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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Passionate music making without boundaries

two stars

79.57

236 Huntington Avenue Suite 209
Boston, MA 02115
tel: (617) 236-0999   Web Site
EIN: 04-2678312

Board Leadership
Sherie Bush
Chair

CEO
Elisabeth Christensen
General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.57 two stars
  Financial 73.29 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Boston Philharmonic message rings loud and clear- music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The orchestra's season includes performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The musicians represent the original spirited blend, and account for the passion, high level of participation, and technical accomplishment for which this ensemble is celebrated. The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs-including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and computer programmers-remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love.

The Boston Philharmonic message rings loud and clear- music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The orchestra's season includes performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The musicians represent the original spirited blend, and account for the passion, high level of participation, and technical accomplishment for which this ensemble is celebrated. The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs-including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and computer programmers-remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love.

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Financial

two stars

73.29

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
78.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth -2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Philharmonic Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Philharmonic Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) 79.57 two stars
New York Youth Symphony (NY) 90.30 four stars
Southwest Florida Symphony (FL) 89.89 three stars
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 85.62 three stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,476,129
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $280,977
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,757,106
   Program Service Revenue $398,306
Total Primary Revenue $3,155,412
   Other Revenue $-120,736
TOTAL REVENUE $3,034,676
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,124,307
   Administrative Expenses $299,548
   Fundraising Expenses $405,641
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,829,496
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $205,180
   
Net Assets $644,111

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
Youth Orchestra $992,695 46.7%
Performances $875,631 41.2%
Education and Community Engagement Programs $147,278 6.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 79.57 two stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 83.56 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 83.51 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 85.55 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 85.55 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.81 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 85.28 three stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 81.87 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 77.82 two stars
2011-06 04/01/2013 81.61 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 04-2678312
Name in IRS Master File BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CORPORATION
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
(995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
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 August, 1979
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
$95,000 3.35% Elisabeth Christensen Managing Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) 79.57 two stars
Stamford Symphony Orchestra (CT) 85.64 three stars
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 94.50 four stars
American Composers Orchestra (NY) 85.01 three stars
The Amarillo Symphony (TX) 88.67 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
236 Huntington Avenue
Suite 209
Boston, MA 02115
tel: (617) 236-0999
fax: (617) 236-8613
EIN: 04-2678312

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Board Leadership

Sherie Bush
Chair

CEO

Elisabeth Christensen
General Manager

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