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Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Opening doors to our future leaders, innovators, and adventurers to explore, create and learn on their own terms.

four stars

90.68

2121 Children's Museum Drive Denver, CO 80211
tel: (303) 561-0150   Web Site
EIN: 84-0658142

Board Leadership
Betsy Wagner
Chair

CEO
Mike Yankovich
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.68 four stars
  Financial 92.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.

The Museum was founded in 1973 by parents, educators and community leaders who wanted to create a hands-on educational institution for families with young children and has since continued to grow and thrive. In late 2015, the Museum completed a major expansion, creating a 9-acre campus, doubling exhibit space and introducing more exciting exhibits and programming than ever before.

The rich, developmentally appropriate experiences capitalize on natural curiosity, encouraging children to question, investigate, assess and take risks. The open-ended nature of the experiences provides a platform for experimentation, generating new outcomes with each visit. Daily programming themes and activities change regularly to offer opportunities to explore fresh ideas in health, science, environment, art, literacy and more.

The mission of the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.

The Museum was founded in 1973 by parents, educators and community leaders who wanted to create a hands-on educational institution for families with young children and has since continued to grow and thrive. In late 2015, the Museum completed a major expansion, creating a 9-acre campus, doubling exhibit space and introducing more exciting exhibits and programming than ever before.

The rich, developmentally appropriate experiences capitalize on natural curiosity, encouraging children to question, investigate, assess and take risks. The open-ended nature of the experiences provides a platform for experimentation, generating new outcomes with each visit. Daily programming themes and activities change regularly to offer opportunities to explore fresh ideas in health, science, environment, art, literacy and more.

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Financial

four stars

92.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
75.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.42
  Program Expenses Growth 21.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO) 90.68 four stars
Amazement Square (VA) 87.92 three stars
The Doseum (TX) 92.02 four stars
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars
Boston Children's Museum (MA) 89.89 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,245,787
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $226,889
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,386,163
Total Contributions $2,858,839
   Program Service Revenue $4,100,248
Total Primary Revenue $6,959,087
   Other Revenue $518,686
TOTAL REVENUE $7,477,773
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,470,241
   Administrative Expenses $1,127,518
   Fundraising Expenses $613,652
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,211,411
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $266,362
   
Net Assets $22,273,076

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
Museum Operations $5,235,462 95.7%
Exhibit Design Team $234,779 4.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 90.68 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 89.42 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 90.17 four 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 84-0658142
Name in IRS Master File CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF DENVER INC
NTEE Code A52
NTEE Classification Children's 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.
(59) Other school related activities
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 January, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$230,584 3.19% Michael Yankovich President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO) 90.68 four stars
Discovery Museum (MA) 87.63 three stars
Children's Museum of Houston (TX) 94.76 four stars
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (CA) 91.02 four stars
EdVenture (SC) 86.39 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children's Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
tel: (303) 561-0150
EIN: 84-0658142

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Board Leadership

Betsy Wagner
Chair

CEO

Mike Yankovich
President, CEO

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