Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

PEN American Center

Advancing literature and defending free expression

four stars

94.26

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 94.26 four stars
  Financial 92.94 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs
1
Number of first-time donors
2,439
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.29
  Program Expenses Growth 22.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.7%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,655,988
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $348,541
   Fundraising Events $2,352,483
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $59,995
Total Contributions $9,417,007
   Program Service Revenue $317,956
Total Primary Revenue $9,734,963
   Other Revenue $161,936
TOTAL REVENUE $9,896,899
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,397,847
   Administrative Expenses $865,760
   Fundraising Expenses $823,264
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,086,871
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,810,028
   
Net Assets $9,478,450

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$383,533 4.74% Suzanne Nossel Executive Director

Mission

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.

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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