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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Merit School of Music

Making music . . .building lives

four stars

91.86

Joy Faith Knapp Music Center 38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 786-9428   Web Site
EIN: 36-3028768

Board Leadership
Nina G. Stillman
Board Chair

CEO
Charles Grode
President & Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.86 four stars
  Financial 89.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Merit offers a full range of music programming for children, ages newborn to 18 years, including early childhood classes, beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental and vocal group instruction, private lessons, theory classes, ensembles and musical theatre. Merit's classes are offered at dozens of sites throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This year, the School will reach nearly 5,000 young people throughout Chicagoland.

Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Merit offers a full range of music programming for children, ages newborn to 18 years, including early childhood classes, beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental and vocal group instruction, private lessons, theory classes, ensembles and musical theatre. Merit's classes are offered at dozens of sites throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This year, the School will reach nearly 5,000 young people throughout Chicagoland.

Financial

three stars

89.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.34
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Merit School of Music on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Merit School of Music on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Merit School of Music (IL) 91.86 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,523,135
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $918,926
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,000
Total Contributions $3,448,061
   Program Service Revenue $2,871,049
Total Primary Revenue $6,319,110
   Other Revenue $872,214
TOTAL REVENUE $7,191,324
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,531,907
   Administrative Expenses $741,479
   Fundraising Expenses $577,925
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,851,311
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $340,013
   
Net Assets $21,747,979

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
Private Music Lessons $2,149,590 38.9%
The Bridges Partners in Music Program $1,086,238 19.6%
Instrumental Music Program $952,814 17.2%

Ratings History
Merit School of Music has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 10/01/2017 91.86 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 91.41 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.08 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.63 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 84.02 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 89.07 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 89.70 three stars
2010-06 12/23/2011 89.07 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 87.83 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 82.70 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 80.43 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 80.38 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 91.54 four stars
2006-06 02/01/2008 81.26 three 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 36-3028768
Name in IRS Master File MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC
NTEE Code A6E
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Schools
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(149) Other instruction and training
(568) Vocational counseling
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 September, 1979
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$58,133 0.84% Charles Grode President and Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$148,184 2.16% Rita McLennon Development Director
$110,038 1.60% Cheryl Wolfersberger Director or Finance

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Merit School of Music (IL) 91.86 four stars
Arts for Learning (FL) 87.76 three stars
Artists For Humanity (MA) 91.59 four stars
Third Street Music School Settlement (NY) 90.97 four stars
The Art Institute of Chicago (IL) 88.38 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Merit School of Music
Joy Faith Knapp Music Center
38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 786-9428
fax: (312) 267-4489
EIN: 36-3028768

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Board Leadership

Nina G. Stillman
Board Chair

CEO

Charles Grode
President & Executive Director

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