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Cherokee National Historical Society

Preserving the history and culture of the Cherokee people

two stars

73.86

21192 Keeler Drive Park Hill, OK 74451
tel: (888) 999-6007   Web Site
EIN: 73-6103406

Board Leadership
Brenda Lawrence Partain
President

CEO
Brenda Lawrence Partain
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 73.86 two stars
  Financial 68.29 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Cherokee National Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of visionary Cherokee citizens who shared a desire to establish a permanent culture keeping institution for the Cherokee people. To accomplish their goals, they established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The mission of the Center is to promote, preserve and teach the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center's Education Department helps further the mission by presenting programs that incorporate the Cherokee culture through hosting a variety of hands-on cultural classes, special living classroom events, Cherokee games and offering a college level studies program for adult students.

The Cherokee National Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of visionary Cherokee citizens who shared a desire to establish a permanent culture keeping institution for the Cherokee people. To accomplish their goals, they established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The mission of the Center is to promote, preserve and teach the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center's Education Department helps further the mission by presenting programs that incorporate the Cherokee culture through hosting a variety of hands-on cultural classes, special living classroom events, Cherokee games and offering a college level studies program for adult students.

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Financial

one star

68.29

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
56.1%
  Administrative Expenses 31.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.42
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cherokee National Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cherokee National Historical Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cherokee National Historical Society (OK) 73.86 two stars
Minnesota Historical Society (MN) 87.79 three stars
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.14 four stars
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 96.55 four stars
Western Reserve Historical Society (OH) 93.03 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $158,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $14,190
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $925,942
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,098,132
   Program Service Revenue $185,608
Total Primary Revenue $1,283,740
   Other Revenue $83,964
TOTAL REVENUE $1,367,704
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $807,487
   Administrative Expenses $484,544
   Fundraising Expenses $122,404
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,414,435
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-46,731
   
Net Assets $2,335,217

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 73.86 two stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 73.83 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 58.58 one star
2015-12 05/01/2017 70.04 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 69.92 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 65.76 one star
2013-12 07/01/2015 63.89 one star
2012-12 05/01/2014 67.05 one star
2011-12 06/01/2013 69.75 one star
2010-12 04/01/2012 87.11 three stars
2009-12 12/01/2011 87.39 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 72.28 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 90.37 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 71.21 two stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 66.43 one star
2006-12 02/01/2008 77.89 two stars
2005-12 06/01/2007 67.43 one star
2004-12 01/01/2006 74.76 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2005 91.01 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 73-6103406
Name in IRS Master File CHEROKEE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
(923) Indians (tribes, cultures, etc.)
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 July, 1964
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cherokee National Historical Society (OK) 73.86 two stars
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 90.85 four stars
New England Historic Genealogical Society (MA) 87.58 three stars
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 90.15 four stars
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cherokee National Historical Society
21192 Keeler Drive
Park Hill, OK 74451
tel: (888) 999-6007
EIN: 73-6103406

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 515
Tahlequah, OK 74465

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Board Leadership

Brenda Lawrence Partain
President

CEO

Brenda Lawrence Partain
Interim Executive Director

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