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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...833 N ORLEANS 1ST FLOOR
    Chicago IL 60610-3171


    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1996 | EIN: 36-3523622  


    Organization Mission

    Established in 1987, Marwen educates and inspires young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen offers four program arms: Studio; College & Career, Alumni, and Teaching & Learning. The studio program is at the core of Marwen's mission. Each year, we offer nearly 100 courses in 8 state-of-the-art studios. We challenge students to excel through comprehensive, in-depth instruction in a wide range of media including painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, printmaking, technology, and more. Our Teaching & Learning Program advances Marwen's existing work with Chicago's teachers and schools; pursues new initiatives in training Marwen staff and faculty; and directs the investigation, articulation, and dissemination of Marwen's practices.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 84%, 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 entirely from a single beacon score, weighted as follows: 100% Accountability & Finance. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

    Beacon Weights
    Historical Ratings
     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 As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Marwen is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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


    Marwen has earned a 84% 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 - 19.70% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 6.12 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.18 - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 6.60% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 15.30% - 5/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 78.00% - 8/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - -3.39% - 0/10 pts

    Additional 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

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