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Museum of Discovery and Science

Providing experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science

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four stars

92.47

401 Southwest Second Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
tel: (954) 713-0942   Web Site
EIN: 59-1709542

Board Leadership
Kenneth Stiles
Chairman

CEO
Joseph Cox
President/CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.47 four stars
  Financial 91.98 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults. Originally opened in 1977 as the Discovery Center, MODS serves more than 400,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County (serving approximately 90,000 students on school-sponsored field trips). Visitors explore the impressive 145,000 SF facility and discover an open-air grand atrium, 30 interactive permanent exhibits, quarterly traveling exhibits, an outdoor science park, a live animal collection, a schedule of science shows, demonstrations, lectures and special presentations in the 100-seat Keller Science Theater, a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences, well as a full menu of educational documentary and cutting-edge films in the 300 seat IMAX Theater.

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults. Originally opened in 1977 as the Discovery Center, MODS serves more than 400,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County (serving approximately 90,000 students on school-sponsored field trips). Visitors explore the impressive 145,000 SF facility and discover an open-air grand atrium, 30 interactive permanent exhibits, quarterly traveling exhibits, an outdoor science park, a live animal collection, a schedule of science shows, demonstrations, lectures and special presentations in the 100-seat Keller Science Theater, a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences, well as a full menu of educational documentary and cutting-edge films in the 300 seat IMAX Theater.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of teachers trained
460
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.98

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

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)
85.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.00
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Discovery and Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Discovery and Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 92.47 four stars
Science Museum Oklahoma (OK) 97.15 four stars
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (TX) 87.91 three stars
Science Central (IN) 88.58 three stars
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 90.59 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,606,220
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $267,588
   Fundraising Events $860,918
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,319,159
Total Contributions $5,053,885
   Program Service Revenue $4,488,787
Total Primary Revenue $9,542,672
   Other Revenue $244,402
TOTAL REVENUE $9,787,074
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,125,621
   Administrative Expenses $856,240
   Fundraising Expenses $536,110
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,517,971
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $269,103
   
Net Assets $30,803,203

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
Collections & Exhibits $3,496,342 43.0%
Theater & Visitors $3,222,102 39.7%
Educational Programs $1,407,177 17.3%

Ratings History
Museum of Discovery and Science has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 92.47 four stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 96.64 four stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 85.58 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 84.73 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.02 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 84.34 three stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 84.87 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 84.65 three stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 79.38 two stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 88.20 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/24/2010 91.89 four stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 92.44 four stars
2007-09 06/01/2008 92.67 four stars
2006-09 06/01/2007 88.12 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 84.12 three stars
2004-09 06/01/2005 78.25 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 59-1709542
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE INC
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(296) Community center
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 March, 1979
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, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$267,883 2.81% Kim L. Cavendish President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 92.47 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.80 four stars
Discovery Place (NC) 90.80 four stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 87.94 three stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 89.52 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Museum of Discovery and Science
401 Southwest Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
tel: (954) 713-0942
fax: (954) 467-0046
EIN: 59-1709542

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Board Leadership

Kenneth Stiles
Chairman

CEO

Joseph Cox
President/CEO

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