EIN 62-1509462

Creative Discovery Museum

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(3)
Num. employees
104
Year formed
1992
Most recent tax filings
2022-12-01
NTEE code, primary
Description
Creative Discovery Museum is a children's museum located in Chattanooga, TN. The Museum's mission is to inspire all children to explore, innovate, create and play. The Museum achieves its mission first through its permanent exhibition program focusing on arts, sciences, early childhood, health and the environment and through traveling exhibits that complement and supplement the education content of its core exhibits. In 2019, the Museum served nearly 300,000 people. Of this total, 249,000 visitors enjoyed the exhibits and participated in the Museum's many educational programs.
Total revenues
$6,266,199
2022
Total expenses
$4,441,400
2022
Total assets
$25,252,992
2022
Num. employees
104
2022

Program areas at Creative Discovery Museum

The Creative Discovery Museum uses proven, evidence-based principles to engage the senses, inspire exploration and ignite childrens passion for learning. While some guests may view a visit to the Museum as merly a fun outing, research has long proven that play is the work of childhood. Through play children gain mental, physical and social skills necessary to succeed in their adult lives. In 2022 the Museum served over 200,000 individuals through Museum visits, educational programs, free and reduced-price admission and much more
The Museum is committed to being as accessible as possible to families. Each year cdm provids more than 50,000 free or discounted admissions. The Museum is free to the public on the 2nd thursday evening of each month. Every year more than 11,000 visitors take advantage of the museums for all program which allows anyone with an ebt or food stamp card to be admitted for 3. Cdm also provides free admission for a range of social service organizations such as big brothers, big sisters and foster parents. A current strategic goal is to welcome children of all backgrounds and cultures to the Museum and increase their global awareness and cultural literacy through exhibits and programs. Cdm published social stores, made sensory accomodating materials available to guests, provided programs such as free sensory friendly nights. The Museum also hosted club Discovery, an inclusive after-school program designed to provide a framework to explore the world in a safe environment for children with and without special needs, and friends Discovery camp, a summer camp similar to club Discovery
THE MUSEUM ACHIEVES ITS MISSION FIRST THROUGH ITS PERMANENT EXHIBITION PROGRAM FOCUSING ON ARTS, SCIENCES, EARLY CHILDHOOD, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THROUGH TRAVLEING EXHIBITS THAT COMPLEMENT AND SUPPLEMENT THE EDUCATION CONTENT OF ITS CORE EXHIBITS. cdm TRADITIONALLY OFFERS A WIDE ARRAY OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS WITHIN THE MUSEUM THAT COMPLEMENT AND ENHANCE THE EXHIBITS INCLUDING SCIENCE THEATER DEMONSTRATIONS, INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT CLASSES, HOME SCHOOL WORKSHOPS, SUMMER CAMPS, A TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, ART PERFORMANCES AND DEMONSTRATIONS, SPECIAL EVENT DAYS AND WALK-I ACTIVITIES. ADDITIONALLY, CDM SUPPORTS THE LOCAL SCHOOLS WITH A VARIETY OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDING SCHOOL TOURS AT THE MUSEUM, SCHOOL OUTREACH LESSONS, AND FAMILY NIGHTS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS. HISTORICALLY, THE MUSEUM SERVES APPROXIMATELY 45,000 STUDENTS PER YEAR THROUGH ITS OUTREACH PROGRAMS.

Who funds Creative Discovery Museum

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Care Foundation of America Two Brentwood CommonsTo Further Exempt Purpose$375,000
Benwood FoundationCapital Campaign and Education Outreach Program$110,000
ArtsBuildGeneral Operating Support$83,000
...and 26 more grants received totalling $1,380,699

Personnel at Creative Discovery Museum

NameTitleCompensation
Gordon A StalansChief Financial Officer
Henry SchulsonFormer Chief Executive Officer / President / Exectuive Director / Executive Director$149,014
Christie BurbankChair Secretary / Chair , Secretary / Secretary / Trustee$0
Travis HutchinsonTreasurer / Trustee$0
Leonora WilliamsonChair$0
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for Creative Discovery Museum

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,091,456
Program services$2,052,540
Investment income and dividends$24,981
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$3,638
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$409
Net income from fundraising events$93,175
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$6,266,199

Form 990s for Creative Discovery Museum

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-15990View PDF
2021-122022-11-11990View PDF
2020-122021-09-14990View PDF
2019-122021-02-19990View PDF
2018-122020-06-15990View PDF
...and 11 more Form 990s
Data update history
January 23, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
January 16, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 2, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
December 24, 2023
Received grants
Identified 5 new grant, including a grant for $110,000 from Benwood Foundation
August 19, 2023
Received grants
Identified 29 new grant, including a grant for $400,000 from Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC)
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
Issues
EducationArts, cultural, and humanitiesChildren
Characteristics
LobbyingFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportTax deductible donations
General information
Address
321 Chestnut St PO Box 6339
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Metro area
Chattanooga, TN-GA
Website URL
cdmfun.org/ 
Phone
(423) 756-2738
Facebook page
creativediscovery 
Twitter profile
@cdmfun 
IRS details
EIN
62-1509462
Fiscal year end
December
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
1992
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
Yes
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
A52: Childrens Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
Parent/child status
Independent
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