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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

PEN American Center

Advancing literature and defending free expression

four stars

90.03

588 Broadway Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
tel: (212) 334-1660   Web Site
EIN: 13-3447888

Board Leadership
Andrew Solomon
President

CEO
Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.03 four stars
  Financial 86.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1922, PEN American Center (PEN) is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN is comprised of 4,000 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Advocate Members who come from all parts of the literary community - booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers - and who share PEN's ideals. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, International PEN. Our programs promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.

Founded in 1922, PEN American Center (PEN) is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN is comprised of 4,000 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Advocate Members who come from all parts of the literary community - booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers - and who share PEN's ideals. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, International PEN. Our programs promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2016
Total number of organization members
4,492
Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs
5
Number of first-time donors
2,014
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Financial

three stars

86.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
72.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth 10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PEN American Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PEN American Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PEN American Center (NY) 90.03 four stars
Pasadena Conservatory of Music (CA) 91.42 four stars
The Field (NY) 89.25 three stars
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY) 89.66 three stars
Grantmakers in the Arts (WA) 85.95 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,696,516
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $312,060
   Fundraising Events $1,269,645
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $70,000
Total Contributions $4,348,221
   Program Service Revenue $116,688
Total Primary Revenue $4,464,909
   Other Revenue $85,153
TOTAL REVENUE $4,550,062
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,456,730
   Administrative Expenses $333,770
   Fundraising Expenses $973,409
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,763,909
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-213,847
   
Net Assets $4,765,479

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
Free Expression Programming $978,620 28.3%
PEN World Voices Festival $816,238 23.6%
Literary Awards $402,175 11.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 09/01/2017 90.03 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.89 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.09 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.52 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 87.04 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 90.57 four stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 67.41 one star
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.81 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 73.47 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 80.58 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 13-3447888
Name in IRS Master File PEN AMERICAN CENTER INC
NTEE Code A70
NTEE Classification Humanities Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
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 November, 1992
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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
$274,738 5.76% Suzanne Nossel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PEN American Center (NY) 90.03 four stars
Artspace Projects (MN) 88.90 three stars
National Performance Network (LA) 86.97 three stars
The Kitchen (NY) 86.97 three stars
Grantmakers in the Arts (WA) 85.95 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

PEN American Center
588 Broadway
Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
tel: (212) 334-1660
EIN: 13-3447888

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Board Leadership

Andrew Solomon
President

CEO

Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

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