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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Encouraging musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment

three stars

88.64

855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 353-3348   Web Site
EIN: 04-2790069

Board Leadership
Joe Grimaldi
President

CEO
Catherine Weiskel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.64 three stars
  Financial 88.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' mission is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, and making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach. In the 62 years since its founding, BYSO has continuously elevated, enhanced and been driven to change, adapt and perfect to meet the dynamic needs of our students and communities. Today we provide a rich and broad range of programs from chamber music to opera. Our unique and extensive programming is rooted in quality and delivered in a nurturing environment.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' mission is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, and making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach. In the 62 years since its founding, BYSO has continuously elevated, enhanced and been driven to change, adapt and perfect to meet the dynamic needs of our students and communities. Today we provide a rich and broad range of programs from chamber music to opera. Our unique and extensive programming is rooted in quality and delivered in a nurturing environment.

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Financial

three stars

88.30

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
70.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.19
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (MA) 88.64 three stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars
Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) 89.91 three stars
Wichita Symphony Society (KS) 98.54 four stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.82 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,203,867
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $187,212
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $54,915
Total Contributions $1,445,994
   Program Service Revenue $1,784,610
Total Primary Revenue $3,230,604
   Other Revenue $91,762
TOTAL REVENUE $3,322,366
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,352,449
   Administrative Expenses $599,479
   Fundraising Expenses $339,862
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,291,790
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $30,576
   
Net Assets $4,023,589

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
Orchestra Operations $1,619,501 68.8%
Marketing $262,937 11.2%
Tour $235,785 10.0%
Concert Productions $227,576 9.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 03/01/2020 88.64 three stars
2017-06 11/01/2019 88.46 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 04-2790069
Name in IRS Master File BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC
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 (119) Other cultural or historical activities
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 June, 1983
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$172,870 5.25% Catherine Weiskel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (MA) 88.64 three stars
Louisville Orchestra (KY) 90.78 four stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 93.93 four stars
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 89.26 three stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 85.46 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 353-3348
EIN: 04-2790069

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Board Leadership

Joe Grimaldi
President

CEO

Catherine Weiskel
Executive Director

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