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Paleontological Research Institution

Where the Earth Comes to Life

three stars

83.40

1259 Trumansburg Road Ithaca, NY 14850
tel: (607) 273-6623   Web Site
EIN: 15-0554849

Board Leadership
Beth Mielbrecht
President

CEO
Warren D. Allmon, PhD
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.40 three stars
  Financial 81.95 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Paleontological Research Institution serves society by increasing and disseminating knowledge about the history of life on Earth. Founded in 1932, PRI has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.). PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the public an opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. The Nature Center cultivates an appreciation and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education and the goal is to create a premier educational center for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change. PRI is separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.

The Paleontological Research Institution serves society by increasing and disseminating knowledge about the history of life on Earth. Founded in 1932, PRI has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.). PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the public an opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. The Nature Center cultivates an appreciation and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education and the goal is to create a premier educational center for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change. PRI is separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.

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Financial

three stars

81.95

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

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)
69.8%
  Administrative Expenses 23.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.74
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Paleontological Research Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Paleontological Research Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Paleontological Research Institution (NY) 83.40 three stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 91.69 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 93.32 four stars
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 91.04 four stars
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA) 90.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,761,684
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $31,887
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $737,288
Total Contributions $2,530,859
   Program Service Revenue $392,692
Total Primary Revenue $2,923,551
   Other Revenue $99,582
TOTAL REVENUE $3,023,133
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,044,528
   Administrative Expenses $687,271
   Fundraising Expenses $192,325
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,924,124
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $99,009
   
Net Assets $4,801,281

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 Exhibition $1,402,687 68.6%
Nature Center $641,841 31.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 83.40 three stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 78.74 two stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 78.59 two stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 79.83 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 76.91 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 80.99 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 85.73 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 77.32 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 83.87 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 82.91 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 81.22 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 83.52 three stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 83.46 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 74.80 two stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 73.91 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 15-0554849
Name in IRS Master File PALEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(120) Publishing activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 September, 1951
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Warren Allmon Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Paleontological Research Institution (NY) 83.40 three stars
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL) 85.91 three stars
EcoTarium (MA) 86.29 three stars
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 88.88 three stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 85.14 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Paleontological Research Institution
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
tel: (607) 273-6623
fax: (607) 273-6620
EIN: 15-0554849

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Board Leadership

Beth Mielbrecht
President

CEO

Warren D. Allmon, PhD
Director

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