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

The South Carolina Historical Society

Collecting, preserving, and publishing the state's history

three stars

84.84

100 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
tel: (843) 723-3225   Web Site
EIN: 57-0323800

Board Leadership
William Cain
President

CEO
Faye Jensen
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.84 three stars
  Financial 81.61 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In 1855 some of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens came together to record and preserve the past - for the sake of the future. Motivating them was the fear that if they did not act, South Carolina's rich historical legacy would be lost to future generations. They founded the South Carolina Historical Society, which today is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. The mandate of our founders remains our mission today: to collect information respecting every portion of our state, to preserve it, and when deemed advisable, to publish it. The Society's holdings are vast and grow constantly with the addition of materials from 200 years ago and from two weeks ago.

In 1855 some of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens came together to record and preserve the past - for the sake of the future. Motivating them was the fear that if they did not act, South Carolina's rich historical legacy would be lost to future generations. They founded the South Carolina Historical Society, which today is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. The mandate of our founders remains our mission today: to collect information respecting every portion of our state, to preserve it, and when deemed advisable, to publish it. The Society's holdings are vast and grow constantly with the addition of materials from 200 years ago and from two weeks ago.

Financial

three stars

81.61

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
75.8%
  Administrative Expenses 18.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.05
  Program Expenses Growth -0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The South Carolina Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The South Carolina Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The South Carolina Historical Society (SC) 84.84 three stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.52 three stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 85.00 three stars
Georgia Historical Society (GA) 92.97 four stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 91.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $615,611
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $205,518
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $10,000
Total Contributions $831,129
   Program Service Revenue $93,783
Total Primary Revenue $924,912
   Other Revenue $273,756
TOTAL REVENUE $1,198,668
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $711,030
   Administrative Expenses $168,118
   Fundraising Expenses $71,600
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $950,748
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $247,920
   
Net Assets $10,698,823

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
Publishing $117,395 16.5%
Addlestone Library $67,752 9.5%
Maintaining of Collections $62,365 8.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 09/01/2018 84.84 three stars
2016-12 12/01/2017 80.37 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 90.78 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 88.49 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 81.04 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.33 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 80.95 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 90.26 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 77.37 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 79.21 two stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 85.08 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 05/01/2010 82.00 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 83.90 three stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 82.42 three stars
2005-12 07/01/2006 89.79 three stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 77.32 two stars
2003-12 08/01/2005 87.87 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 57-0323800
Name in IRS Master File SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A82
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(61) Library
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 May, 1941
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 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
$82,122 8.63% Faye Jenson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The South Carolina Historical Society (SC) 84.84 three stars
The New-York Historical Society (NY) 91.22 four stars
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 85.44 three stars
Society of the Cincinnati (DC) 88.52 three stars
Oregon Historical Society (OR) 92.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
tel: (843) 723-3225
EIN: 57-0323800

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Board Leadership

William Cain
President

CEO

Faye Jensen
Executive Director

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