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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Presenting performances of traditional and new classical music.

four stars

98.40

P.O. Box 250 Princeton, NJ 08542
tel: (609) 497-0020   Web Site
EIN: 22-2327766

Board Leadership
Yvonne Marcuse
President

CEO
Marc Uys
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.40 four stars
  Financial 97.74 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) works to provide extraordinary musical experiences and to do so as an integral part of the greater Princeton community. Since its founding in 1980, PSO has evolved into a professional orchestra which offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as lecture events, children's programs, and innovative collaborative programming. PSO is the orchestra is Princeton's hub for classical music knowledge, a gateway to the greater Princeton cultural community, and a means of connecting with like-minded music enthusiasts.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) works to provide extraordinary musical experiences and to do so as an integral part of the greater Princeton community. Since its founding in 1980, PSO has evolved into a professional orchestra which offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as lecture events, children's programs, and innovative collaborative programming. PSO is the orchestra is Princeton's hub for classical music knowledge, a gateway to the greater Princeton cultural community, and a means of connecting with like-minded music enthusiasts.

Financial

four stars

97.74

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.41
  Program Expenses Growth 18.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Princeton Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Princeton Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
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To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Our staff, Our board, Our funders
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 98.40 four stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 85.84 three stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 85.25 three stars
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (MA) 86.00 three stars
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DE) 87.09 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,769,776
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $158,657
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $55,592
Total Contributions $2,984,025
   Program Service Revenue $517,112
Total Primary Revenue $3,501,137
   Other Revenue $-13,422
TOTAL REVENUE $3,487,715
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,446,032
   Administrative Expenses $188,910
   Fundraising Expenses $177,637
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,812,579
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,675,136
   
Net Assets $7,178,100

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
Performances $1,195,116 82.6%
Education $250,916 17.3%

Ratings History
Princeton Symphony Orchestra has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 98.40 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 93.93 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 91.21 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 89.55 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 86.40 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 80.77 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.12 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 90.50 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 90.65 four stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 91.43 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2013 80.78 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 22-2327766
Name in IRS Master File PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC
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
(88) Community theatrical group
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 December, 1980
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
$114,342 6.30% Marc Uys Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 98.40 four stars
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 88.84 three stars
Los Angeles Master Chorale Association (CA) 87.47 three stars
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (TX) 90.49 four stars
Stamford Symphony Orchestra (CT) 85.64 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Princeton Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 250
Princeton, NJ 08542
tel: (609) 497-0020
fax: (609) 497-0904
EIN: 22-2327766

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Board Leadership

Yvonne Marcuse
President

CEO

Marc Uys
Executive Director

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