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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Inspiring, educating, and connecting audiences of all ages

two stars

77.73

150 Boush Street Suite 201
Norfolk, VA 23510
tel: (757) 466-3060   Web Site
EIN: 54-6000598

Board Leadership
Patrick McDermott
Chair

CEO
Karen M. Philion
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.73 two stars
  Financial 70.49 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages. We do this by providing world-class musical and educational services for the enrichment, inspiration, and enjoyment of Hampton Roads communities. The vision of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is to help grow a vibrant community using the arts as a cultural resource, a driver of economic activity, and a partner in education. At the time it was founded in 1920, the Norfolk Symphony was the only American orchestra between Baltimore and Atlanta. In 1979, the Norfolk Symphony merged with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Beach Pops Symphony to become the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which was incorporated on April 10, 1979. Now in its 95th season, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is Southeastern Virginia's preeminent professional symphony orchestra.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages. We do this by providing world-class musical and educational services for the enrichment, inspiration, and enjoyment of Hampton Roads communities. The vision of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is to help grow a vibrant community using the arts as a cultural resource, a driver of economic activity, and a partner in education. At the time it was founded in 1920, the Norfolk Symphony was the only American orchestra between Baltimore and Atlanta. In 1979, the Norfolk Symphony merged with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Beach Pops Symphony to become the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which was incorporated on April 10, 1979. Now in its 95th season, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is Southeastern Virginia's preeminent professional symphony orchestra.

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Financial

two stars

70.49

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
75.9%
  Administrative Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 150.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Virginia Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VA) 77.73 two stars
Boston Symphony Orchestra (MA) 88.49 three stars
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 88.84 three stars
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 90.85 four stars
Southwest Florida Symphony (FL) 93.69 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,137,578
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $50,212
   Related Organizations $223,869
   Government Grants $608,175
Total Contributions $5,019,834
   Program Service Revenue $2,763,660
Total Primary Revenue $7,783,494
   Other Revenue $57,055
TOTAL REVENUE $7,840,549
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,077,394
   Administrative Expenses $1,110,460
   Fundraising Expenses $381,513
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,569,367
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,271,182
   
Net Assets $-1,267,512

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
Orchestra, Education and Community Programs $5,077,394 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 77.73 two stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 74.59 two stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 75.52 two stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 75.72 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 77.48 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 78.55 two stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 77.06 two stars
2012-06 02/01/2014 77.09 two 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 54-6000598
Name in IRS Master File VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 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 January, 1957
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$160,486 2.44% Karen Philion President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VA) 77.73 two stars
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DE) 87.09 three stars
The Los Angeles Philharmonic (CA) 91.95 four stars
Boston Landmarks Orchestra (MA) 85.07 three stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 93.93 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Virginia Symphony Orchestra
150 Boush Street
Suite 201
Norfolk, VA 23510
tel: (757) 466-3060
fax: (757) 466-3046
EIN: 54-6000598

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Board Leadership

Patrick McDermott
Chair

CEO

Karen M. Philion
President & CEO

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