EIN 74-6045327

Menil Foundation

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The Menil Foundation supports and runs the Menil Collection, a free art museum in Houston, with rotating exhibitions and over 17,000 collected works.
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Program areas at Menil Foundation

Exhibitions, art displays, and neighborhood enhancement: The Menil Collection regularly rotates displays of its permanent collection and organizes loan exhibitions, primarily in the main museum building and in the Menil Drawing Institute. The Menils thirty-acre campus includes three other art buildings - Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel along with bungalows serving as staff offices, and a bookstore. The Menil Foundation rents out a number of properties in the neighborhood, including some to other non-profits at discounted rates, and maintains a significant amount of green space, which contributes to the unique vitality of the Menil neighborhood. Additionally the Foundation maintains the historic Menil House, the former residence of the museums founders, which is located in a nearby neighborhood, and serves as the site for museum functions.
Education and public programs - Each year the Menil presents a variety of free educational programs and events, including artist and curator lectures, panel discussions and book readings, musical performances, and film screenings. Since 1989, the Menil and the non-profit Writers in the Schools have collaborated to offer an experiential arts education program that introduces young students to fine arts and creative writing.
Curatorial and collections - The Menil cares for more than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection spanning the prehistoric to the present day. The museums holdings comprise four primary areas of focus: artifacts and objects from the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East; medieval and Byzantine art, objects, and icon paintings; the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas and the American Pacific Northwest; and modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings and works on paper, photography, and installations, with concentrations in Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism.

Grants made by Menil Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Writers in the Schools (WITS)Support of Educational Activities$50,000

Who funds Menil Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF)Art$706,755
John R. Eckel Jr FoundationCapital Campaign/ Acquisition of Rick Lowe/ Studio Menil Presents: Paper Ball/ General Support$419,050
Houston Museum District AssociationOperating Support$407,683
...and 24 more grants received totalling $2,794,488

Personnel at Menil Foundation

Ileana del ToroChief Financial Officer$111,418
Tony RubioChief Preparator
Judith WatersDirector of Development$124,405
Judy WatersDirector of Advancement
Madeline KellyDirector of Individual Giving
...and 33 more key personnel

Financials for Menil Foundation

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$6,546,040
Program services$1,799,828
Investment income and dividends$4,193,548
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$5,920,015
Net income from fundraising events$-40,625
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$-44,397
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$18,374,409

Form 990s for Menil Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062022-07-11990View PDF
2020-062021-06-15990View PDF
2019-062020-08-13990View PDF
2018-062019-07-05990View PDF
2017-062018-10-16990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
February 3, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
January 23, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 9 new personnel
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 7 new grant, including a grant for $45,000 from Wawro-Gray Family Foundation
July 9, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 8, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
1519 Branard St
Houston, TX 77006
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Harris County, TX
Website URL
(713) 525-9484
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A51: Art Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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Central organization
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