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IMAGINE CHILDRENS MUSEUM

Everett, WA   |  www.imaginecm.org

Mission

The mission of Imagine Children's Museum is to utilize playful learning to enrich children's lives. We are committed to: Celebrating creativity and imagination; Helping young learners thrive; Instilling a community connection; Learning experiences powered by play; Developing unique exhibits and programs; Reaching out to all children; Embracing diversity and inclusion; and Nurturing child/caring adult interaction. We better our community by serving as a resource for schools, family service organizations and other nonprofits that share the common goal of improving children's lives.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Nancy Johnson

Main address

1502 Wall St

Everett, WA 98201 USA

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EIN

94-3153591

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine Children's Museum aims to fill the vital need for education enrichment opportunities in our community through playful learning. It is a gathering place, and treasured resource for families, school groups, youth organizations and social service agencies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Admission Night

Free Admission Night delivers the gift of time for all children and their families to be together within a safe learning environment. This is particularly vital to the academic, social and emotional growth and wellbeing of the families who cannot otherwise afford to visit Imagine.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Science Club focuses on giving at-risk youth memorable afterschool science experiences. Afterschool enrichment keeps kids safe, instills a sense of belonging and stretches young minds by introducing them to new ideas through examination and experimentation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Discovery Club is a summer program for students dramatically behind in reading. The intensive literacy program helps prepare at-risk children for reading competency by infusing the skills and self-confidence they need to succeed in school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

General & member admissions benefit the community with the power of play.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Member admissions benefit the community with the power of play.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The inclusion program provides private time for children with sensory processing difficulties to visit the Museum.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association for Advancement of Science - Member 2017

American Association for Advancement of Science - Member 2017

American Alliance of Museums 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Imagine Children's Museum was closed from February 2020 through June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free Admission Night

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Imagine Children's Museum was closed from February 2020 through June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

General & member admissions

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Imagine Children's Museum was closed from February 2020 through June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Imagine Children's Museum is to utilize playful learning to enrich children's lives
We are committed to:
Celebrating creativity and imagination
Helping young learners thrive
Instilling a community connection
Learning experiences powered by play
Developing unique exhibits and programs
Reaching out to all children
Embracing diversity and inclusion
Nurturing child/caring adult interaction

Vision: Imagine Children's Museum is a leader in playful learning, helping children and families to thrive strengthening the community

Strategic planning has been, and will remain, a foundational piece of Imagine Children's Museum's desire and drive for continuous improvement. The Board's commitment to strategic planning success is supported by a sustainability fund that can help cover costs which were unable to be fully identified during the initial planning process.

Strategic goals for 2016-2021

Broaden playful learning opportunities and experiences
Strategy 1:
Advance innovative programs and exhibits that support the Five Domains of Child Development
Strategy 2:
Increase opportunities for parents and caregivers to gain knowledge and skills
Strategy 3:
Create a culture of belonging and acceptance

Grow community engagement
Strategy 1:
Expand meaningful collaborations, partnerships and networks
Strategy 2:
Raise awareness of the Museum to the communities we serve
Strategy 3
Heighten understanding of the connection between play, learning and lifelong success
Strategy 4:
Expand volunteer and internship opportunities to help realize the Museum's mission

Strengthen our organization for the future
Strategy 1:
Plan for mission driven sustainable evolution
Strategy 2:
Build the Museum's accountability and credibility
Strategy 3:
Grow fund development capabilities, relationships and revenue streams
Strategy 4:
Cultivate, develop and support organizational leadership that will allow the Museum to transition successfully into the future

One of Imagine Children's Museum's greatest resources is it outstanding staff. With 11 full-time and 31 part-time committed and enthusiastic staff members, we maximize the Museum's impact by ensuring continuous professional development that helps shape content and delivery benefiting those we serve.

Members of Imagine Children's Museum Board of Directors are major assets beyond their diverse backgrounds and professional strengths. Each are invested through commitments of their time and willingness to participate in the fundraising process.

Partnerships within the community.

In February 2017, Imagine Children's Museum earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, which nationally recognizes a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. There are 33,000 museums in the U.S. Of those, just over 1,000 are accredited, and fewer than 20 are children's museums.

Imagine has been recognized both locally and nationally for its exhibits and programs including:
• “Best Museum for Kids'' by Nickelodeon's Parent Pick Awards;
• Thrive Washington's "Discoveries from the Field" grant (2014-2016);
• Washington State LASER Award for advancing science education in innovative ways (2013);
• Science Beyond Boundaries selected Imagine as one of 17 science centers and children's museums to participate in their national Early Learner's Collaborative (2012-15). Data from the project has been published as a resource for other museums across the globe.

In addition to its reputation for quality programming, Imagine is noted for the soundness of its fiscal operations. Charity Navigator recognizes Imagine with a Four-star Charity rating exemplifying fiscal strength and responsibility. Imagine was also recently awarded a clean audit after a comprehensive review of its financials.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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IMAGINE CHILDRENS MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clay Wertheimer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data