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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

Enrich, entertain, and educate the south central Pennsylvania community

one star

62.58

48 North Christian Street Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17608
tel: (717) 291-6440   Web Site
EIN: 23-6299058

Board Leadership
Mary Ellen Davis
Chair

CEO
Guy McIntosh
General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 62.58 one star
  Financial 56.41 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 70.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's core purpose is to enrich, entertain, and educate the south central Pennsylvania community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages. Now in its 73rd season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has played for nearly four decades under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. The Symphony has evolved from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into a $1 million organization of professional musicians presenting Classic Series concerts and the Sounds of the Season holiday concert series.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's core purpose is to enrich, entertain, and educate the south central Pennsylvania community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages. Now in its 73rd season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has played for nearly four decades under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. The Symphony has evolved from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into a $1 million organization of professional musicians presenting Classic Series concerts and the Sounds of the Season holiday concert series.

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Financial

one star

56.41

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

70.00

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)
63.7%
  Administrative Expenses 21.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.13
  Program Expenses Growth -12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 77.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lancaster Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lancaster Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (PA) 62.58 one star
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 94.50 four stars
Colorado Symphony (CO) 85.36 three stars
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH) 85.97 three stars
San Francisco Symphony (CA) 87.74 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $251,739
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $14,852
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,448
Total Contributions $357,039
   Program Service Revenue $329,852
Total Primary Revenue $686,891
   Other Revenue $-632
TOTAL REVENUE $686,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $628,040
   Administrative Expenses $202,856
   Fundraising Expenses $140,719
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $971,615
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-285,356
   
Net Assets $147,872

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 Orchestra $627,040 99.8%
Scholarship and Award Program $1,000 0.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 62.58 one star
2018-06 04/01/2020 64.35 one star
2017-06 02/01/2020 62.65 one star

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

EIN 23-6299058
Name in IRS Master File LANCASTER 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
(59) Other school related 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 March, 1948
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
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (PA) 62.58 one star
The Florida Orchestra (FL) 92.01 four stars
Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) 85.06 three stars
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 88.84 three stars
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 85.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
48 North Christian Street
Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17608
tel: (717) 291-6440
fax: (717) 291-6441
EIN: 23-6299058

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Board Leadership

Mary Ellen Davis
Chair

CEO

Guy McIntosh
General Manager

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