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Liberty Science Center

Connecting nature, humanity, and technology

four stars

95.73

Liberty State Park 222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
tel: (201) 253-1327   Web Site
EIN: 22-2302253

Board Leadership
David Barry & Stephen R. Howe, Jr.
Co-Chairs

CEO
Paul Hoffman
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.73 four stars
  Financial 95.48 four 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.

Liberty Science Center (LSC) is dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues. First opened in 1993, LSC engages diverse audiences in relevant issues that connect nature, humanity and technology. Through innovative and meaningful experiences, we inspire action to strengthen communities and advance global stewardship. LSC re-opened in July 2007 after a nearly two-year, $109 million renovation with all-new exhibitions, a 20,000 square-foot center devoted to science learning and teaching, and a focus on making a difference in society - and inspiring others to do the same.

Liberty Science Center (LSC) is dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues. First opened in 1993, LSC engages diverse audiences in relevant issues that connect nature, humanity and technology. Through innovative and meaningful experiences, we inspire action to strengthen communities and advance global stewardship. LSC re-opened in July 2007 after a nearly two-year, $109 million renovation with all-new exhibitions, a 20,000 square-foot center devoted to science learning and teaching, and a focus on making a difference in society - and inspiring others to do the same.

Financial

four stars

95.48

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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.34
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Liberty Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Liberty Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 95.73 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
Science Central (IN) 88.55 three stars
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 91.60 four stars
Discovery Place (NC) 89.17 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,717,725
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,265,140
   Fundraising Events $2,807,393
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,712,714
Total Contributions $16,502,972
   Program Service Revenue $12,870,390
Total Primary Revenue $29,373,362
   Other Revenue $1,582,810
TOTAL REVENUE $30,956,172
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,651,430
   Administrative Expenses $4,010,393
   Fundraising Expenses $1,830,583
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,492,406
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $463,766
   
Net Assets $101,834,103

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Liberty Science Center has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2021 95.73 four stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 91.88 four stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 91.45 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 89.12 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 84.29 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.65 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 78.92 two stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 88.79 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 85.87 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 79.22 two stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 85.74 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 85.49 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 83.27 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 82.62 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 73.22 two stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 79.04 two stars
2005-06 12/01/2006 79.13 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 57.71 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 22-2302253
Name in IRS Master File LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER 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 (179) Other health services
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 December, 1982
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
$725,364 2.37% Paul Hoffman President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 95.73 four stars
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Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74 four stars
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 92.93 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.03 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
tel: (201) 253-1327
EIN: 22-2302253

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Board Leadership

David Barry & Stephen R. Howe, Jr.
Co-Chairs

CEO

Paul Hoffman
President, CEO

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