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Virginia Living Museum

Connecting people to nature through educational experiences

four stars

94.73

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard Newport News, VA 23601
tel: (757) 595-1900   Web Site
EIN: 54-6055922

Board Leadership
James C. Burnett
President

CEO
Rebecca Kleinhample
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.73 four stars
  Financial 93.72 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In 1987, the Virginia Living Museum became the first living museum east of the Mississippi, combining the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium. The exhibits showcase all of the state's regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species. The Museum's unique exhibits are also a vital component in its extensive education programming. The museum believes in hands-on education; that by experiencing science it will become memorable. More than two million students have visited the museum since 1987.

In 1987, the Virginia Living Museum became the first living museum east of the Mississippi, combining the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium. The exhibits showcase all of the state's regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species. The Museum's unique exhibits are also a vital component in its extensive education programming. The museum believes in hands-on education; that by experiencing science it will become memorable. More than two million students have visited the museum since 1987.

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Financial

four stars

93.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
85.0%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.93
  Program Expenses Growth 1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Living Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Living Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
CuriOdyssey (CA) 85.53 three stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 91.69 four stars
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX) 89.15 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $79,918
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,038,103
   Fundraising Events $203,722
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $697,782
Total Contributions $2,019,525
   Program Service Revenue $1,970,825
Total Primary Revenue $3,990,350
   Other Revenue $78,855
TOTAL REVENUE $4,069,205
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,119,741
   Administrative Expenses $506,119
   Fundraising Expenses $222,102
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,847,962
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-778,757
   
Net Assets $18,885,165

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
Virginia Living Museum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 94.73 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.94 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 89.95 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 90.96 four stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 88.54 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.94 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 78.57 two stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 80.55 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 82.51 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 82.82 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.31 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 85.64 three stars
2009-06 11/24/2010 77.26 two stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 87.49 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 93.32 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 95.88 four stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 92.96 four stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 96.03 four 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 54-6055922
Name in IRS Master File VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM INC
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science 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 May, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,000 2.06% Rebecca Kleinhample Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 four stars
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum (TX) 91.68 four stars
Houston Museum of Natural Science (TX) 88.76 three stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 92.66 four stars
Fleet Science Center (CA) 86.78 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23601
tel: (757) 595-1900
fax: (757) 599-4897
EIN: 54-6055922

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Board Leadership

James C. Burnett
President

CEO

Rebecca Kleinhample
Executive Director

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