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Bowers Museum

Enriching lives through the world's finest arts and cultures

three stars

84.64

2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
tel: (714) 567-3639   Web Site
EIN: 33-0106161

Board Leadership
Anne Shih
Chairwoman

CEO
Peter C. Keller
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.64 three stars
  Financial 87.85 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. The mission of the Bowers Museum is to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures; to achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.

Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. The mission of the Bowers Museum is to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures; to achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.

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Financial

three stars

87.85

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
72.4%
  Administrative Expenses 22.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.16
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bowers Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bowers Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bowers Museum (CA) 84.64 three stars
New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) 87.21 three stars
Portland Museum of Art (ME) 87.89 three stars
Seattle Art Museum (WA) 87.24 three stars
Mattatuck Museum (CT) 88.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,467,607
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $494,316
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,456,630
Total Contributions $3,418,553
   Program Service Revenue $931,617
Total Primary Revenue $4,350,170
   Other Revenue $1,872,683
TOTAL REVENUE $6,222,853
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,976,150
   Administrative Expenses $1,374,945
   Fundraising Expenses $287,916
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,639,011
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $583,842
   
Net Assets $20,390,724

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
Exhibitions $1,749,241 44.0%
Education and Public Programs $1,453,996 36.6%
Research and Collections $772,913 19.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 84.64 three stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 82.15 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 83.32 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 83.56 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.87 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 82.78 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 79.93 two stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 80.52 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 76.76 two stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 77.94 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 73.48 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 02/01/2011 80.35 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 73.93 two stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 91.47 four stars
2006-06 10/01/2007 91.45 four stars
2005-06 12/01/2006 84.58 three stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 68.78 one star

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

EIN 33-0106161
Name in IRS Master File CHARLES W BOWERS MUSEUM CORPORATION
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 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 October, 1985
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
$501,000 8.88% Peter Keller President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bowers Museum (CA) 84.64 three stars
The Speed Art Museum (KY) 95.91 four stars
Allentown Art Museum (PA) 88.59 three stars
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA) 92.24 four stars
Centre Pompidou Foundation (CA) 92.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
tel: (714) 567-3639
EIN: 33-0106161

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Board Leadership

Anne Shih
Chairwoman

CEO

Peter C. Keller
President

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