Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Every object has a story

Philadelphia, PA   |
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Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

EIN: 23-2047295



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Principal Officer

Michelle Eisenberg

Main address

264 S 23rd St

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

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Subject area info

Art conservation


Historic preservation

Visual arts

Population served info


Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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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Conservation Treatment

Our highly-trained conservation staff work to stabilize and repair paper-based objects of all kinds. We treat books, photographs, works of art, documents, maps, scrapbooks, and a variety of other objects made of paper, parchment or papyrus. We work with both organizations and individuals to achieve their preservation goals.

Population(s) Served

We work with institutions, both large and small, to assess and address their dynamic collection care needs. Following on-site consultations, our team of preservation specialists produce a wide-range of plans for clients such as Preservation Needs Assessments, Digital Preservation Plans, Risk Assessments, and Collection Surveys. We also assist institutions with the development of collection care policies and procedures.

Population(s) Served

We help individuals and institutions create the best custom storage and display solutions for their paper-based items. This includes sleeves for photographs, custom storage boxes and cradles for books, sealed packages to protect artworks, and museum-quality matting and framing.

Population(s) Served

We present workshops and conferences across the country, educating professionals in the best practices of collections care. Our guides, fact sheets, and webinars help individuals and professionals to care for their objects. For several decades, we've trained the next generation of conservators through fellowships and internships.

Population(s) Served

With state-of-the-art digitization equipment, we provide accurate, high resolution imaging of a variety of materials, including artwork, documents, photographs, slides and film. All imaging technicians are trained in handling fragile and delicate materials. We are also able to enhance the appearance of digital images. The legibility of faded inks can be enhanced with UV technology, tears and losses filled with image editing tools, and stains or damage retouched by our expert digital imaging team. From the digital images, we also produce exhibition-quality facsimile prints and books for objects that are too fragile for regular handling and display.

Population(s) Served

We offer emergency planning services for institutions so they can be ready in the event of an emergency. We help museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies identify risks, develop emergency response guidelines, and formulate full emergency plans. We also teach hands-on salvage training workshops for collections managers and can provide emergency assistance for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections.

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Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 7.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’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 $105,167 $178,925 $76,613 $376,686 -$290,503
As % of expenses 3.3% 6.0% 2.7% 12.9% -9.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $88,625 $162,774 $60,527 $358,922 -$310,930
As % of expenses 2.8% 5.4% 2.1% 12.2% -10.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,373,396 $2,667,126 $2,967,930 $3,186,711 $2,888,584
Total revenue, % change over prior year -26.4% -20.9% 11.3% 7.4% -9.4%
Program services revenue 76.6% 95.4% 50.7% 62.4% 80.7%
Membership dues 0.3% 0.5% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2%
Investment income 1.1% 1.3% 0.9% 0.9% 1.5%
Government grants 19.7% 0.0% 20.0% 19.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 1.8% 2.4% 27.3% 15.4% 17.4%
Other revenue 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 1.6% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,147,410 $2,996,237 $2,865,921 $2,915,744 $3,078,539
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.6% -4.8% -4.3% 1.7% 5.6%
Personnel 67.7% 69.0% 71.8% 71.6% 71.0%
Professional fees 13.5% 10.8% 10.3% 9.4% 7.3%
Occupancy 8.8% 9.7% 10.4% 10.4% 11.9%
Interest 0.3% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 9.7% 10.0% 7.5% 8.5% 9.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,163,952 $3,012,388 $2,882,007 $2,933,508 $3,098,966
One month of savings $262,284 $249,686 $238,827 $242,979 $256,545
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $6,667 $10,000
Fixed asset additions $46,202 $17,473 $0 $19,328 $63,613
Total full costs (estimated) $3,472,438 $3,279,547 $3,120,834 $3,202,482 $3,429,124

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.6 4.4 5.0 6.7 4.7
Months of cash and investments 8.3 9.4 11.2 13.4 10.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.4 4.2 4.9 6.3 4.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,456,726 $1,089,931 $1,198,350 $1,617,640 $1,206,257
Investments $725,919 $1,259,210 $1,472,238 $1,633,108 $1,384,397
Receivables $1,280,458 $934,346 $1,258,610 $1,149,777 $1,340,850
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,077,292 $1,094,765 $928,806 $948,133 $1,011,746
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 95.3% 95.3% 95.5% 95.4% 91.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.5% 6.7% 15.4% 15.7% 30.0%
Unrestricted net assets $941,995 $1,104,769 $1,165,296 $1,524,218 $1,213,288
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,375,037 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,045,492 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,420,529 $2,077,316 $2,271,152 $2,281,302 $2,051,516
Total net assets $3,362,524 $3,182,085 $3,436,448 $3,805,520 $3,264,804

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

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Principal Officer

Michelle Eisenberg

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2023
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Board chair

Derek Jones

Atelier Art Services & Storage

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2023

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