Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The Massachusetts Historical Society

An independent research library founded in 1791

four stars

90.85

1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 536-1608   Web Site
EIN: 04-2108374

Board Leadership
Paul W. Sandman
Chair

CEO
Catherine Allgor
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.85 four stars
  Financial 87.07 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. In the two centuries since the founding of the MHS, its mission has remained constant: to collect, preserve, make accessible, and communicate manuscripts that promote the study of Massachusetts and the nation. The institution today encompasses five programmatic areas: library, publications, research programs, The Adams Papers, and education and public programming.

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. In the two centuries since the founding of the MHS, its mission has remained constant: to collect, preserve, make accessible, and communicate manuscripts that promote the study of Massachusetts and the nation. The institution today encompasses five programmatic areas: library, publications, research programs, The Adams Papers, and education and public programming.

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Financial

three stars

87.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
69.5%
  Administrative Expenses 23.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 13.09
  Program Expenses Growth 8.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Massachusetts Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Massachusetts Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,672,248
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $174,678
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $758,726
Total Contributions $3,605,652
   Program Service Revenue $210,681
Total Primary Revenue $3,816,333
   Other Revenue $13,752
TOTAL REVENUE $3,830,085
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,631,554
   Administrative Expenses $1,208,780
   Fundraising Expenses $416,190
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,256,524
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,426,439
   
Net Assets $96,282,762

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$269,045 4.30% Dennis A. Fiori President

Mission

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. In the two centuries since the founding of the MHS, its mission has remained constant: to collect, preserve, make accessible, and communicate manuscripts that promote the study of Massachusetts and the nation. The institution today encompasses five programmatic areas: library, publications, research programs, The Adams Papers, and education and public programming.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 90.85 four stars
The Filson Historical Society (KY) 88.31 three stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
Greenwich Historical Society (CT) 92.13 four stars
The Explorers Club (NY) 87.66 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 536-1608
fax: (617) 859-0074
EIN: 04-2108374

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Board Leadership

Paul W. Sandman
Chair

CEO

Catherine Allgor
President