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    Columbus Symphony


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...55 E STATE ST
    Columbus OH 43215-4203


    Columbus OH | IRS ruling year: 1952 | EIN: 31-6402408  


    Since 1951, the CSO has been proud to serve as central Ohio's flagship music performance organization. We directly serve over 175,000 each season through 200+ performances and programs, and a broader audience of over two million through radio broadcasts, online media, etc. CSO musicians are interwoven throughout central Ohio, accompanying performances by other companies, performing in other local orchestras, and teaching and coaching young musicians. We are proud to be a community leader in music and arts education, distinguished by a long tradition of excellence, strong partnerships with local schools, and unique programs that have benefited generations of children.

    Our Mission
    Inspiring and Building a Strong Community Through Music

    Our Vision
    National Exemplar of a Vibrant Dynamic Orchestra.

    Our Pillars
    Pursue Excellence and Innovation
    Elevate the Quality of Life in Our Community
    Create a Robust Financial Future


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 87%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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     Important note on the timeliness of ratings

    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Columbus Symphony is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

    Rating Report

    • Impact & Results
    • Accountability & Finance
    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
    Accountability & Finance
    Impact & ResultsAccountability & FinanceCulture & CommunityLeadership & Adaptability


    Accountability & Finance


    Columbus Symphony has earned a 86% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2019, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 4.10% - 10/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 1.92 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.03 - 10/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 9.40% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 4.10% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 86.30% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 1.29% - 4.29/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
    Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) - Data Available
    Pandemic Response - Data Available

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