Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Part of Charleston's cultural fabric since 1936

three stars

88.84

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 88.84 three stars
  Financial 84.23 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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

84.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 54.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,774,683
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $181,734
Total Contributions $1,956,417
   Program Service Revenue $1,620,536
Total Primary Revenue $3,576,953
   Other Revenue $-5,108
TOTAL REVENUE $3,571,845
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,066,312
   Administrative Expenses $269,094
   Fundraising Expenses $259,840
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,595,246
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-23,401
   
Net Assets $1,139,028

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,784 2.80% Michael A. Smith Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 88.84 three stars
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (OH) 91.14 four stars
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 88.24 three stars
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 85.62 three stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.82 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