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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

The Renaissance Society is an independent, non-collecting museum of contemporary art.

three stars

84.24

5811 South Ellis Avenue Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60637
tel: (773) 702-8670   Web Site
EIN: 36-6109822

Board Leadership
Richard Wright
President

CEO
Myriam Ben Salah
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.24 three stars
  Financial 83.53 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.

We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.

We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.

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Financial

three stars

83.53

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
69.8%
  Administrative Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.43
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (IL) 84.24 three stars
South Street Seaport Museum (NY) 89.44 three stars
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association (VA) 91.75 four stars
Museum of the City of New York (NY) 91.29 four stars
Strawbery Banke Museum (NH) 86.79 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,575,530
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $219,400
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $18,300
Total Contributions $1,813,230
   Program Service Revenue $110,664
Total Primary Revenue $1,923,894
   Other Revenue $302,370
TOTAL REVENUE $2,226,264
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,158,453
   Administrative Expenses $245,777
   Fundraising Expenses $150,077
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,554,307
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $671,957
   
Net Assets $8,509,124

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
Exhibitions and New Work Productions $693,505 59.9%
Publications and Editions $315,643 27.2%
Educational Events $149,305 12.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 84.24 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 85.00 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 86.70 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 88.41 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 88.03 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.51 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 84.34 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 86.01 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 80.72 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 80.66 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 36-6109822
Name in IRS Master File RENAISSANCE SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 May, 1953
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
$232,227 14.94% Solveig Ovstebo Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (IL) 84.24 three stars
Strawbery Banke Museum (NH) 86.79 three stars
South Street Seaport Museum (NY) 89.44 three stars
Genesee Country Village & Museum (NY) 90.60 four stars
Museum of South Texas History (TX) 90.84 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60637
tel: (773) 702-8670
fax: (773) 702-9669
EIN: 36-6109822

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Board Leadership

Richard Wright
President

CEO

Myriam Ben Salah
Executive Director

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