Adventure Science Center Nashville
800 Fort Negley Boulevard
Nashville TN 37203
Adventure Science Center in the Spring
Mission Statement
Adventure Science Center ignites curiosity and inspires the lifelong discovery of science.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Gerry F. Gorman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1944
Former Names
Cumberland Science Museum
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $4,226,944.00
Projected Annual Revenue $4,578,942.00 (2015)
Statements
Mission Adventure Science Center ignites curiosity and inspires the lifelong discovery of science.
Background Adventure Science Center is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational institution whose mission is to ignite curiosity and inspire the lifelong discovery of science. Established in 1944, the Children's Museum of Nashville resided on 2nd Avenue South in downtown Nashville. World War II was coming to an end and the nation was beginning to look to the future. Sgt. John Ripley Forbes' vision for Nashville's future was focused on children. His enthusiasm for a children's museum sparked some of the city's most prominent and influential citizens, including the museum's first president, Vernon Sharp, Jr., and on December 1, 1944, the lease for the Children's Museum of Nashville was signed. The Museum moved to Old Saint Cloud Hill, known as Fort Negley in the Civil War, in 1974. The organization's name changed over the years, most recently from Cumberland Science Museum to Adventure Science Center in November 2002. More than fifty years have passed and Sgt. Forbes' vision is as strong as ever. Adventure Science Center still creates opportunities for children to learn and have fun. The Center now serves about 342,000 visitors annually from Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama, and beyond. It has remained, at heart, a place for children.
Impact

Adventure Science Center (ASC) opened its doors to the public in 1945 (then the Children’s Museum of Nashville) as a cultural institution dedicated to providing learning opportunities for the entire community. Today, located on Metro Parks property neighboring the historical Ft. Negley, ASC brings science alive for visitors of all ages with more than 44,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits, daily live demonstrations, engaging public programs and the renowned Sudekum Planetarium. ASC welcomes more than 300,000 visitors from across the country, has more than 11,000 member households and annually ranks among the top five local attractions (Nashville Business Journal Book of Lists). Known for fun and dynamic hands-on learning, ASC is an indispensable part of the science education community, impacting more than 65,000 school children and teachers from 50 school systems with standards-based programming each year. ASC is steadfastly committed to advancing science awareness, interest and understanding with the diverse audiences we serve and inspiring young people to build dreams that include careers in science, technology, engineering and healthcare.

Adventure Science Center (ASC) opened its doors to the public in 1945 (then the Children’s Museum of Nashville) as a cultural institution dedicated to providing learning opportunities for the entire community. Today, located on Metro Parks property neighboring the historical Ft. Negley, ASC brings science alive for visitors of all ages with more than 44,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits, daily live demonstrations, engaging public programs and the renowned Sudekum Planetarium. ASC welcomes more than 300,000 visitors from across the country, has more than 11,000 member households and annually ranks among the top five local attractions (Nashville Business Journal Book of Lists). Known for fun and dynamic hands-on learning, ASC is an indispensable part of the science education community, impacting more than 65,000 school children and teachers from 50 school systems with standards-based programming each year. ASC is steadfastly committed to advancing science awareness, interest and understanding with the diverse audiences we serve and inspiring young people to build dreams that include careers in science, technology, engineering and healthcare.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Children's Museums
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Science & Technology Museums
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
KY
TN
Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Southern Kentucky
Programs
Description ASC provides learning expeditions for school groups that are available 5 days a week, 10 months a year. Programs are hands-on, inquiry based and address local, state and national science standards.
Budget 163000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Museum Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Description ASC offers after hours "family science nights" for local schools as a way to encourage families to learn together. ASC provides hands-on science programs at assemblies and/or in classroom settings.
Budget 11500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Museum Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Description ASC provides science demonstrations (shows) and "science on the spot" activities that are hands-on as community outreach in situations and to groups unable to come to the Center.
Budget 9500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Museum Education
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, ,
Description Provide inquiry based professional development on a variety of topics linked to curriculum standards.
Budget 9000
Category
Population Served Other Named Groups, ,
Description Permanent exhibits at ASC focus on 6 themes: earth, air and space, health, color and light, energy and creativity and invention. Exhibits are interactive, variable and suitable for both individuals and groups working together in a social environment. Exhibits complement programs and special events.
Budget 4000000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Museums
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gerry F. Gorman
Company Affiliation Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Honey Alexander Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. DeVan D. Ard Jr.Reliant BankVoting
Mr. Rob Barrick Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.Voting
Mr. Jeffrey D. Cogen Nashville PredatorsVoting
Mr. Ronald Corbin Retired, Allstate Insurance CompanyVoting
Ms. Anne Davis Vanderbilt Law SchoolVoting
Dr. Philippe M. Fauchet Vanderbilt School of EngineeringVoting
Mr. Amin Ferdowsi MRCOVoting
Mr. Mark Fioravanti Ryman Hospitality PropertiesVoting
Mr. John Gawaluck Ernst & Young LLPVoting
Mr. Gerry Gorman Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Mr. Tim Hartnett Louisiana-Pacific CorporationVoting
Dr. A. Alex Jahangir Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute
Mr. Matthew H. Kisber Silicon Ranch CorporationVoting
Mr. Paul Kleine-Kracht c3 ConsultingVoting
Ms. Jennifer J. Lacey Farris Mathews Bobango, PLCVoting
Mr. Don MacLeod Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. David C. McGowan Jr.Regent Development LLCVoting
Ms. Diane Miller Mulloy Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Eily Carell Nicholson Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Allen K. Oakley FirstBank
Ms. Lyn Plantinga News Channel 5Voting
Dr. Jesse Register Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Mr. Spencer Sessions Tennessee Valley AuthorityVoting
Ms. Divya Shroff HCA HealthcareVoting
Ms. Kay Simmons Parks BoardVoting
Mr. Jonathan M. Skeeters Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLPVoting
Mr. Clint Smith Emma Inc.Voting
Mr. Christopher Spyridon Nashville Convention and Visitors BureauVoting
Ms. Dowell Hoskins Squier Gresham, Smith and Partners
Mr. Marc Stengel HistorixVoting
Mr. J. Thomas Trent Jr.Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLCVoting
Ms. Sandra Vance AT&TVoting
Mr. Lamar Wade Dell, Inc.
Mrs. Leslie A. Wisner-Lynch BioTN Foundation, Inc.Voting
Mr. Jack Wood Retired, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & CannonVoting
Mr. Uzi Yemin CEO, Delek US HoldingsVoting
Ms. Vickie Ziegler Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 26
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 15%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Boiler and Machinery
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Susan B. Duvenhage
Term Start Feb 2007
Email sduvenhage@adventuresci.org
Experience  

Susan Duvenhage was named President & CEO of Adventure Science Center in February of 2007. Susan came to the Science Center from Gainesville, FL with an extensive background in non-profit management, marketing and fundraising. She most recently served as the Associate Director of Exhibits and Public Programs for the Florida Museum of Natural History, first joining the organization as its chief development officer. During her 8-year tenure there she developed new programs for audience expansion, revitalized the museum’s traveling exhibits program and opened Butterfly Rainforest, a 6400 s.f. live butterfly exhibit. Prior to her positions with the Florida Museum, she served as Director of Development for the University of Florida Foundation and as Assistant Director of Community Relations, for Shands Healthcare where she was responsible for fundraising and promoting the pediatric programs, statewide and regionally. Susan earned a bachelor’s of science degree in public relations from the University of Florida and is an accredited public relations professional. Susan is a member of the Association of Science Museum Directors, Association of Science and Technology Centers, American Alliance of Museums and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Diane Neal Oct 1997 - Mar 1999
Mr. Ralph Schulz July 1999 - Dec 2006
Staff
Full Time Staff 36
Part Time Staff 21
Volunteers 201
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 81%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 10
When was Strategic Plan adopted? June 2004
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)1999
American Association of Museums - Member2006
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2003
Nashville Rotary Club2006
Planned Giving Council of Nashville2002
CABLE2004
Tennessee Association of Museums2000
PENCIL2006
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Salute to Excellence AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2003
Award of ExcellenceInter-Museum Council of Nashville2003
Award for Permanent ExhibitsTN Association of Museums2002
Marvin Runyon Leadership AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2001
Salutes to ExcellenceAmerican Chemical Society2001
Senior Staff
Title President / CEO
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Education
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Operations
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Marketing
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Philanthropy
Experience/Biography
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $4,578,942.00
Projected Expenses $4,226,944.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$525,622$366,611$454,963
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$525,622$366,611$454,963
Individual Contributions$643,693$2,278,444$1,038,221
$0$0$0
$2,444,682$2,449,954$2,558,259
Investment Income, Net of Losses$77,815$44,013$82,900
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$92,490$70,894$48,765
Revenue In-Kind$12,549$0$0
Other$14,443$25,938$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$4,277,992$4,491,985$4,481,072
Administration Expense$396,176$336,988$410,379
Fundraising Expense$298,117$363,212$384,894
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.771.010.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%13%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$20,520,224$21,629,075$22,562,175
Current Assets$2,123,158$2,116,219$2,164,450
Long-Term Liabilities$1,744,453$1,809,996$2,745,575
Current Liabilities$349,210$373,718$416,182
Total Net Assets$18,426,561$19,445,361$19,400,418
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.085.665.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%8%12%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $2,229,531Program Service Revenue $2,300,649Program Service Revenue $2,417,150
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $643,693Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $2,278,444Contributions, Gifts and Grants $1,038,221
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants and Contracts $525,622Government Grants $366,611Government Grants $454,963
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2014
Solicitations Permit
2014 Solicitations Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financials taken from 990 which reconciled to the audit. Foundation and Corporation gifts included with Individuals.
990 prepared by Frasier, Dean and Howard.
Comment provided by Beth Groves 2/4/14
Nonprofit Adventure Science Center Nashville
Address 800 Fort Negley Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37203
Primary Phone (615) 862-5160
Contact Email info@adventuresci.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susan B. Duvenhage
Board Chair Mr. Gerry F. Gorman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Year of Incorporation 1944
Former Names
Cumberland Science Museum