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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Part of Charleston's cultural fabric since 1936

three stars

89.26

2133 N Hillside Drive Charleston, SC 29407
tel: (843) 723-7528   Web Site
EIN: 57-6000192

Board Leadership
Robert Siedell
President

CEO
Michael A. Smith
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.26 three stars
  Financial 84.82 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

As the largest full-time performing arts organization in South Carolina, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a central component in the rich cultural foundation of this region. A partner in weaving the cultural fabric of the City of Charleston since 1936, the CSO attracts an audience of over 100,000 people annually. The mission of the CSO is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of music among visitors and the peoples of the Tri-County region and to make music a vital part of the area's cultural life. The CSO's education programs include Kinder Konzerts, Family Concerts, Young People's Concerts, In School ensembles, and the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry.

As the largest full-time performing arts organization in South Carolina, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a central component in the rich cultural foundation of this region. A partner in weaving the cultural fabric of the City of Charleston since 1936, the CSO attracts an audience of over 100,000 people annually. The mission of the CSO is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of music among visitors and the peoples of the Tri-County region and to make music a vital part of the area's cultural life. The CSO's education programs include Kinder Konzerts, Family Concerts, Young People's Concerts, In School ensembles, and the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry.

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Financial

three stars

84.82

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
84.4%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 54.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charleston Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charleston Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 89.26 three stars
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (TX) 90.14 four stars
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (WI) 87.96 three stars
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 85.01 three stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,528,025
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $190,000
   Government Grants $175,000
Total Contributions $1,893,025
   Program Service Revenue $1,749,506
Total Primary Revenue $3,642,531
   Other Revenue $-8,356
TOTAL REVENUE $3,634,175
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,006,157
   Administrative Expenses $255,288
   Fundraising Expenses $309,092
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,570,537
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $63,638
   
Net Assets $1,111,293

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
Concert Series $2,688,344 89.4%
Education and Outreach Initiatives $317,813 10.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 12/01/2019 89.26 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 86.74 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 89.02 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 87.75 three stars
2015-06 05/01/2017 83.05 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 79.82 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 86.72 three stars
2014-06 12/01/2015 71.67 two stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 80.83 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 64.73 one star
2011-06 10/01/2012 67.83 one star
2010-06 02/01/2012 75.18 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 75.98 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 73.97 two stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 80.80 three stars
2007-06 12/01/2008 84.46 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 77.91 two stars

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

EIN 57-6000192
Name in IRS Master File CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
(89) Singing society or group
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)
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 March, 1946
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$99,254 2.77% Michael Smith Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 89.26 three stars
Oregon Symphony (OR) 89.51 three stars
Symphony Silicon Valley (CA) 89.48 three stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 85.46 three stars
Toledo Symphony (OH) 86.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Charleston Symphony Orchestra
2133 N Hillside Drive
Charleston, SC 29407
tel: (843) 723-7528
EIN: 57-6000192

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 30818
Charleston, SC 29417

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Board Leadership

Robert Siedell
President

CEO

Michael A. Smith
Executive Director

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