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Baltimore Clayworks

Providing outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative programs in ceramics to people of all ages and abilities.

three stars

85.27

5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209
tel: (410) 578-1919   Web Site
EIN: 52-1409133

Board Leadership
Marcy Emmer
President

CEO
Cyndi Wish
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.27 three stars
  Financial 80.78 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Baltimore Clayworks is the region's only cultural institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Founded by nine artists in 1980, Clayworks is a mid-sized cultural organization, attentive to its neighborhood, possessing a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists' support, and community involvement. The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Its core values are artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy.

Baltimore Clayworks is the region's only cultural institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Founded by nine artists in 1980, Clayworks is a mid-sized cultural organization, attentive to its neighborhood, possessing a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists' support, and community involvement. The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Its core values are artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy.

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Financial

three stars

80.78

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.57
  Program Expenses Growth -13.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Baltimore Clayworks on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Baltimore Clayworks on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Baltimore Clayworks (MD) 85.27 three stars
Merit School of Music (IL) 90.98 four stars
Rainey Institute (OH) 90.66 four stars
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 89.46 three stars
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) (NY) 94.20 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $722,013
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $722,013
   Program Service Revenue $366,995
Total Primary Revenue $1,089,008
   Other Revenue $117,061
TOTAL REVENUE $1,206,069
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $633,331
   Administrative Expenses $155,331
   Fundraising Expenses $44,892
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $833,554
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $372,515
   
Net Assets $2,477,005

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
Community Arts $426,577 67.4%
Artistic Programs $134,054 21.2%
Exhibitions $72,700 11.5%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 85.27 three stars
2017-12 07/01/2019 82.96 three stars
2016-12 12/21/2018 75.88 two stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 71.80 two stars
2015-12 12/22/2017 79.31 two stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 80.85 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 76.32 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 75.81 two stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 72.17 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 71.72 two stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 72.65 two stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 77.39 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.54 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 81.90 three stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 69.76 one star
2007-12 06/01/2009 71.98 two stars

Historical CN Advisories

08/04/2017-12/22/2017: High Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the High Concern CN Advisory for Baltimore Clayworks on December 22, 2017, because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • On September 27, 2017, The Baltimore Sun published an article titled, "Baltimore Clayworks to reopen with new board, old debt." For more information see The Baltimore Sun article.

Charity Navigator had published a High Concern CN Advisory on Baltimore Clayworks because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On July 17, 2017, The Baltimore Sun reported on the operations of Baltimore Clayworks, a former charity that has recently dissolved, in an article titled, "Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years." For this reason, we have issued a High Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see The Baltimore Sun article.

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

EIN 52-1409133
Name in IRS Master File BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS INC
NTEE Code A40
NTEE Classification Visual Arts Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
(91) Art exhibit
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 February, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$13,558 1.62% Cyndi Wish Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$49,872 5.98% Nicole Fall Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Baltimore Clayworks (MD) 85.27 three stars
Merola Opera Program (CA) 88.03 three stars
Joy of Music Program (MA) 88.92 three stars
ETM-LA (CA) 93.98 four stars
Merit School of Music (IL) 90.98 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
tel: (410) 578-1919
EIN: 52-1409133

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Board Leadership

Marcy Emmer
President

CEO

Cyndi Wish
Executive Director

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