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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

From the Top

Great kids. Great music. Hope for the future.

three stars

80.02

295 Huntington Avenue Suite 201
Boston, MA 02115
tel: (617) 437-0707   Web Site
EIN: 04-3583756

Board Leadership
Jeffrey F. Rayport
Chair

CEO
Gretchen Nielsen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.02 three stars
  Financial 76.06 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8­­-18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8­­-18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.

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Financial

two stars

76.06

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
69.4%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.33
  Program Expenses Growth -5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by From the Top on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by From the Top on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
From the Top (MA) 80.02 three stars
CET (OH) 86.76 three stars
WNET (NY) 90.19 four stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 87.37 three stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,797,712
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $227,173
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $188,000
Total Contributions $2,212,885
   Program Service Revenue $534,394
Total Primary Revenue $2,747,279
   Other Revenue $-45,305
TOTAL REVENUE $2,701,974
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,102,198
   Administrative Expenses $496,463
   Fundraising Expenses $584,121
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,182,782
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-480,808
   
Net Assets $1,143,606

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
Radio Show $1,086,576 51.7%
Marketing and Communications $446,163 21.2%
Scholarships to Young Musicians in Need $341,552 16.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 80.02 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 86.68 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 91.37 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 89.39 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 78.38 two stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 79.81 two stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 78.01 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 78.77 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.98 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 89.42 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 89.74 three stars
2007-06 06/01/2009 95.27 four 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 04-3583756
Name in IRS Master File FROM THE TOP INC
NTEE Code A30
NTEE Classification Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 July, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$147,790 4.64% Jennifer Hurley-Wales President/CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
From the Top (MA) 80.02 three stars
Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media (MN) 91.12 four stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 87.37 three stars
StoryCorps (NY) 88.26 three stars
CET (OH) 86.76 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

From the Top
295 Huntington Avenue
Suite 201
Boston, MA 02115
tel: (617) 437-0707
fax: (617) 262-4190
EIN: 04-3583756

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Board Leadership

Jeffrey F. Rayport
Chair

CEO

Gretchen Nielsen
Executive Director

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