Better Business Bureau Report for
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2016


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Charity Contact Information

Name: The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Address: 2430 North Cannon Drive
  Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-755-5124
Web Address: www.naturemuseum.org
Also known as:Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1865, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. The institution fosters environmental learning through the exhibits and education programs of the Museum and through the Academy's collections, research, symposiums, publications, events and other activities. They build understanding of global environmental issues by interpreting the effect those issues have on the Midwest.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

The Nature Museum annually serves 70,000 students and 21,0700 educators through its science and nature programs, which include workshops, field trips, hands-on science labs taught at the Museum and in classrooms, and professional development resources. A team of on-staff educators facilitates these programs for Chicago area students and teachers. Additionally, the Museum serves thousands of visitors through its interactive exhibits that also strive to inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. Permanent and rotating exhibits feature live animals, such as the 75 species of butterflies on view daily in their Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, and the history of our region’s past, as demonstrated through some of their collection specimens on display. Current environmental topics, such as recycling and climate change, are highlighted through additional exhibits like The Extreme Green House and more. These exhibits are supplemented with live animal and other educator-led experiences at the Museum. In 2005, the Museum welcomed its 1 millionth visitor since opening in 1999.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's program expenses were:

  
Exhibitions 2,082,261
Education 1,412,177
Biology 1,101,976
Total Program Expenses: $4,596,414
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Deborah Lahey, President & Chief Executive Officer
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Susan Whiting
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 44

Paid Staff Size: 63

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, membership
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,157,005, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status

              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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Financial

              

The following information is based on The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and special events 3,638,711
Grants, contracts and program fees 1,097,205
Distributions from the Chicago Park District 993,771
private events and other income 427,318
Admissions 316,130
Gift shop 212,691
Membership 167,131
Change in value of beneficial interest in perpetual trust 70,667
Change in value of charitable remainder trust 9,140
Interest income 1,822
Total Income $6,934,586


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $6,934,586
Program expenses $4,596,414
Fund raising expenses 360,155
Administrative expenses 1,325,841
Total expenses $6,282,410
Income in Excess of Expenses 652,176
Beginning net assets 13,439,830
Ending net assets 13,418,402
Total liabilities 6,187,380
Total assets $19,605,782


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