Mission: The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premier ... (More)

Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.basshall.com

  Maddox-Muse Center
330 East Fourth Street, Suite 300
Fort Worth TX 76102 

  817-212-4300


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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.

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Exceptional

This charity's score is 94.46, 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. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

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Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

89.9%


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

8.3%


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

1.6%


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

9.0%


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

$0.02


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

4.20 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

3.50%


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


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Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
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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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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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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



Dione Kennedy, President, CEO

$476,942 (2.53% 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 2020

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:

Cultural performances (BMF activity code: 090)


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

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

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. 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, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


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

Almost 90% of our organization's revenue is derived from earned income; ticket sales, facility rentals, retail sales and special events. Due to COVID-19, our performing arts center was closed for performances and events for over a year. We reopened to limited audiences in July 2021. Due to the continued spread of COVID, providing a safe and secure environment for 2000 people gathered in a room remains challenging. Audiences are understandably uncertain about attending live performances, therefore, we are experiencing lower attendance than in pre-COVID days. Additionally, as a safety measure, services such as food & beverage and valet parking remain suspended, further affecting our earned revenue opportunities. Finally, managing a large facility during a pandemic requires additional costs. These include items such as additional staff to oversee and implement safety protocols, COVID testing as required for certain artists/shows, and additional supplies for cleaning and sanitizing.


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

Our facility was completely closed for public performances from March 2020 through June 2021. For the fiscal year 2021-22, we are open but with fewer performances. In some cases we lost dates because certain productions were not yet able to tour, our on-site Education programs are not able to occur because of restrictions with student field trips, and Resident Companies are not performing as many dates as they normally do.


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

After being closed for the last few months of the 2019-2020 season, we ultimately realized that it would not be safe or financially feasible to hold performances in the 2020-21 fiscal year. At that time we implemented difficult cuts and reduced staff by furloughing many team members. Normally, part of our programming involves education programs that bring in over 70,000 students and teachers annually. Since we couldn't bring them in person, we quickly began to develop and create virtual Education Programs that we shared with local school districts. We were thrilled that by the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year we had reached over 60,000 students and teachers. Our team was buoyed by serving the student population as we developed plans for reopening to all audiences in the 2021-22 season.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to offer our virtual education programs in addition to adding our live education performances when it is safe to do so. There are many schools that may still be unable to attend in person and these virtual options have been extremely well received. Secondly, we will likely continue to implement some level of work-from-home capacity. While we are a performance venue that requires lots of audience interaction, there are positions and/or days, that employees are able to accomplish tasks from home occasionally. Finally, while we have all had enough Zoom meetings this past eighteen months to last a lifetime, we actually had more attendance at board and board committee meetings than ever. It allows people who are traveling for work or even on vacation to still participate if they wish. We will likely find ways to offer a hybrid option for meetings that are served well in this format.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 94.46
8/1/20192018 95.05
8/1/20182017 95.05
12/1/20172016 95.05
9/1/20172015 89.44
10/1/20162015 87.65

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.

6/1/20162014 85.44
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 85.78
9/1/20142013 84.93
10/1/20132012 84.33
9/1/20122011 82.97
9/20/20112010 76.81
Rating Version: 1.0
12/1/20102009 74.94
3/1/20102008 97.45
3/1/20092007 79.90
8/1/20072006 85.40
10/1/20062005 67.07
10/1/20052004 73.29
12/1/20042003 73.84
12/1/20032002 77.11

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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

Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall 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



Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$15,545,746

Spent in most recent FY

92%

Percent of program expenses


Productions and Performances


$1,231,200

Spent in most recent FY

7%

Percent of program expenses


Educational Activities


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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 Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall 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 mission of Performing Arts Fort Worth in the operation of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premier venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public, to promulgate arts education, and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the region.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Bass Performance Hall provides arts, education, engagement and entertainment opportunities that add to the vibrancy and livability of our community. Our work makes this North Texas region a more dynamic place to live, work and play.


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: Expand our Engagement opportunities to reach new and under-served audiences, within current programming and facility availability.

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


Goal Two: Continue to provide a significant subsidy for use of Bass Performance Hall by Resident Companies including the FW Symphony, Texas Ballet Theater, FW Opera and Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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


Goal Three: Increase net revenue on our Broadway at the Bass series after an eighteen-month COVID-19 shutdown.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Generally we provide significant training opportunities for our team members in the form of industry conferences and for specific positions, ongoing certification education support. During the pandemic we have concentrated on virtual training opportunities for all of our team in industry specific webinars and conferences as well as diversity and anti-bias training for the entire team.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Engage in strategic partnerships: Our Director of Education works directly with the Fort Worth Independent School District to ensure that our education offerings continue to meet the strict curriculum requirements that enable the district to mandate our programs within the school system. Engage in thought leadership: Our President & CEO serves on the Board of the Broadway League, which is the industry affiliation representing Broadway and touring Broadway. When the League's annual New York conference was unable to be held in person, she co-chaired a virtual conference that allowed nearly 1000 industry professionals from all over the country to gather for important trade collaboration, learning sessions and panel discussions focused on the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and requirements for a safe return to business during a pandemic. Raise Awareness of Mission: Our VP of Programming and Engagement oversees a robust effort of media placement, social engagement, and website visibility.

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.


Our venue closed on March 13, 2020. While our existing emergency plan helped us address the immediate needs of a short term shut down, we had to continue to revise and adapt once the shutdown occurred. For the first several weeks we learned new information almost hourly about how the pandemic was affecting our industry. As time went by, what we once thought would be a shutdown for a few weeks was clearly going to be much longer. One of our upcoming shows, the national tour of the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON, was scheduled for June 2020. Months ahead of this engagement we were already sold out and it was devastating to ultimately realize that it simply would not be able to happen. By mid-summer it was clear that no Broadway tours would be available for the next season (2020-21). In addition, our Resident Ballet and Opera companies would not be able to perform. At that point, we made the tough decision to remain closed for the season and implement significant staff furloughs, although we maintained core teams in building services, education, marketing, programming, and finance. Our team embarked on several projects to prepare for reopening, knowing that COVID would still be a factor. Our marketing team focused on maintaining communication with patrons and converting to a fully touchless ticketing option. Our facilities team oversaw the installation of touchless faucets and flushers and sanitizing equipment. The Education team quickly converted to virtual options for students. Our programming team continued to work with Resident Companies on rescheduling dates and with booking agents to schedule future tours. Our team had to become COVID specialists. HR had to determine how to handle positive cases, including contact tracing and quarantining. Our programming team stayed abreast of industry protocols for artists, unions, etc. Our front-of-house team had to develop audience protocols. This season, 2021-22, we are open and beginning the process to rebuild audiences.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Dione Kennedy

President & CEO

Elaine Agather

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

Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall 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


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



Methodology


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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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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