Better Business Bureau Report for
Mississippi Children's Museum

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Mississippi Children's Museum
Address: 2145 Highland Drive
  Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: 601-981-5469
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1996, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Mississippi Children's Museum meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) offers an environment for children to make learning hands-on, interactive, and fun. The organization is committed to improving the early literacy development of Mississippi’s children through place-based experiences incorporating literacy and language concepts, programs that focus on the mechanics of reading and the enjoyment of it, resources for Mississippi families, schools, and teachers, and research that contributes to the body of knowledge about how children learn. MCM’s exhibits and programs are designed to introduce children to small changes they can implement to make differences as they grow, including making more nutritious food choices, becoming more physically active, and understanding how body systems work. The organization offers opportunities for children to view and create art performances, as well as participate in material explorations while investigating a variety of authentic art tools, techniques, and processes. MCM strives to provide Mississippi children with access to science-based experiences, designed to provide a strong foundation in STEM subject areas and foster vital learning and life skills. The organization also works to highlight the cultural traditions of the state of Mississippi, including its musicians, authors, and artists. According to the organization, in 2015, the Mississippi Children’s Museum served over 140,000 guests.

For the fiscal year-ended May 31, 2015, Mississippi Children's Museum's program expenses were:

Program Services 2,730,452
Total Program Expenses: $2,730,452
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Chief Executive : Ms. Susan Garrard, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Martin Jue
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, MFJ Enterprises

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 57

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fundraising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership appeals, appeals via social media
Fundraising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,126,481, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on Mississippi Children's Museum's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended May 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,296,655
Admissions 572,976
Educational programs/sponsorships 340,275
Retail sales 308,872
Events 288,886
Memberships 242,193
Grants 200,665
Facility rental 111,391
Interest and dividend income 21,250
Other income 14,848
Tourism sales tax rebates 13,019
Interest income 247
Investment fees -3,786
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments -5,342
Total Income $3,402,149


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $3,402,149
Program expenses $2,730,452
Fund raising expenses 127,255
Administrative expenses 367,338
Total expenses $3,225,045
Income in Excess of Expenses 177,104
Beginning net assets 22,039,059
Ending net assets 22,216,163
Total liabilities 1,079,129
Total assets $23,295,292

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BBB Comments


A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 8/11/2008. 


BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services. 

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