Mission: Founded in 1933, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA stresses quality and authenticity in pr ... (More)

National Council for the Traditional Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1963, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://ncta-usa.org/

  8757 Georgia Ave
Suite 450
Silver Spring MD 20910 

  301-565-0654


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 91.67, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

90.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

8.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

1.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.4%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.01


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.56 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

5.30%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director

$88,105 (4.48% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other cultural or historical activities (BMF activity code: 119)

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


National Council for the Traditional Arts reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

NCTA remains in good fiscal health despite the extended challenges of the pandemic and cancellation of major in-person events in 2020 and 2021. NCTA applied and received ARP grants and the PPP loan to help offset costs and enable us to provide programming.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

In response to COVID, NCTA cancelled in-person programs through August 2021 and reduced the number of performance stages/artists at the 80th National (MD) and Richmond (VA) Folk Festivals. NCTA launched initiatives to leverage social media platforms, resources and partnerships to maintain audience engagement and strengthen connections with culture bearers. Loss of payments to culture bearers performing at NCTA events is significant—over $750,000 artist fees not contracted by NCTA due to missed performance opportunities at these major multistage, free festivals during the two-season interruption.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

In April 2020, in response to and concern of the impacts (health, fiscal, creative and more) the pandemic was having on the folk and traditional arts landscape, NCTA began daily posts on its social media in an effort to expand visibility of various COVID-19 support and response resources made available to the arts sector at large. Resource Alerts - Resilience, Reframing, Actions (RARRA) is a proud steppingstone for NCTA’s ongoing and expanding efforts focused on serving and connecting with the diverse folk arts practitioners, culture bearers and folklife administrators. In just two years the number of resources posted has grown from a handful to hundreds. NCTA shifted programming to online platforms for the 2020 National Folk Festival Virtual Celebration and the 2020 Richmond Folk Festival.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Since its launch, the RARRA campaign has grown to include monthly newsletters (a digest and post highlights of the RARRA postings), expanded it’s scope of posting content to include not just emergency funding, but also a variety of opportunities and outlets that are conducive to resilience for the arts sector and reframing systemic issues pertaining to access, equity and representation. RARRA’s Power BI platform is a powerful tool that allows site visitors to navigate through RARRA’s posting history. Through the platform visitors can see the story told (in real time) by the RARRA data history, and learn compelling insights on the states of resource sharing and development in and for arts and culture.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 91.67
3/1/20202018 90.75
3/1/20192017 92.02
7/1/20182016 93.91
2/1/20172015 90.01
6/1/20162014 85.38
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162014 80.13
5/1/20152013 78.49
2/1/20142012 78.42
6/1/20132011 80.36
3/1/20132011 75.14

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

4/1/20122010 79.84
9/20/20112009 81.93
Rating Version: 1.0
4/1/20112009 88.16
5/1/20102008 87.03
2/1/20092007 76.87
2/1/20082006 84.34
5/1/20072005 90.85
5/1/20062004 93.21
4/1/20052003 70.44

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

National Council for the Traditional Arts cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



National Council for the Traditional Arts reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$688,811

Spent in most recent FY

39%

Percent of program expenses


Folk & Traditional Arts Program


$648,941

Spent in most recent FY

37%

Percent of program expenses


National Park Service Work


$356,074

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


Services To NEA


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by National Council for the Traditional Arts is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization and the only one committed to producing live performances throughout the entire country. Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions - music, dance, crafts, rituals, foodways and stories passed on through time in families, communities, tribal, ethnic, regional, religious and occupational groups. NCTA presents the nation’s finest artists in festivals, tours, cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural and economic benefits.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


NCTA is committed to presenting those arts that collectively define us as a people, that represent continuity from the past to the present and into the future. It believes that bringing diverse grassroots tradition-bearers of the highest caliber to the citizens of our nation creates powerful experiences that are transformative, fostering cultural understanding and strengthening civil society. NCTA supports the keepers of our cultural heritage who ensure the transmission of these arts to future generations. NCTA’s community collaborations are exercises in cultural democracy and demonstrate the organization’s commitment to working at the grassroots level, as well as the national, in its many endeavors. NCTA champions the interests of folk and traditional artists and organizations in the arena of public policy.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: NCTA strives to support the stewardship of traditional artists and their lifeways for future generations.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Creating dynamic opportunities for culture bearers to share their traditions with the general public.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: NCTA has served the nation for nearly a century and enables this work which highlights and endeavors promoting celebrating the peoples of the United States in cultural practice.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Leadership and professional development opportunities are made available to staff based on their areas of growth and needs. Specific examples include engagement in the Event Safety Alliance by three staff and NCTA membership with the of Cultural Advocacy Group - including participation in monthly peer-to-peer conversations/support with those from across a variety of arts disciplines.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

NCTA leadership is intentionally focused on the mobilization of the mission of our organization. NCTA is excited to be leading an effort amongst federal partners and community initiatives that can be brought forth for American 250 commemorations; we build coalitions and communities that engage stakeholders in interests such as economic development, education, arts equity, revitalization efforts, volunteerism and more; we make ourselves available to academic and cultural organizations to support their development and growth as well as provide pro bono support for festivals (especially during the pandemic); we have presented and/or led at the American Folklore Society annual conference, the Maryland Arts Summit, Living Traditions Network, and CAG; and are deeply engaged in collaboration with other organizations/collectives such as LTN and MD Citizens for the Arts.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In response to COVID, NCTA cancelled in-person programs through August 2021 and reduced the number of performance stages/artists at the 80th National (MD) and Richmond (VA) Folk Festivals. NCTA launched initiatives to leverage social media platforms, resources and partnerships to maintain audience engagement and strengthen connections with culture bearers. Loss of payments to culture bearers performing at NCTA events is significant—over $750,000 artist fees not contracted by NCTA due to missed performance opportunities at these major multistage, free festivals during the two-season interruption. In April 2020, in response to and concern of the impacts (health, fiscal, creative and more) the pandemic was having on the folk and traditional arts landscape, NCTA began daily posts on its social media in an effort to expand visibility of various COVID-19 support and response resources made available to the arts sector at large. Resource Alerts - Resilience, Reframing, Actions (RARRA) is a proud steppingstone for NCTA’s ongoing and expanding efforts focused on serving and connecting with the diverse folk arts practitioners, culture bearers and folklife administrators. In just two years the number of resources posted has grown from a handful to hundreds. NCTA shifted programming to online platforms for the 2020 National Folk Festival Virtual Celebration and the 2020 Richmond Folk Festival.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Lora Bottinelli

Executive Director

George Holt

Chairman

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

National Council for the Traditional Arts is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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Constituent Feedback


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