. Houston
President and Executive Director

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