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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

The Orion Society

Informing, inspiring, and engaging individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community

68.89

187 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230
tel: (413) 528-4422   Web Site
EIN: 22-3508064

Board Leadership
Martha Schubert
Chair

CEO
Amy Brady
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.89
  Financial 59.02
  Accountability & Transparency 84.00
This rating was published 07/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since it's first publication in 1982, Orion has become a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns. Orion's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

Since it's first publication in 1982, Orion has become a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns. Orion's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

Financial

59.02

Accountability & Transparency

84.00

This rating was published 07/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
64.4%
  Administrative Expenses 33.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth < 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 91.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Orion Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Orion Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Orion Society (MA) 68.89
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Graywolf Press (MN) 95.47
National Review Institute (NY) 91.10

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $975,986
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,606
Total Contributions $1,066,592
   Program Service Revenue $503,905
Total Primary Revenue $1,570,497
   Other Revenue $11,610
TOTAL REVENUE $1,582,107
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $778,211
   Administrative Expenses $461,033
   Fundraising Expenses $19,148
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,258,392
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $323,715
   
Net Assets $39,816

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
Orion Publications $656,842 84.4%
Orion Books and Events $121,369 15.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-12 07/01/2022 68.89
2019-12 07/01/2021 74.03
2018-12 05/01/2020 71.35
2017-12 05/01/2019 72.25
2016-12 05/01/2018 70.25
2015-12 08/01/2017 61.96
2014-12 07/01/2016 73.76
2013-12 06/01/2016 72.24
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 04/01/2015 73.67

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 22-3508064
Name in IRS Master File ORION SOCIETY
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(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 May, 1997
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
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Orion Society (MA) 68.89
Common Sense Media (CA) 88.92
Vitae Foundation (MO) 89.32
Graywolf Press (MN) 95.47
National Review Institute (NY) 91.10

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Charity Contact Info

The Orion Society
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
tel: (413) 528-4422
EIN: 22-3508064

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Board Leadership

Martha Schubert
Chair

CEO

Amy Brady
Executive Director

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