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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

PEN American Center

Advancing literature and defending free expression

95.90

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

Board Leadership
Ayad Akhtar
President

CEO
Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.90
  Financial 95.81
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

95.81

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.43
  Program Expenses Growth 23.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
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) 95.90
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (CA) 89.73
Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) 94.81
Project Row Houses (TX) 91.84
National Book Foundation (NY) 89.39

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,973,385
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $402,109
   Fundraising Events $2,697,108
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $362,637
Total Contributions $11,435,239
   Program Service Revenue $277,624
Total Primary Revenue $11,712,863
   Other Revenue $577,064
TOTAL REVENUE $12,289,927
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,520,878
   Administrative Expenses $882,710
   Fundraising Expenses $1,044,384
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,447,972
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,841,955
   
Net Assets $12,348,022

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 $2,421,647 32.2%
PEN World Voices Festival $1,894,680 25.2%
Literary Awards $671,449 8.9%

Ratings History
PEN American Center has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 95.90
2018-12 06/01/2020 94.26
2017-12 05/01/2019 92.27
2016-12 06/01/2018 91.67
2015-12 09/01/2017 90.03
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.89
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.09
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.52
2012-12 04/01/2014 87.04
2011-12 04/01/2013 90.57
2010-06 12/01/2011 67.41
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.81
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 73.47
2008-06 10/01/2009 80.58

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$423,478 4.48% Suzanne Nossel Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PEN American Center (NY) 95.90
New World Symphony (FL) 90.00
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY) 91.39
Princess Grace Foundation-USA (NY) 85.98
The Loft Literary Center (MN) 90.41

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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

Ayad Akhtar
President

CEO

Suzanne Nossel
Executive Director

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