Mission: Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous in an intimate setting. We opened our doors i ... (More)

Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2008, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://bostoncourtpasadena.org/

 70 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena CA 91106 

  Boston Court
P.O. Box 60187
Pasadena CA 91116

  626-683-6883


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Good

This charity's score is 81.58, earning it a 3-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

74.1%


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

17.2%


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

8.5%


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

13.9%


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

$0.10


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

0.38 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

-4.80%


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)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • 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


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
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Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

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.

Salary of Key Persons

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Kyle Clausen, Executive Director

$50,018 (4.97% of Total Expenses)


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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

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.


Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


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

When live events were cancelled March 12th, 2020, Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) was one day from their annual fundraiser event, and two days from opening night on a major production, which had accumulated over $133,000 in start up costs. While the fundraiser was rescheduled as a virtual event for the fall and met NET fundraising goals, the production was cancelled, with many pre-sold tickets refunded, or held as credit for future events. While a few private foundations halted funding, BCP was fortunate to receive a PPP loan as well as multiple support grants from local government, in order to retain all staff. Donations from individuals remained steady compared with previous years, but earned revenue for 2020 was reduced by more than 75%.


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

With live events prohibited, most of the scheduled performances for 2020 were cancelled, including the Main Stage production of Passion. Engagement (talkback) events, the Emerging Artist Series, New Play Reading Festival and selected concerts were presented online in the fall. All current programming through 2021 is expected to be online.


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

Identifying the need for connections amidst the isolation of quarantine, BCP emphasized programming that allowed for maximum patron engagement with the art and artists. BCP also shifted to online programming and reduced ticket costs. In 2021, all programming is offered for free in recognition of ongoing economic hardships.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Online engagement events and programming allowed for greater access and attendance than is possible in BCP's intimate performance spaces. Hybrid (live and online) as well as fully online programming will continue once live programming resumes. New programming types, such as the play reading virtual "Book Club" and live, interactive virtual "Escape Room", will likely be presented in the future as well due to their popularity. Most importantly, BCP's audience feedback systems have changed, incorporating more direct discussions with patrons and local community groups to asses their needs and engagement with existing programming. These one-on-one chats will continue to inform BCP's internal review of process and program to create better systems and more responsive art for our patrons and community.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
9/1/20212019 81.58
9/1/20202018 82.79
7/1/20202017 82.24

...   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

Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) 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.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$487,622

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


THE THEATRE AT BOSTON COURT (BCP) PERFORMED 115 PERFORMANCES IN OUR 99-SEAT THEATRE AND 80-SEAT FLEXIBLE PERFORMANCE SPACE. WE ALSO SHOWCASED THREE VISUAL ART EXHIBITS, AND SERVED MORE THAN 7,600 PEOP ... (More)


$106,124

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


IN 2019, BCP SOLD MORE THAN 7,200 TICKETS TO 119 PERFORMANCES AND 33 TALK-BACKS AND ENGAGEMENT EVENTS, SERVING 2,020 UNIQUE HOUSEHOLDS WITH A 78% AUDIENCE RETENTION RATE FROM 2018. THE THEATRE SEASON  ... (More)


$90,283

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS ARE NEW WORKS OR RE-ENVISIONED CLASSICS, PASSIONATE, ARTIST-DRIVEN PLAYS THAT OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS, AND URGE ARTISTS TO FEARLESSLY AND PASSIONATELY PURSUE THEIR UNIQUE VOICE AN ... (More)


...   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 Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) is a passing score.

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


Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous in an intimate setting.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


BCP’s vision is to create an engaged community of patrons and artists to think and act in new ways about issues facing our world.


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: Reimagine the way art is created and distributed, to cultivate the most equitable, anti-racist organization possible that incorporates a variety of lived experiences in artistic creation.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Cultivate new art and artists to amplify new and previously underrepresented ideas and people

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Engage more deeply with local community members to better serve them, reflect their lived experiences in the art, and invite them to empathize with those who may be different.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Both co-leaders for BCP have engaged in multiple development opportunities in the past 18 months, ranging from a three day anti-racist workshop to individual training on professional software to examination of consensus leadership techniques.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Both co-leaders are in multiple local collectives of arts leaders and creators, advocating for support in the arts as well as the cultivation of new works and the recreation of a more just system in arts creation, that does not exploit the creators and shares a balanced representation of lived experiences. These collectives have led to partnerships with other member organizations as well, for artistic programming as well as local advocacy. Kubzansky is frequently contacted and quoted by journalists for her thoughts on the state of the arts in our community.

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.


On March 12th, 2020 BCP closed its doors in response to the growing Coronavirus pandemic out of concern for artists and audience, before the official call to close venues was made. All staff, except a single facility manager, shifted to working from home while they reimagined programming for the fall. Facility staff were tasked with identifying systems that could be hibernated to save on expenses at the building, which was not being used. Multiple staff were trained as "COVID Compliance officers" per local live event and health department guidance, to facilitate the safe recording of concerts in the performance space. Administrative staff identified virtual collaboration software and established protocols to continue productivity from home. Marketing and Fundraising staff reached out to existing patrons and supporters to identify their needs and keep them up to date on programming status. Artistic staff created a series of free, virtual conversations with artists to engage existing patrons who were feeling isolated at home. By the fall, a professional virtual platform was established to offer two virtual play performances, a Virtual Fall Music Series of eight online concerts, the Emerging Artists Concert Series online, and a Virtual New Play Reading Festival. All effort was made to engage audience and support artists who were struggling financially due to cancelled events. In response to the "We See You White American Theatre" document, specific to their industry, staff conducted a line-by-line review of the document as it pertained to BCP, identifying areas needing growth. Online programming continued in 2021, with an emphasis on long-form new play development. This initiative included several online readings of plays in various stages of development. In preparation for the return to live programming, the BCP staff will take the month of July 2021 as a hiatus, before completing the 2021 season with virtual concerts and play readings.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Theatre at Boston Court (dba Boston Court Pasadena) is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person)


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board, Our funders


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Boston Court Pasadena recently purchased new chairs for our Marjorie Branson Performance space, thanks to a generous donation by the Pasadena Community Foundation, after multiple patron complaints that the existing chairs were uncomfortable, especially for older and larger bodied patrons. New chairs were selected for support of a variety of body types, both with and without arms, to accommodate patrons with different access needs.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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