Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

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Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

EIN: 59-0838924


Established in 1957, the Tallahassee Museum encourages people to reach their full potential and contribute to a better sense of community, purpose, and place by inspiring them to care for their natural world and value the role of history in their lives. Educational exhibits, programs, and publications highlight the relationships between the region's history, culture, and natural environment and encourage people to make become wise stewards of their natural and historical resources. Additionally, the Museum serves as a public trust for the collection, preservation, and conservation of the region's historic artifacts and buildings (primarily from the 1800s forward), natural science specimens, and native wildlife that are at risk in a region and state facing rapid development and growth.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Russell Daws

Main address

3945 Museum Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32310 USA

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Formerly known as

Tallahassee Junior Museum, Inc.



Subject area info

Arts and culture


History museums

Natural history museums

Population served info


NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Programs and results

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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?

Historic and Cultural Education

The Tallahassee Museum is nationally accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and consists of a beautiful 52 acre campus where historic buildings (14) and associated artifacts (15,000), a living collection of native animals (50) in their natural habitats (11), and a nineteenth century farmstead are housed. The Museum also features temporary and nationally traveling history and science exhibits, a hands-on Discovery Center, nature trails, gardens, and a nationally accredited preschool program. Approximately, 2,000 educational programs, living history demonstrations and Animal Encounters are presented annually, both on the Museum's grounds and through outreach services into the region. Programs are tailored for audiences ranging from preschool through senior citizens. The Museum annually hosts a number of special community events including the Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival, the Summer Swamp Stomp Music Festival, and Market Days, one of the southeast's largest arts and crafts shows and sales.

The Museum serves approximately 150,000 people a year which includes approximately 25,000 school children from 37 of Florida's 67 counties.

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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 free admissions

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Totals By Year
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Historic and Cultural Education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.61 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $198,059 $131,316 $273,010 $965,916 $0
As % of expenses 8.9% 5.9% 13.5% 51.8% 0.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $38,459 -$29,247 $107,141 $778,416 $0
As % of expenses 1.6% -1.2% 4.9% 37.9% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,359,644 $2,406,161 $2,426,683 $2,794,283 $0
Total revenue, % change over prior year -8.7% 2.0% 0.9% 15.1% 0.0%
Program services revenue 60.6% 56.2% 37.4% 44.1% 0.0%
Membership dues 1.3% 1.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.1% 1.0% 1.1% 0.8% 0.0%
Government grants 20.3% 16.5% 29.5% 33.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 11.4% 12.1% 18.3% 8.4% 0.0%
Other revenue 5.2% 13.1% 12.7% 13.5% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,226,951 $2,215,586 $2,024,274 $1,863,890 $0
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.0% -0.5% -8.6% -7.9% -100.0%
Personnel 66.7% 66.8% 68.8% 63.6% 0.0%
Professional fees 1.5% 1.5% 1.6% 1.8% 0.0%
Occupancy 3.8% 3.2% 3.6% 3.9% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.0% 28.5% 26.1% 30.7% 0.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,386,551 $2,376,149 $2,190,143 $2,051,390 $0
One month of savings $185,579 $184,632 $168,690 $155,324 $0
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $4,093 $0
Fixed asset additions $210,975 $0 $266,717 $396,576 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,783,105 $2,560,781 $2,625,550 $2,607,383 $0

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.2 1.9 2.7 8.3 0.0
Months of cash and investments 6.8 6.8 8.1 15.3 0.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.1 4.3 4.9 9.0 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $416,666 $346,774 $461,982 $1,293,956 $0
Investments $837,421 $913,608 $912,831 $1,080,946 $0
Receivables $5,216 $37,586 $45,354 $32,436 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,255,282 $4,361,649 $4,626,402 $4,890,001 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.2% 67.5% 67.1% 64.6% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 11.8% 11.6% 10.5% 16.8% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,248,695 $2,219,448 $2,326,589 $3,105,005 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $10,131 $54,714 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $240,000 $240,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $250,131 $294,714 $386,389 $410,239 $0
Total net assets $2,498,826 $2,514,162 $2,712,978 $3,515,244 $0

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Mr. Russell Daws

Russell S. Daws, President/CEO is responsible for carrying out board policy and strategic plans, overall financial development for the Museum, bringing policy questions to the board, providing the board with current and complete financial information, and directing all operational work within the Museum. Daws has 40 years of museum experience, and currently serves as an AAM accreditation reviewer and IMLS grant reviewer. He is Past Chair and member of the Leon County Tourist Development Council; Past President and current board member of the Florida Association of Museums; Past Secretary and member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association-Tallahassee Chapter board and Executive Committee member of the Big Bend Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity. He has served on the faculties of FSU, Temple University, and Antioch College and is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and the Philadelphia Urban Studies Program. Daws has a BA in biology.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Allen McConnaughhay

Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer, McConnaughhay

Term: 2021 - 2023

Malinda Horton

Florida Association of Museums

Eryn Calabro

Leon County Office of Management and Budget

Park Broome


Larry Kubiak

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Allen McConnaughhay

Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer & McConnaughhay

Mike Rupp


Rob Vickers

Florida House of Representatives

Scott Mixon

Georgia Pacific

Claude Lilly

Lauren Applewhite

Elizabeth Rosario

Kim Ortloff

Kimberly Smiley

Ken Silvestri

George Avant

Avant Financial

Richard Moore


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 11/4/2019

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2019

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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