Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Inc. is headquartered in ANNAPOLIS, MD, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 52-1821633.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Public Foundations within the Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1993.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Overall Score


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Finance & Accountability Score


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This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2019.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

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Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

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Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

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Total Revenue

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Finance & Accountability Report


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The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio


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

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

26/26 Independent

Higher effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit


Higher effect on score

For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Lower effect on score

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

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


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Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information


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Data Sources

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

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  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

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  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

1. To generate regional investment in the visual arts, performing arts, and cultural resources through direct grants to local nonprofit organizations. 2. To enhance arts education and create arts performance opportunities Anne Arundel County public and private schools. 3. To create opportunity for artists and allied professionals by through marketing assistance and support for virtual and in-person performances and exhibits. 4. To recognize excellence and celebrate the achievements of local artists, performers, writers, and arts advocates. 5. To support the growth of art in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County public spaces. 6. To expand diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism within the local arts community.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Grantmaking The Arts Council is committed to fiscally supporting the organizations and programs that advance our mission. General operating support is available to established organizations through Community Arts Grants, and Founding Grants, for new organizations. This funding is provided predominately by county hotel tax revenue and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. Mini Grants are offered twice a year, and support innovative, well-defined arts-related projects that are directed to a new or broader audience, preferably within underserved communities. Strategic Impact Grants are by invitation only, and specifically target arts and cultural resource projects that fall outside the scope of an organization’s normal programming but have the potential to create a major impact on the local community. Arts in Education The Arts in Education program brings the arts into our public and private elementary, middle, and high schools through three targeted initiatives: • The Teachers Institute provides workshops with a featured guest speaker emphasizing the benefits of arts-integrated teaching methods. • Arts in Education Showcases present short performances by artists, to raise awareness of educational arts programs among stakeholders. • Auditorium & Residency Grants assist schools and PTO/PTA groups in presenting quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre, and arts related or integrated projects. Supporting Art Students, Artists, and Arts Professionals Throughout the year we provide training workshops, sponsor marketing opportunities, and host networking events for our grantees and artists. ACAAC also offers a job bank, a free resource to share arts-related job opportunities around the area, and an online directory of local artists. Arts Angel scholarships provide local students with the resources to study the creative or performing arts. Annie Awards Since 2000, ACAAC has annually recognized “Annie Award” winners in ten categories for their lasting, significant, and inspiring contribution to an art form, an arts organization and/or the community. Public Art ACAAC and its partners are key drivers of the thriving local public art scene. Wie promote strategically placed art showcasing our deep history, maritime culture, and country residence, works that evoke wonder and diversity. ACAAC continues to be an advocate for a designated “Arts and Entertainment District” in Annapolis, generating economic growth for the city while creating a welcoming environment where artists can live and work. Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Multi-culturalism ACAAC embraces the Maryland State Arts Council’s directives to enhance diversity and inclusion within the local arts community. We are working within the county to support innovative programs that can dismantle persistent inequities, increase the sustainability of all organizations, and celebrate the creativity and diversity of all members of our community.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Executive Director April Nyman has led the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County since 2007. During her tenure, the ACAAC’s budget has tripled, exponentially expanding its ability to impact the local arts community. She has fostered strong partnerships with the city of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County leaders, and the state of Maryland, all of which have helped to generate investment and support growth in the local arts community. Members of the Board of Directors, representing the diversity of Anne Arundel County, serve up to three consecutive two-year terms. They are recruited to bring a breadth of skills and talents to the table, including legal, financial, marketing, management, and entrepreneurial expertise. Artists, arts advocates, and local arts organizations leaders are also represented, to ensure that working artists have a voice is at every level of leadership. Board members are actively engaged in Anne Arundel County Arts Council operations, and members are required to belong to at least two standing committees. These bodies focus on either organizational oversight, such as Finance, Government Relations, Governance, Marketing, and Personnel, or program delivery, including Awards, Arts in Education, Exhibits, Gala, and Grants.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel measures its progress through: • Overall grant outcome metrics including number of grant programs/cycles available each year, total number of grantee organizations receiving awards, and total dollars awarded. • Impact of specific grant programs, which are assessed by number of cycles offered, number of recipients, and dollars awarded. • Community events are evaluated through post-event surveys assessing relevance and utility of content and effectiveness of delivery method. • Impact of student scholarships, as measured by the number of recipients and dollars awarded. • Marketing and social media outreach, assessed through Google Analytics metrics including shares, likes, re-tweets, page views, and links clicked. • Analysis of demographics to ensure inclusion and diversity within our pool of artists, audiences for the works we fund, and within the staff, leadership, and membership of the organizations we serve.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Over the last decade, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has tripled its annual investment in the local arts community. We have greatly expanded our grant programs, helped to create an Arts District in the city of Annapolis, provided support to myriad individual artists, and partnered with public and private local schools to bring the creative and performing arts to our elementary, middle, and high school students. During the next ten years, we hope to continue to expand our reach within the local community. New initiatives will broaden inclusivity in the arts through education, training, and outreach. We will continue to support increased diversity, accessibility, and multi-culturalism among our artists and performers, arts organization administrators and leaders, and most importantly, our audience. We know that in unity, there is strength. Working together, we can realize our vision of creating a vibrant cultural arts community that enriches the quality of life for every Anne Arundel County resident.


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