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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Great Lakes Science Center

One of America's largest interactive science museums

three stars

86.34

601 Erieside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114
tel: (216) 696-4576   Web Site
EIN: 31-1258416

Board Leadership
David Peace
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Kirsten M. Ellenbogen
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.34 three stars
  Financial 84.12 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is one of America's largest interactive science museums. See, touch and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits, watch breathtaking OMNIMAX films and enjoy daily demonstrations. Discover exciting educational programs that demonstrate the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region. GSLC's mission is to stimulate interest and increase understanding of the sciences; demonstrate the interrelationship of science, environment and technology; and help people of all ages achieve and maintain greater science literacy in order to sustain and improve the quality of Great Cleveland, the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is one of America's largest interactive science museums. See, touch and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits, watch breathtaking OMNIMAX films and enjoy daily demonstrations. Discover exciting educational programs that demonstrate the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region. GSLC's mission is to stimulate interest and increase understanding of the sciences; demonstrate the interrelationship of science, environment and technology; and help people of all ages achieve and maintain greater science literacy in order to sustain and improve the quality of Great Cleveland, the Great Lakes region and beyond.

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Financial

three stars

84.12

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.1%
  Administrative Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.55
  Program Expenses Growth -4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Great Lakes Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Great Lakes Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.34 three stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 86.74 three stars
Science Museum Oklahoma (OK) 95.17 four stars
Discovery Place (NC) 91.91 four stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 85.34 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,577,498
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $731,029
   Fundraising Events $117,377
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $456,196
Total Contributions $2,882,100
   Program Service Revenue $2,833,552
Total Primary Revenue $5,715,652
   Other Revenue $1,068,519
TOTAL REVENUE $6,784,171
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,845,614
   Administrative Expenses $1,299,548
   Fundraising Expenses $813,377
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,958,539
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,174,368
   
Net Assets $37,926,636

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 $2,059,366 30.1%
Omnimax and Guest Services $1,741,177 25.4%
Education $1,551,512 22.7%
Membership and Marketing $1,493,559 21.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 86.34 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 87.64 three stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 87.99 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.81 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 81.16 three stars
2013-09 04/01/2015 83.85 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 86.31 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 83.30 three stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 85.31 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 80.91 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 79.88 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 77.79 two stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 72.86 two stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 78.88 two stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 61.59 one star
2004-06 12/01/2005 72.61 two stars
2003-06 12/01/2004 76.37 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 31-1258416
Name in IRS Master File GREAT LAKES MUSEUM OF SCIENCE ENVIRONMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
NTEE Code U30
NTEE Classification Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences Research and Promotion
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
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 November, 1993
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, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$163,366 1.82% Kirsten Ellenbogen President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.34 three stars
The Tech Museum of Innovation (CA) 94.26 four stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 88.53 three stars
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 96.64 four stars
Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.58 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
tel: (216) 696-4576
EIN: 31-1258416

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Board Leadership

David Peace
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Kirsten M. Ellenbogen
President & CEO

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