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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

To open every mind to science.

four stars

93.47

4801 Dreher Trail, N West Palm Beach, FL 33405
tel: (561) 832-1988   Web Site
EIN: 59-0915177

Board Leadership
Matthew Lorentzen
Chairman

CEO
Kate Arrizza
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.47 four stars
  Financial 90.77 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is Palm Beach County's anchor institution for informal science education. The Center's 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery includes a state-of-the-art planetarium, 1,000 square foot early childhood education room, multipurpose theater, and science laboratory. The 12,000 square foot Florida Exhibit Hall includes an immersive 4,000 square foot aquarium, NOAA's Science on a Sphere, and Everglades preservation kiosks. The Quantum Hall of Exploration is a 5,000 square foot travelling exhibition space, and the outdoor Forever Florida Nature Trail includes the Conservation Course, a 18-hole miniature Everglades-themed golf course, The Center is an award-winning "best in class" community-based science center offering state of the art educational programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, maker spaces and other leading edge technical educational programs which include School Science Nights, GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science), Hack Shack Club, Maker Faire, Minecraft, Robotics, Makerbot, 3D printing and Xtreme Robotics.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is Palm Beach County's anchor institution for informal science education. The Center's 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery includes a state-of-the-art planetarium, 1,000 square foot early childhood education room, multipurpose theater, and science laboratory. The 12,000 square foot Florida Exhibit Hall includes an immersive 4,000 square foot aquarium, NOAA's Science on a Sphere, and Everglades preservation kiosks. The Quantum Hall of Exploration is a 5,000 square foot travelling exhibition space, and the outdoor Forever Florida Nature Trail includes the Conservation Course, a 18-hole miniature Everglades-themed golf course, The Center is an award-winning "best in class" community-based science center offering state of the art educational programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, maker spaces and other leading edge technical educational programs which include School Science Nights, GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science), Hack Shack Club, Maker Faire, Minecraft, Robotics, Makerbot, 3D printing and Xtreme Robotics.

Financial

four stars

90.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
77.3%
  Administrative Expenses 20.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.96
  Program Expenses Growth 10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 93.47 four stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 90.58 four stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 85.18 three stars
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Impression 5 Science Center (MI) 90.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,008,430
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $416,146
   Fundraising Events $378,708
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $401,405
Total Contributions $3,204,689
   Program Service Revenue $2,223,323
Total Primary Revenue $5,428,012
   Other Revenue $68,821
TOTAL REVENUE $5,496,833
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,348,589
   Administrative Expenses $996,085
   Fundraising Expenses $103,648
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,448,322
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,048,511
   
Net Assets $11,318,971

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
Educational Programming $1,483,422 44.3%
Science Center $1,458,859 43.6%
Visitor Experience $406,308 12.1%

Ratings History
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 93.47 four stars
2018-09 11/04/2019 90.83 four stars
2017-09 11/01/2018 90.59 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 93.16 four stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 92.93 four stars
2014-09 07/01/2016 92.76 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.23 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 94.12 four stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 92.58 four stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 82.04 three stars
2011-09 10/01/2012 74.39 two stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 76.00 two stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 67.29 one star
2009-09 09/20/2011 77.35 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 72.22 two stars
2008-09 11/01/2009 76.86 two stars
2007-09 04/01/2009 61.17 one star
2006-09 06/01/2008 59.55 one star
2005-09 04/01/2008 45.00 zero star
2004-09 08/01/2005 80.55 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 59-0915177
Name in IRS Master File SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER & AQUARIUM 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.
(59) Other school related activities
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 April, 1959
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, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$103,257 2.32% Lewis Crampton President
Other Salaries of Note
$91,500 2.05% Katherine Arrizza CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 93.47 four stars
McWane Science Center (AL) 88.11 three stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 92.34 four stars
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Discovery Place (NC) 89.17 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail, N
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
tel: (561) 832-1988
fax: (561) 370-7725
EIN: 59-0915177

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Board Leadership

Matthew Lorentzen
Chairman

CEO

Kate Arrizza
President & CEO

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