EIN 59-2775992

Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

IRS 501(c) type
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To educate about shells through exhibits, educational programs, library and publications, to further awareness of nature, to promote collection-based research with emphasis on southwest Florida and the gulf of Mexico.
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Program areas at Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

To educate about shells and mollusks, the shell-makers, through exhibits, Educational programs, library services and publications. To further awareness of nature and the natural environment. To promote collection- based research on shells and mollusks with emphasis on southwest Florida and the gulf of mexico. Operation of a public Museum and Educational center features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, Shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, mollusks in action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The Museum store offers a wide selection of Shell books.

Who funds Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$134,100
Southwest Florida Community FoundationGen Op / Spec PRGM$29,896
The Chicago Community TrustGeneral Operating Support$26,000
...and 5 more grants received

Personnel at Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

Dorrie HipschmanExecutive Director$109,827
Chris DavisonPresident - Past$0
Arlene MowrySecretary$0
Holli MartinPresident$0
Sean PierceTreasurer$0
...and 4 more key personnel

Financials for Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,712,361
Program services$333,642
Investment income and dividends$97,984
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$202,024
Net income from fundraising events$-3,148
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$39,475
Miscellaneous revenues$1,706
Total revenues$2,384,044

Form 990s for Shell Museum and Educational Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-03-02990View PDF
2018-122020-02-01990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122018-03-14990View PDF
2015-122017-03-27990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

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Data update history
July 28, 2022
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $26,000 from The Chicago Community Trust
September 22, 2021
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $29,896 from Southwest Florida Community Foundation
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
April 30, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
April 10, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
EducationArts, cultural, and humanitiesPublic policy
Conducts researchFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donationsEndowed support
General information
PO Box 1580
Sanibel, FL 33957
Metro area
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL
Website URL
(239) 395-2233
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A56: Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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