Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Wagner Free Institute of Science

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Mission Statement

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science. It fulfills its mission by offering adult education courses; children's lessons and programs; by operating a natural history museum open to the public; and by providing public tours, special seminars, and symposia. In keeping with the Articles of Incorporation, all programs are offered free of charge. The Institute also maintains natural history specimens for scientific study and a library and archive for scholarly research. A National Historic Landmark, the Institute is committed to the preservation of its historic building and collections and to providing education on the history and development of science in America.

Main Programs

  1. Public lectures and science courses
  2. Children's Education and Neighborhood Outreach
  3. GeoKids LINKS
  4. Museum tours and special programs
  5. Library and archives
  6. Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia (SNAP)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Located in Philadelphia.  Education programs serve a regional audience; the museum and library serve local, national and international audiences.

ruling year

1918

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Susan Glassman

Keywords

Self-reported

natural history, museum, education, science, adult education, children's education, National Historic Landmark, Victorian

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EIN

23-1370509

 Number

0187005986

Physical Address

1700 W. Montgomery Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19121

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Public lectures and science courses

The Institute's free adult education program in science is the oldest in the country.  Offerings include multi-week science courses held in the evening and on weekends as well as single lectures by scientists and leading scholars. The Weeknights at the Wagner program includes programs on history, history of science, architecture, preservation and art.  Programs are free and open to the public.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Children's Education and Neighborhood Outreach

The Institute offers a wide range of programs for children including field trips visits, hands-on natural science lessons and guided tours and explorations of the museum collections. These programs serve 12,000+ children a year. Neighborhood outreach targets children from the Institute's low-income community and offers more intensive programming during and after-school hours.  The Institute partners with community groups, cultural organizations and schools on its Children's Programs, current partners include the School District of Philadelphia, Beech Interplex and Community Services, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance. A new program SNAP (Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia) is an Out-of-School Time initiative for middle school children that integrates art into science learning and includes mentoring by scientist/artists who will work directly with children on science-inspired writing and art projects. Neighborhood outreach serves 5,000+ children per year, primarily from North Philadelphia.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

GeoKids LINKS

Intensive yearlong science program for grades 1 to 5 at four North Philadelphia schools. All schools are Title I. A partnership with Saint Joseph's University supports graduate student Fellows from the biology and environmental science departments who serve as GeoKids interns.  The program has received national and regional recognition including an Excellence in Programming Award from the American Association of Museums and an Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

Museum tours and special programs

The Institute is a National Historic Landmark. The exhibit hall houses more 100,000 natural history specimens in an elegant Victorian display that dates to the 1880s.  The Museum is open to visitors year-round. Museum programs include tours, open houses, public lectures, activities for families, and specialized guided tours emphasizing different aspects of the Institute's history, architecture and collections.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Library and archives

Library of 45,000 volumes and archives that include the records of the Institute, its founders and associated scientists and faculty members. The library collections focus on natural and physical sciences, engineering, education, and technology from the 17th through the early 20th century. The Library serves researchers, scholars and the general public.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 6

Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia (SNAP)

Out-of-school time program aimed at middle school children in North Philadelphia, SNAP combines art-making with science learning to build students creativity, engagement in learning, and science skills and knowledge. The program currently serves 6th to 8th graders at 4 public schools in North Philadelphia.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Located in Philadelphia.  Education programs serve a regional audience; the museum and library serve local, national and international audiences.

Accreditations

National Historic Landmark Program 1968

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums

American Library Association

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Financials

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WAGNER FREE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Susan Glassman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Dianne S Salter

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity