Sparking Creativity and Conversations 2018-19
Mission To change a childâ€™s life as they discover the power of learning through play.
Vision A world where all children are creative, compassionate, confident and curious.
Values Curiosity: We believe in the inherent value of curiosity and encourage children and their families to discover, imagine and learn through play. Engagement: We create unique learning experiences that are transformational and have lasting impact for our visitors, our community and beyond. Community: We embrace diversity in everything we do and encourage our visitors to think differently and open their minds to the world around them. Excellence: We invest in our employees, programs and exhibits to provide unparalleled experiences for every visitor.
A LET TER FROM
Museum Leadership Dear Friends of Please Touch Museum, 2018-19 was an energizing year for Please Touch Museum (PTM) as we focused on sparking creativity and conversations on important issues — further solidifying the Museum as an essential partner to parents, local communities, and educators in supporting the academic, social, and emotional skill-building children need to succeed in the classroom and in life. Expanding upon our core mission of “changing a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play,” PTM provided new opportunities for engagement and exploration with the opening of our Creative Arts Studio and Cents & Sensibility, a permanent exhibit focused on financial literacy, sponsored by PNC. 2018-19 also saw the deepening of our commitment to early childhood development. For the fourth time, we hosted the City of Philadelphia’s “Pre-K Move Up Day,” welcoming nearly 1,000 pre-school “graduates” to the Museum for a joyful celebration of their next educational step to kindergarten. Perhaps most importantly, we presented America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far (A to Z) for six months. Two years in the planning, this exhibit served as our first major project to address contemporary social issues and represent Philadelphia’s culturally diverse populations. Our team worked diligently to engage cultural partners, creating unique content and programming, which reflected the diversity of the families and communities we serve. It was an ambitious effort and served as a significant milestone for the Museum. While proud of the special, new experiences we provided, we are equally proud of the year-round access we have created to PTM, regardless of a family’s economic, social, or physical challenges. We again welcomed nearly 500,000 to Memorial Hall with 110,000 visiting at no cost or for $2.00 per admission. More than 14,000 Philadelphia School District children from Pre-K through Grade 1 visited the Museum for free. Our Play Without Boundaries, which encourages visits by children with Autism and other social-emotional and physical challenges, continues to grow. As we reflect on this year, we thank you for your incredible support. It is your generosity, which makes this work and our impact on the lives of children and families, possible. Yours In Play,
Patricia D. Wellenbach President & CEO
Benjamin L. Johnson Chair, Board of Trustees
Snapshots Here are a few of the events, celebrations, and happenings at Please Touch Museum in 2018-19.
New Exhibit Openings
Celebrating 15 years of “PNC Grow Up Great,” Cents & Sensibility opened in January. Ready. Set. Create! Our Creative Arts Studio opened in October.
Performing Arts Traveling Exhibits PLEASE
In a five-week run, “Bashirah and the Amazing Bean Pie” was enjoyed by more than 3,600. From February - September, more than 200,000 visited America to Zanzibar.
Opening in January 2019, this puppet show explored financial literacy.
Off to kindergarten they go as we celebrated Pre-K Move Up Day in May! Dress-up and make believe ruled the day at Storybook Ball in April.
Summerh fun wit es Squiggl
On June 4, we had record attendance with 7,007 visitors for Eid Community Day.
We had a “Summer of Fun with Squiggles” from June - August!
Special Programs A magical evening with Mary Poppins herself led to a successful Imagination Ball in November. We introduced our new mascot, Squiggles, on October 7, 2018.
In July, we hosted a “Meet & Greet” with Einstein, a LIVE camel!
Visitors loved our extended hours on First Wednesdays!
Play Without Boundaries expanded to a once-a-month schedule! 4
TOTAL MUSEUM VISITORS
TOTAL MUSEUM VISITORS FOR NO COST/LOW COST
TOTAL MUSEUM ACCESS VISITORS
TOTAL SCHOOL VISITS
TOTAL FIRST WEDNESDAY VISITORS
SQUARE FEET OF EXHIBITS
(5% INCRE ASE OVER L AST YE AR)
TOTAL MEMBER FAMILIES
1. BIRTHDAY BASH
6 . COUNTDOWN2NOON
7. MLK DAY
12. LET’S GET WILD
3. ELECTION DAY
8. LUNAR NEW YEAR
13. SPACE ODYSSEY
9. TINY MAKER FAIR
14. SUPERHERO SUNDAY
5. POL AR EXPRESS
10. EID AL-FITR
TOTAL PL AY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES VISITORS
PRE-K DAY OF PL AY AT TENDEES
HIGHEST AT TENDANCE EVER FOR THIS EVENT!
THEATRE AT TENDEES
14,575 4 286 34,822
THEATRE SHOWS PERFORMED IMAGINATION BALL AT TENDEES TOTAL AT TENDEES OF 14 FAMILY FESTIVALS 6
Summary Please Touch Museum welcomed 465,049 Museum visitors, 24% of which came to the Museum for no cost or low-cost admission. The Museum experienced an 8% decrease in earned revenue which covered 82% of our operating expenses, comparable to 2018, and 86% of expenses funded educational programming and exhibition initiatives. Our revenue was impacted by unusually mild winter conditions and other market forces that flattened attendance at arts and education venues across the Greater Metropolitan area. The Museum continued to focus on expanding the educational components of our service offerings as well as our commitment to staff training and wages. Those efforts resulted in expense increases of over $253,000. Cash and marketable securities were $4,242,000 â€“ a 15% decrease over the prior year. This decrease is consistent with the year-over-year change in earned revenue and also reflected exhibit investments ahead of receipt of targeted funds from donors and sponsors.
Fees for Special Events
Management & General
Revenues & Support Museum Revenue
Revenue & Support $8,348,441
Investment Income & Appreciation
Donated Goods & Services Grants & Contributions
Change in Net Assets Before Other Items
Insurance Proceeds Interest Expense
Change in Net Assets
Net Assets (Deficit) Beginning of Year
End of Year
Our sincere gratitude goes out to all of our contributors who supported Please Touch Museum between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. Above $25,000
Hallee & David Adelman
$24,999 to $10,000
Anonymous Kristen & Patrick Traynor
$9,999 to $5,000
Chris Campbell & Bill Massa Elizabeth Cartmell & Paul Zoubek Sharon & Kevin Coghlan Dana & John Connors Karen Griffith Gryga Drs. Judith & Scott Hartzell Meghan & Ben Johnson Milica & Rahul Kothari Arianna & Nicholas Lewko Sara & Kevin McGowan Robert D. McNeil Aisling Murphy Christopher Scarpa Kate & Marty Shields Elizabeth & Steven Singh Sally & Lee Stetson Richard Tewksbury Jr. Tina & Shawn Tuli Victoria Wilson
$4,999 to $1,000
Nicole Castafero Joel Freedman Elizabeth H. Gemmill Carol Johnson Debby Peikes & Robby Cohen Ivy Silver & Steven Leshner Portia H. Sperr
$999 to $500
Wilo Carey & Peter Benoliel The Julius & Ray Charlestein Foundation The Henry J. Fox Trust Nancy & Roy Kolb Cindy & Bruce Luehrs Karyn Mullen Network for Good Susan & Robert Peck Cynthia M. Schiff Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Jolly & Joe Waterman
$499 to $100
Michele Adams Charles Auspitz Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Marie & Robert Benz Ellen Berman Erin Blaszczyk Harris T. Bock Natasha Boston Melissa Brondeau Sophie & Edwin Bronstein Susan Bruce & Neal Fitch David Buck James M. Buck Ashley Caldwell Susan W. Catherwood Karen Ciccarino Deborah Cotton William Crowder Ernest J. Dellheim Lance Dunham Saul Epstein Exelon Foundation Matching Gifts Program Laura Feller Janice Forsyth Drs. Sunir Garg & Stella Luo Susan Gleeksman The Glenmede Trust Company Eri Golembo Adam Grant Lois Grieshober Tristan Guarini Christina Haas Joanne & Jon Harmelin Alice Haynesworth Hendricks Irving Herling Elizabeth Hilferty Jane Hoban Eric L. Hume Mary W. Hurtig Anthony Jalijali Kate Jiggins Gary Kaysen Erin & Dade Kelly Sarah Kloss & Hari Palaiyanur Vicki Kramer
Gail & Jeffrey Krimstock Althier Lazar Robyn Leto Robin Lincoln & Andrew Gowa Crystal MacNeill Beryl Mansaray Drs. Gabriela Marien-Efron & Evan Fieldston Market Strategies International Emily Marx Drema McAllister-Wilson Marge McEntee & George Ahern Lizann McGowan-Killmeyer Polly McKenna-Cress Nina McNeely Diefenbach & David Diefenbach Emily McNown Laura Morris Janel & Paul Mullen Katherine Nardini Alan Newsome Heather Norman Kathleen Petrone The Philadelphia Contributionship
Mindy Posoff Anne Pritchett Kelli Quinn Robin Rifkin Caro & Robert Rock Samantha G. Roff Bracha & Seth Rosenstein The Ross Family Foundation Daniel Rottenberg Gerard Santana Stephanie Schuetz Karen Scoles Mikal Shabazz Amy Slater Laura Sparks Ellen Stiefel Meredith Suh United Way of Greater Portland Alissa Van Volkom Adrienne Webb Evan Weiner Carrie Whitcraft Herbert White Jillisa Wilson Martha I. Zazyczny
CORPORATIONS & FOUNDATION
Support $500,000 and Above City of Philadelphia Hess Foundation
$100,000 and Above
Bimbo Bakeries USA Harmelin Media The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Philadelphia City Council PNC
$99,000 to $50,000
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Vanguard Group Foundation
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker Gerry Lenfest Legacy Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation TD Bank TD Charitable Foundation American Airlines Bassetts Ice Cream Company Connelly Foundation Thomas Jefferson University Nemours-Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children PECO The Snider Foundation
Jenzy Keystone First Macy’s, Inc. PA Leadership Charter School Philadelphia Cultural Fund The Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation, Inc. Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation Stride Rite Studio Institute The Tally Foundation United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey William Penn Foundation
$9,999 to $2,500
$2,499 to $1,000
$24,000 to $10,000
Association of Children’s Museums Axalta Coating Systems $49,000 to $25,000 Bloomberg Global Philanthropy Coventry Early Childhood Environments & Engagement Essity North America Inc. Philadelphia City Councilman Fulton Bank Curtis Jones, Jr. Greater Philadelphia Cultural Philadelphia City Councilman Alliance Kenyatta Johnson 11
Allied Advertising Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Bank of America
Sponsors Imagination Sponsor $15,000
Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corporation
Tompkins Insurance The Tuli Family Victoria Wilson & Roberta Torian, Esq.
Play Sponsor $10,000
Friend Sponsor $1,000
Admin Partners, LLC BBD, LLP Benefits Concepts Maripeg Bruder Wonder Sponsor Liza Cartmell $5,000 Chamber of Commerce for Bimbo Bakeries USA Greater Philadelphia The Byrnes Family Foundation Context Business Lending, LLC Sharon & Kevin Coghlan Drucker & Scaccetti Dilworth Paxson LLP/ Patricia D. GDI Services Inc. Wellenbach & Larry Anne Hamilton McMichael Leo Holt Dunleavy & Associates Federal Advocates, Inc. Meghan & Ben Johnson Barbara Klock & Salem Shuchman PWC/The Traynor Family Salveson Stetson Group The Snider Foundation Vault Communications TD Bank Anonymous
Innovative Benefit Planning, LLC Innovative Compensation and The Kinser Group Lola Lin Michel Marks McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors Penn Mutual Philadelphia Eagles Schultz & Williams Jan Shaeffer Portia Sperr St. Christopherâ€™s Foundation for Children Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young Dick Tewksbury & Beth Rohlfing Visit Philadelphia Michael Wondrasch
Curiosity Sponsor $2,500
Accenture Buchanan Public Relations Marianne Dean Karen Griffith Gryga Robert & Cynthia Johnson Family Foundation Permit Capital Advisors The Philadelphia Phillies PNC Tierney
Major support for Centennial Innovations has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from: The Anderson Family Foundation City of Philadelphia, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. Hess Foundation Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission PECO
Centennial Innovations has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Anonymous (2) The Campbell Massa Family Liza Cartmell & Paul Zoubek Joseph & Alyona Cileone Sharon & Kevin Coghlan Robby Cohen & Debby Peikes Salima Rashid-Diop & Mouhamadou Diop Dr. Lourdes M. Frau Sunir Garg MD, Stella Luo MD & Family Karen Griffith Gryga Kristen & David Han
Judith & Scott Hartzell Barbara D. Hauptfuhrer in memory of Robert P. Hauptfuhrer Meghan & Ben Johnson Virginia Holland Koch Sara & Kevin McGowan Jennifer & Robert McNeil Aisling Murphy HP Law, LLC – Harsinie Panditaratne Evan Poore Nancy, Chris & Talia Scarpa David Seltzer Steven Singh & Family Sally & Lee Stetson Beth Rohlfing & Dick Tewksbury Kristen & Patrick Traynor Tina & Shawn Tuli Joe & Jolly Waterman Patricia D. Wellenbach & Lawrence G. McMichael Zakian Carpets Robert & Matthew Zakian
PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM
Board of Trustees October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 Officers:
Benjamin L. Johnson, Chair Kate Shields, Vice Chair Dana Connors, Secretary Geoffrey Lapres, CFO, Treasurer Kristen Vieira Traynor, Immediate Past Chair Patricia D. Wellenbach, President & CEO
Ellen Amudipe Christine Campbell William Crowder Karen Griffith Gryga Geoff Gross Kristen Han Barbara Klock, MD Rahul Kothari Arianna Orpello Lewko Lola F. Lin Sara C. McGowanÂ Aisling Murphy Christopher Scarpa Steven A. Singh Richard (Dick) Tewksbury, Jr.
Regina Tracy Shawn Tuli Victoria Wilson
Wharton Nonprofit Board Fellows: Angela Monaco Nancy Wang
Elizabeth B. Cartmell Sharon Coghlan, Esq. Anne Hamilton Portia Sperr, Founder Sally W. Stetson
Advisory Council October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019: Ron Allen Shakia Boulware Mike Burch Roberta Connor Alfonzo Connor Calla Cousar Ruby Davis Evon Delee Julia Diggs Pam Evans Juanisha Everett Lorraine Gomez Cass Green Falena Hand
Monica Harmon Tina Harris Luncinda Hudson John Jordan Jennifer Mahar Charlene Mills Pastor Joe E. Nock Ray Parker Chris Spahr Kelly Thomas Crystal Walker Dwayne Walker Delcina Wilson Alice Wright
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