Museum of the Palestinian People

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Museum of the Palestinian People

EIN: 81-3982895


The Palestinian people hail from an ancient land with over 4,000 years of history. Empires have come and gone, only to make Palestinian culture richer and more colorful. The Museum of the Palestinian People is the first museum in Washington D.C. devoted to exploring and celebrating Palestinian history, arts and culture. It started in 2015 as a traveling exhibit, visiting over 50 locations across the country, and has now found a home in the heart of the nation’s capital. By sharing the stories of the Palestinian people with those who walk through our doors, we invite the world to discover what unites us all.

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Executive Director

Bshara Nassar

Main address

1900 18TH ST NW


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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Population served info


People of Middle Eastern descent

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Museum of the Palestinian People

The museum:
1. Shares Palestinian stories through historic artifacts, personal narratives and artistic expression to transcend separation, fragmentation, and boundaries.
2. Connects Palestinians in the US, Palestine and the diaspora with each other to evoke pride and dignity and to impart this to future generations.
3. Partners with other institutions and connect with broader audiences committed to our shared humanity.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent

Where we work

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Museum of the Palestinian People
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 28.36 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Museum of the Palestinian People

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Museum of the Palestinian People

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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Museum of the Palestinian People

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Museum of the Palestinian People’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 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $49,968 $93,583 $71,262
As % of expenses 33.5% 48.9% 30.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $46,646 $90,924 $69,042
As % of expenses 30.6% 46.9% 29.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $201,469 $279,303 $307,234
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 38.6% 10.0%
Program services revenue 1.5% 3.9% 7.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 2.5% 22.9% 10.4%
All other grants and contributions 90.7% 71.5% 80.6%
Other revenue 5.3% 1.6% 1.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $149,232 $191,388 $232,652
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 28.2% 21.6%
Personnel 60.8% 57.4% 46.8%
Professional fees 19.7% 21.2% 31.3%
Occupancy 1.3% 2.3% 3.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 1.4% 0.2%
All other expenses 18.2% 17.8% 17.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $152,554 $194,047 $234,872
One month of savings $12,436 $15,949 $19,388
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $164,990 $209,996 $254,260

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.2 13.5 11.5
Months of cash and investments 11.7 13.8 13.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.1 14.0 15.2
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021 2022
Cash $139,529 $214,573 $223,834
Investments $6,463 $6,081 $36,674
Receivables $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $62,234 $58,344 $58,344
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 9.0% 14.2% 18.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.3% 6.5% 0.4%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $181,800 $272,724 $341,766

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Bshara Nassar

Mr. Nassar earned his undergraduate degree from Bethlehem University (Palestine) in Information Systems and Business Administration in 2010. He earned his Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) in 2014. As the fourth generation of the Nassar family, Mr. Nassar was deeply involved in his family’s educational farm, Tent of Nations, in Palestine, including education, communication and social media. In 2014, he founded the Nakba Museum Project, where he developed the concept, worked with artists, prepared artwork and exhibits, negotiated exhibit space, coordinated the setup of the exhibits in locations across the country, and raised funds.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/10/2024
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Board chair

Amir Mesrawi

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity

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Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/10/2024

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.