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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$232,227 14.94% Solveig Ovstebo Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (IL) 84.24 three stars
Museum of South Texas History (TX) 90.84 four stars
Fairfield Museum and History Center (CT) 94.04 four stars
Historic New England (MA) 90.71 four stars
Santa Barbara Historical Museum (CA) 87.46 three 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