Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

To open every mind to science.

four stars

90.83

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

Board Leadership
Matthew Lorentzen
Chairman

CEO
Lew Crampton
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.83 four stars
  Financial 87.04 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/04/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

87.04

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/04/2019 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 19.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.99
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.6%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,979,177
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $296,542
   Fundraising Events $255,227
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $510,614
Total Contributions $4,041,560
   Program Service Revenue $1,739,929
Total Primary Revenue $5,781,489
   Other Revenue $15,974
TOTAL REVENUE $5,797,463
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,756,044
   Administrative Expenses $595,450
   Fundraising Expenses $82,182
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,433,676
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,363,787
   
Net Assets $10,270,460

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$101,536 2.95% Lewis Crampton President
Other Salaries of Note
$80,180 2.33% Katherine Arrizza CEO

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 90.83 four stars
Discovery Center of Springfield (MO) 85.38 three stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 90.96 four stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.01 four stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.45 four 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

Lew Crampton
President