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EIN: 52-1098281


The Baltimore Science Fiction Society exists to promote the creation and appreciation of science fiction and fantasy cultural arts. Primarily through literary art forms, but also embracing the many related graphical, musical, and theatrical creations inspired by SF.

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Dale Arnold

Main address

PO Box 686

Baltimore, MD 21203 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

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NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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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?

BSFS Library

A lending library open to the public of Science Fiction and Fantasy works.

Population(s) Served

to honor the best first novel of
the year written by an individual author in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre. The list of books is
published in the monthly newsletter and online so all club members will have a chance to read and vote.
Effective 2014, the eligibility determination year was changed. The award is now presented for the best first
novel in the genre published in the 1 December to 30 November period of the the previous two years.
Complete rules and eligibility requirements are available on the Compton Crook web page. The winning author
is invited to Balticon (BSFS pays transportation and lodging) and presented with the cash award. Compton
Crook, who used the nom de plume Stephen Tall, died in 1981. He was a long-time Baltimore resident, Towson
University professor, and, of course, a science fiction author.

Population(s) Served

our annual regional science fiction & fantasy convention, features authors, editors, publishers,
artists, filmmakers, and, most importantly, fans. Balticon has speeches by our guests, author readings, panels,
slide shows, films, videos, an art show, a dealers room, board gaming, card gaming (collectible and otherwise),
a masquerade show (costume contest), science programming, a writers’ workshop, a poetry workshop, and
much, much more. Up to the year 2000, Balticon was traditionally held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of
Easter weekend in a Baltimore area hotel. As of 2001, Balticon moved to the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and
Monday of Memorial Day weekend!! See the Balticon web page for more information or contact BSFS to have
your name added to our mailing list.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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 1067.30 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 info

This snapshot of BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY INCORPORATED’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 $138,049 -$92,623 $13,525 -$21,386 -$27,820
As % of expenses 141.2% -49.1% 43.8% -40.6% -25.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $133,039 -$96,504 $11,803 -$27,616 -$32,685
As % of expenses 129.4% -50.2% 36.2% -46.8% -28.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $217,876 $114,167 $44,396 $31,347 $82,236
Total revenue, % change over prior year 84.9% -47.6% -61.1% -29.4% 162.3%
Program services revenue 91.4% 86.2% 26.4% 0.0% 71.8%
Membership dues 1.5% 3.9% 3.2% 9.9% 2.9%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.0% 9.3%
All other grants and contributions 6.9% 7.2% 69.0% 73.9% 11.3%
Other revenue 0.2% 2.6% 0.9% 0.0% 4.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $97,782 $188,480 $30,871 $52,733 $110,056
Total expenses, % change over prior year 30.9% 92.8% -83.6% 70.8% 108.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 23.9% 2.4% 0.0% 40.3% 5.1%
Occupancy 7.1% 3.8% 2.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.9% 22.9% 11.7% -0.1% 3.9%
All other expenses 66.0% 70.9% 86.2% 59.9% 90.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $102,792 $192,361 $32,593 $58,963 $114,921
One month of savings $8,149 $15,707 $2,573 $4,394 $9,171
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $10,085 $25,812 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $110,941 $218,153 $60,978 $63,357 $124,092

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 36.8 14.4 83.1 43.4 18.0
Months of cash and investments 36.8 14.4 83.1 43.4 18.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 30.2 10.4 85.1 44.4 18.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $299,650 $226,162 $213,814 $190,738 $165,274
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $146
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $111,267 $125,281 $151,093 $153,560 $153,560
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 81.7% 78.8% 66.5% 69.5% 74.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $266,104 $190,597 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $33,168 $32,078 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $20,340 $34,391 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $53,508 $66,469 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $319,612 $257,066 $269,528 $241,912 $209,227

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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Dale Arnold

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 10/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Patti Kinlock

Dale Arnold

Patti Kinlock

Maria Markham Thompson

Dr. Eric Fleischer

Steven Joel Zeve

Sylvan Rosewood

Paulette Yakira Heistand

Michael Rafferty

Elizabeth Sullivan

Kelly Shannon Pierce

Paul O'Neil

Megan Allen-Kingsland

Leona Thompson

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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 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.