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Atlanta History Center

Connecting people, history, and culture

four stars

91.37

130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30305
tel: (404) 814-4000   Web Site
EIN: 58-0566162

Board Leadership
Howard Palefsky
Chair

CEO
Sheffield Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.37 four stars
  Financial 88.47 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Formed in 1926 as the Atlanta Historical Society, the Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that includes the Atlanta History Museum, three historic houses (the Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and Wood Family Cabin), 22 acres of historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center, a free public archive and research facility that collects materials conveying the history and culture of Atlanta and the American south. The History Center also owns and runs the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

The History Center seeks to promote the values of democracy, civic participation, and inclusivity by encouraging Atlanta's diverse constituents to learn about and engage with local history. To this end, the History Center uses its buildings, gardens, and collections to bring history to life for visitors year round, with the aid of exhibitions, museum theater performances, author lectures, toddler programs, homeschool days, school tours, summer camps, and family festivals.

Formed in 1926 as the Atlanta Historical Society, the Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that includes the Atlanta History Museum, three historic houses (the Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and Wood Family Cabin), 22 acres of historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center, a free public archive and research facility that collects materials conveying the history and culture of Atlanta and the American south. The History Center also owns and runs the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

The History Center seeks to promote the values of democracy, civic participation, and inclusivity by encouraging Atlanta's diverse constituents to learn about and engage with local history. To this end, the History Center uses its buildings, gardens, and collections to bring history to life for visitors year round, with the aid of exhibitions, museum theater performances, author lectures, toddler programs, homeschool days, school tours, summer camps, and family festivals.

Financial

three stars

88.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
70.9%
  Administrative Expenses 25.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.50
  Program Expenses Growth 14.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Atlanta History Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Atlanta History Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Atlanta History Center (GA) 91.37 four stars
Humanities Texas (TX) 87.91 three stars
Maryland Center for History and Culture (MD) 87.74 three stars
French Heritage Society (NY) 91.39 four stars
The South Carolina Historical Society (SC) 88.26 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,688,899
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $398,770
   Fundraising Events $996,062
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $78,500
Total Contributions $5,162,231
   Program Service Revenue $1,769,350
Total Primary Revenue $6,931,581
   Other Revenue $7,979,832
TOTAL REVENUE $14,911,413
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,193,428
   Administrative Expenses $2,762,363
   Fundraising Expenses $629,847
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,585,638
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $325,775
   
Net Assets $151,735,273

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
History Center Operations $9,687,263 86.5%
Exhibitions $1,506,165 13.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2021 91.37 four stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 88.82 three stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 89.26 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 87.98 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 87.14 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 81.67 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 84.70 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.62 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 78.63 two stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 81.73 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 75.00 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 64.65 one star
2009-06 07/01/2010 63.73 one star
2008-06 10/01/2009 64.60 one star
2007-06 09/01/2008 87.40 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 92.69 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 79.23 two stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 83.08 three 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 58-0566162
Name in IRS Master File ATLANTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 August, 1944
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
$428,774 2.93% Frank Hale President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Atlanta History Center (GA) 91.37 four stars
Center for Jewish History (NY) 90.64 four stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 89.33 three stars
Rhode Island Historical Society (RI) 86.90 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
tel: (404) 814-4000
EIN: 58-0566162

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Board Leadership

Howard Palefsky
Chair

CEO

Sheffield Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer

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