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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

PEN American Center

Advancing literature and defending free expression

four stars

91.67

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

Board Leadership
Jennifer Egan
President

CEO
Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.67 four stars
  Financial 88.92 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

Financial

three stars

88.92

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
72.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.22
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.0%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PEN American Center (NY) 91.67 four stars
Pasadena Conservatory of Music (CA) 91.23 four stars
Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation (NY) 89.85 three stars
Dance/USA (DC) 87.92 three stars
HERE (NY) 90.80 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,397,948
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $318,615
   Fundraising Events $1,553,940
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $278,672
Total Contributions $6,549,175
   Program Service Revenue $140,815
Total Primary Revenue $6,689,990
   Other Revenue $66,710
TOTAL REVENUE $6,756,700
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,016,612
   Administrative Expenses $448,302
   Fundraising Expenses $889,611
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,354,525
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,402,175
   
Net Assets $6,656,336

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 $1,253,016 31.2%
PEN World Voices Festival $884,615 22.0%
Literary Awards $422,795 10.5%

Ratings History
PEN American Center has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 91.67 four stars
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
$320,572 5.98% Suzanne Nossel Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PEN American Center (NY) 91.67 four stars
Creative Time (NY) 87.46 three stars
National Performance Network (LA) 89.39 three stars
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY) 89.66 three stars
HERE (NY) 90.80 four 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

Jennifer Egan
President

CEO

Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

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