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Science Center of Iowa

The experience is yours

three stars

88.53

401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, IA 50309
tel: (515) 274-6868   Web Site
EIN: 42-6097912

Board Leadership
Chris Nelson
Chairman

CEO
Curt Simmons
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.53 three stars
  Financial 88.08 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) is a center devoted to lifelong learning featuring six dynamic experience platforms and where visitors can explore and experiment. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor, the programmatic emphasis is not on what to learn, but how to learn. SCI strives to be the highest quality resource inspiring scientific exploration through interactive education, exhibits, and programs. Our goal is to be a quality community resource for informal science learning where children, families, school groups and individuals come to explore science and technology. SCI also showcases a 216-seat Blank IMAX Dome Theater, a 175-seat John Deere Adventure Theater featuring live performances, and a 50 foot domed Star Theater.

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) is a center devoted to lifelong learning featuring six dynamic experience platforms and where visitors can explore and experiment. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor, the programmatic emphasis is not on what to learn, but how to learn. SCI strives to be the highest quality resource inspiring scientific exploration through interactive education, exhibits, and programs. Our goal is to be a quality community resource for informal science learning where children, families, school groups and individuals come to explore science and technology. SCI also showcases a 216-seat Blank IMAX Dome Theater, a 175-seat John Deere Adventure Theater featuring live performances, and a 50 foot domed Star Theater.

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Financial

three stars

88.08

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.70
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Center of Iowa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Center of Iowa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 88.53 three stars
Pacific Science Center (WA) 90.48 four stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.45 four stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 87.94 three stars
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 89.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,260,579
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $106,200
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $377,558
Total Contributions $1,744,337
   Program Service Revenue $4,748,216
Total Primary Revenue $6,492,553
   Other Revenue $287,953
TOTAL REVENUE $6,780,506
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,051,372
   Administrative Expenses $822,618
   Fundraising Expenses $521,910
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,395,900
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-615,394
   
Net Assets $36,210,011

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
Education $1,356,560 22.4%
Exhibits $614,813 10.2%
Preschool Program $588,322 9.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 88.53 three stars
2016-09 06/01/2017 87.10 three stars
2015-09 09/01/2016 84.73 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.83 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 81.72 three stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 85.18 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 91.72 four stars
2011-09 04/01/2013 88.52 three stars
2011-09 08/01/2012 84.73 three stars
2010-09 11/01/2011 81.91 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 74.98 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 69.54 one star
2008-09 02/01/2010 78.65 two stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 78.75 two stars
2006-09 09/01/2007 90.30 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 95.67 four stars
2004-09 09/01/2005 50.00 zero 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 42-6097912
Name in IRS Master File SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA
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 (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 October, 1966
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, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$184,782 2.49% Curt Simmons President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 88.53 three stars
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (TX) 87.91 three stars
Discovery World (WI) 90.71 four stars
Pacific Science Center (WA) 90.48 four stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 90.96 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50309
tel: (515) 274-6868
fax: (515) 274-3404
EIN: 42-6097912

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Board Leadership

Chris Nelson
Chairman

CEO

Curt Simmons
President & CEO

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