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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

From the Top

Great kids. Great music. Hope for the future.

two stars

79.90

PO Box 237 Malden, MA 02148
tel: (617) 437-0707   Web Site
EIN: 04-3583756

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Sikorovsky
Chair

CEO
Gretchen Nielsen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.90 two stars
  Financial 72.46 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

two stars

72.46

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
65.9%
  Administrative Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.33
  Program Expenses Growth -6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.9%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
From the Top (MA) 79.90 two stars
Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media (MN) 92.23 four stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 86.77 three stars
Center for Asian American Media (CA) 94.34 four stars
Art21 (NY) 85.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,078,993
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $231,320
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $189,250
Total Contributions $2,499,563
   Program Service Revenue $613,463
Total Primary Revenue $3,113,026
   Other Revenue $-53,531
TOTAL REVENUE $3,059,495
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,879,739
   Administrative Expenses $594,040
   Fundraising Expenses $645,479
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,119,258
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-59,763
   
Net Assets $1,083,843

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 $998,645 53.1%
Marketing and Communications $276,601 14.7%
Leadership and Community Engagement $136,485 7.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 79.90 two stars
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
$175,204 5.61% Gretchen Nielsen Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
From the Top (MA) 79.90 two stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 86.77 three stars
WNET (NY) 94.20 four stars
American Documentary (NY) 90.54 four stars
CET (OH) 85.92 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

From the Top
PO Box 237
Malden, MA 02148
tel: (617) 437-0707
fax: (617) 262-4190
EIN: 04-3583756

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Sikorovsky
Chair

CEO

Gretchen Nielsen
Executive Director

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