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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

The Ellington Fund

Promoting the educational mission and goals of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

two stars

77.92

3500 R Street, NW Suite #100
Washington, DC 20007
tel: (202) 282-0123   Web Site
EIN: 52-1152273

Board Leadership
Ari Fitzgerald
President

CEO
Tia Powell Harris
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.92 two stars
  Financial 70.78 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Based in Washington, DC, the Ellington Fund (the Fund) is the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The mission is to support several programs at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). The Fund provides critical services as it seeks to bridge the gap between DCPS budget allocations and the actual cost of DESA's dual arts/academic curriculum.

The Fund provides 25% of the school's revenues and, together with the school, supports 540 high school students who come from all Wards of the city, with many not being able to otherwise afford the costs of an arts education. Ellington has a 99% graduation rate and 95% college acceptance rate, which is remarkable, as many of our students enter 9th grade at or below reading and math proficiency levels.

Based in Washington, DC, the Ellington Fund (the Fund) is the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The mission is to support several programs at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). The Fund provides critical services as it seeks to bridge the gap between DCPS budget allocations and the actual cost of DESA's dual arts/academic curriculum.

The Fund provides 25% of the school's revenues and, together with the school, supports 540 high school students who come from all Wards of the city, with many not being able to otherwise afford the costs of an arts education. Ellington has a 99% graduation rate and 95% college acceptance rate, which is remarkable, as many of our students enter 9th grade at or below reading and math proficiency levels.

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Financial

two stars

70.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
67.9%
  Administrative Expenses 18.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ellington Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ellington Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ellington Fund (DC) 77.92 two stars
United Arts of Central Florida (FL) 89.26 three stars
ArtsinStark (OH) 91.01 four stars
Nebraska Humanities Council (NE) 87.24 three stars
Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (SC) 88.89 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $518,602
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $166,157
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $139,360
Total Contributions $824,119
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $824,119
   Other Revenue $859,509
TOTAL REVENUE $1,683,628
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,374,766
   Administrative Expenses $321,776
   Fundraising Expenses $283,541
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,980,083
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-296,455
   
Net Assets $22,109,301

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Arts and Academic Programming $1,302,466 94.7%
Scholarships $72,300 5.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 77.92 two stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 74.64 two stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 78.17 two stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 80.85 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 83.18 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 86.93 three stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 75.54 two stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 70.19 two stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 76.37 two stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 79.00 two stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 78.16 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 70.80 two stars
2008-09 05/01/2010 84.64 three stars
2007-09 12/17/2008 92.68 four stars
2006-09 02/01/2008 77.14 two stars
2005-09 10/01/2006 65.58 one star
2004-09 07/01/2006 66.88 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1152273
Name in IRS Master File ELLINGTON FUND
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Tia Powell Harris CEO $54,077
Other Salaries of Note
$130,000 6.56% Harriette Ecton Chief Development Officer --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ellington Fund (DC) 77.92 two stars
Arts & Science Council (NC) 90.49 four stars
Fund for the Arts (KY) 88.58 three stars
National Arts Strategies (VA) 92.19 four stars
United Arts of Central Florida (FL) 89.26 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Ellington Fund
3500 R Street, NW
Suite #100
Washington, DC 20007
tel: (202) 282-0123
EIN: 52-1152273

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Board Leadership

Ari Fitzgerald
President

CEO

Tia Powell Harris
Chief Executive Officer

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