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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Grand Rapids Symphony

Listen it. Live it. Love it.

82.90

300 Ottawa Avenue NW Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
tel: (616) 454-9451   Web Site
EIN: 38-6005447

Board Leadership
Luis Avila
Chairperson

CEO
Mary Tuuk Kuras
President and CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.90
  Financial 81.04
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras. Our vision is for the Grand Rapids Symphony to be a more integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community. The institution has long been an important part of the community, with musical excellence, diverse programming, collaborative spirit, and a commitment to learning all adding to the quality of life we enjoy in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs.

The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras. Our vision is for the Grand Rapids Symphony to be a more integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community. The institution has long been an important part of the community, with musical excellence, diverse programming, collaborative spirit, and a commitment to learning all adding to the quality of life we enjoy in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs.

Financial

81.04

Accountability & Transparency

85.00

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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.23
  Program Expenses Growth 8.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 65.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Grand Rapids Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Grand Rapids Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Grand Rapids Symphony (MI) 82.90
Louisville Orchestra (KY) 90.75
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PA) 85.37
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 85.57
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SD) 90.22

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,011,311
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $162,500
   Related Organizations $1,025,000
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,198,811
   Program Service Revenue $3,058,444
Total Primary Revenue $10,257,255
   Other Revenue $84,165
TOTAL REVENUE $10,341,420
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,048,577
   Administrative Expenses $1,082,843
   Fundraising Expenses $783,555
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,914,975
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-573,555
   
Net Assets $2,607,350

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
Symphony $8,366,272 92.5%
Education Programs $682,305 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 02/01/2021 82.90
2018-08 12/01/2019 80.70
2017-08 12/01/2018 81.08
2016-08 12/01/2017 77.51
2015-08 03/01/2017 81.47
2014-08 06/01/2016 83.23
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 85.68
2013-08 02/01/2015 79.52
2012-08 11/01/2013 87.65

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

EIN 38-6005447
Name in IRS Master File GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY SOCIETY
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 October, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$109,808 1.00% Peter Perez President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Grand Rapids Symphony (MI) 82.90
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PA) 85.37
Columbus Symphony (OH) 85.97
Toledo Symphony (OH) 88.28
Louisville Orchestra (KY) 90.75

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Charity Contact Info

Grand Rapids Symphony
300 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
tel: (616) 454-9451
fax: (616) 454-7477
EIN: 38-6005447

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Board Leadership

Luis Avila
Chairperson

CEO

Mary Tuuk Kuras
President and CEO

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