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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Great Lakes Science Center

One of America's largest interactive science museums

three stars

86.15

601 Erieside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114
tel: (216) 694-2000   Web Site
EIN: 31-1258416

Board Leadership
Steve Karklin
Chair

CEO
Kirsten M. Ellenbogen
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.15 three stars
  Financial 80.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Financial

three stars

80.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
76.9%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.41
  Program Expenses Growth -4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
Science Central (IN) 88.55 three stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 92.34 four stars
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (TX) 87.33 three stars
Museum of Science (MA) 89.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,841,701
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $732,670
   Fundraising Events $170,736
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $79,167
Total Contributions $2,824,274
   Program Service Revenue $2,682,857
Total Primary Revenue $5,507,131
   Other Revenue $1,363,816
TOTAL REVENUE $6,870,947
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,615,198
   Administrative Expenses $1,286,241
   Fundraising Expenses $727,969
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,629,408
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,758,461
   
Net Assets $33,999,335

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 $1,831,313 27.7%
Membership and Marketing $1,795,387 27.1%
Education $1,437,321 21.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 86.15 three stars
2018-09 06/01/2020 86.48 three stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 85.76 three stars
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)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$172,982 2.00% Kirsten M. Ellenbogen President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
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Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74 four stars
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The Computer History Museum (CA) 90.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
tel: (216) 694-2000
EIN: 31-1258416

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Board Leadership

Steve Karklin
Chair

CEO

Kirsten M. Ellenbogen
President & CEO

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