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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

The Harmony Project

Music changing lives in L.A.

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Impact Information is available from our partner, GuideStar

four stars

91.57

4322 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (323) 462-4311   Web Site
EIN: 95-4856236

Board Leadership
Susan Plutsky
Chair

CEO
Myka Miller
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.57 four stars
  Financial 90.35 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Harmony Project is an award-winning research-based nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. We promote positive youth development through year-round music lessons and ensemble participation. Our mission is to: promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music; to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music; to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children's growth and development.

Harmony Project is an award-winning research-based nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. We promote positive youth development through year-round music lessons and ensemble participation. Our mission is to: promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music; to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music; to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children's growth and development.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2017
Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits
90
Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance
3,012
Rate of student attendance during the reporting period
81
Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution
75
Number of students enrolled
3,012
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This impact information is current as of January 2019, 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

90.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.49
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Harmony Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Harmony Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Harmony Project (CA) 91.57 four stars
Arts for Learning (FL) 88.01 three stars
DreamYard Project (NY) 86.67 three stars
Studio in a School (NY) 88.27 three stars
The Art Institute of Chicago (IL) 89.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,045,054
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $125,461
Total Contributions $3,170,515
   Program Service Revenue $111,448
Total Primary Revenue $3,281,963
   Other Revenue $25,201
TOTAL REVENUE $3,307,164
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,681,086
   Administrative Expenses $298,832
   Fundraising Expenses $286,407
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,266,325
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $40,839
   
Net Assets $1,603,605

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
Music Education Program $2,636,910 98.4%

Ratings History
The Harmony Project has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 91.57 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 95.47 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 94.47 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 94.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.71 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 94.14 four stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 88.97 three stars
2011-06 12/01/2012 89.61 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 95-4856236
Name in IRS Master File THE HARMONY PROJECT
NTEE Code B28
NTEE Classification Specialized Education Institutions
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 December, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 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
$102,292 3.13% Myka Miller Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Harmony Project (CA) 91.57 four stars
Education Through Music, Inc. (New York) (NY) 93.96 four stars
Free Spirit Media (IL) 92.74 four stars
Artists For Humanity (MA) 91.59 four stars
Third Street Music School Settlement (NY) 92.27 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Harmony Project
4322 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (323) 462-4311
EIN: 95-4856236

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Board Leadership

Susan Plutsky
Chair

CEO

Myka Miller
Executive Director

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