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Missouri Humanities Council

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Missouri Humanities Council
Phone: (314) 781-9660
Address: 543 Hanley Industrial Ct Ste 201
Saint Louis, MO 63144-1905
Report Expiration Date: June 26, 2015
Original Business Start Date: January 2000
Principal: James F Weidman, Interim Executive Director
Type of Business: Charity - Education & Literacy
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

"To create a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society by supporting and presenting humanities-based programs that serve and benefit the people of Missouri. MHC works to encourage family reading; to support local museums, libraries, and public institutions; to facilitate interaction between humanities scholars and public audiences; and to foster community pride and economic development opportunities throughout Missouri via local exhibits, public educational programs, and heritage tourism projects."

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Missouri Humanities Council meets all voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability.

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MHC offers a variety of programs, including family reading initiatives, heritage tourism projects, and traveling exhibits. MHC also conducts on-demand programming, such as a speakers' bureau--all of which combined to reach 157,665 individuals in 90 Missouri counties in 2013. Ongoing programs include: READ from ;the START--a program that seeks to help parents understand the importance and experience the joy of reading and telling stories to their children; Traveling Exhibits--in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, MHC brings high quality traveling exhibits to Missouri communities and helps them to develop programs and exhibits to tell their own stories; Project and Program Grants--MHC awards competitive grants to statewide institutions, organizations, and communities to help them develop and present high-quality humanities-based programs, events, exhibits, and publications; "Show Me Missouri" Speakers Services--in collaboration with the State Historical Society of Missouri, MHC provides a network of scholars to provide affordable, high-quality programs; Veterans' Creative Writing Workshops--in cooperation with the VA Occupational Therapy Unit at Jefferson Barracks, MHC is helping offer creative writing workshops and mentoring for veterans, both to facilitate reentry into day-to-day living and to generate documentation of this aspect of our recent history; The Missouri Humanities Awards--MHC recognizes excellence in humanities-based education, literature and community service; Heritage Tourism/Humanities Inventory Pilot Project--MHC supports innovation in the effort to assist Missouri communities in preserving and sharing their stories.

For the year ended October 31, 2013, Missouri Humanities Council's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses:$1,005,562


Chief Executive Officer:Geoffrey Giglierano, Executive Director
CEO Compensation:$103,116
Chair of the Board:Michele Hansford
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Director, The Powers Museum, Carthage, MO
Board Size:25
Paid Staff Size:6 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Direct Mail Appeals, Grant Proposals, and Internet.

Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,885,076 are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Missouri Humanities Council's Audited financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2013:

 Grants from Federal Agency$708,910
 Grants from State$1,050,000
 Other income$5,299
 Total Income:$1,890,375
Expenses  % of total
 Programs:$1,005,562 74.48%
 Fund Raising:$133,957 9.92%
 Administrative:$210,597 15.60%
 Total Expenses:$1,350,116
Excess of Income over Expenses$540,259
Beginning Net Assets$1,030,022
Ending Net Assets:$1,570,281
Total Assets$1,686,620
Total Liabilities$116,339

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Report as of August 1, 2014 20:35
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