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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

68.81

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
CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.81
  Financial 55.90
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 03/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

55.90

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
61.9%
  Administrative Expenses 20.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
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) 68.81
Music Center Foundation (CA) 91.69
National Arts Strategies (VA) 92.21
United Performing Arts Fund (WI) 91.39
ArtsFund (WA) 85.44

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,968,051
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $97,386
Total Contributions $2,065,437
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,065,437
   Other Revenue $-3,731,965
TOTAL REVENUE $-1,666,528
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,076,815
   Administrative Expenses $346,459
   Fundraising Expenses $271,707
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,694,981
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,361,509
   
Net Assets $20,991,406

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 $990,548 92.0%
Scholarships $86,267 8.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-09 03/01/2022 68.81
2019-09 04/01/2021 72.63
2019-09 12/01/2020 71.55
2018-09 02/01/2020 77.92
2017-09 12/01/2018 74.64
2016-09 03/01/2018 78.17
2015-09 03/01/2017 80.85
2014-09 06/01/2016 83.18
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 86.93
2013-09 05/01/2015 75.54
2012-09 03/01/2014 70.19
2011-09 12/01/2012 76.37
2010-09 02/01/2012 79.00
2009-09 09/20/2011 78.16
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 70.80
2008-09 05/01/2010 84.64
2007-09 12/17/2008 92.68
2006-09 02/01/2008 77.14
2005-09 10/01/2006 65.58
2004-09 07/01/2006 66.88

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$37,581 2.21% Tia Powell Harris CEO $150,325

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ellington Fund (DC) 68.81
Arts & Science Council (NC) 85.30
Americans for the Arts (DC) 88.88
ArtsFund (WA) 85.44
National Guild for Community Arts Education (NY) 91.79

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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
CEO

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