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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Denver Film Society

Developing Opportunities for Diverse Audiences to Discover Film Through Creative, Thought-Provoking Experiences

89.39

1510 York Street 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80206
tel: (303) 595-3456   Web Site
EIN: 84-0771070

Board Leadership
Michael Day
Chair

CEO
James Mejia
Chief Executive Officer

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.39
  Financial 89.80
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) has worked to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. DFS is dedicated to engaging its members and general audiences in a lifelong relationship with film.

The Denver Film Society operates the Sie FilmCenter, the organization's year-round cinematic home, presents the annual award-winning Denver Film Festival in November, and hosts the popular summer movies series, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Since 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) has worked to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. DFS is dedicated to engaging its members and general audiences in a lifelong relationship with film.

The Denver Film Society operates the Sie FilmCenter, the organization's year-round cinematic home, presents the annual award-winning Denver Film Festival in November, and hosts the popular summer movies series, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Financial

89.80

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.34
  Program Expenses Growth 18.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Film Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Film Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Film Society (CO) 89.39
Grand Teton Music Festival (WY) 96.39
Waterfire Providence (RI) 85.86
International Folk Art Alliance (NM) 86.24
Chicago Humanities Festival (IL) 89.13

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,079,784
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $313,562
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $730,395
Total Contributions $3,123,741
   Program Service Revenue $3,044,318
Total Primary Revenue $6,168,059
   Other Revenue $249,548
TOTAL REVENUE $6,417,607
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,877,158
   Administrative Expenses $628,959
   Fundraising Expenses $297,061
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,803,178
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-385,571
   
Net Assets $2,068,581

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
Sie Film Center $2,633,014 44.8%
Denver Film Festival $1,179,608 20.1%
Film on the Rocks $599,754 10.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-01 05/01/2021 89.39
2019-01 11/01/2019 89.15
2018-01 02/01/2019 88.24
2017-01 02/01/2018 89.90
2015-03 06/01/2016 88.28
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 84.44
2014-03 09/01/2015 80.59
2013-03 10/01/2014 86.15

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

EIN 84-0771070
Name in IRS Master File DENVER FILM SOCIETY
NTEE Code A31
NTEE Classification Film, Video
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
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 December, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End January
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • January, 2018
  • January, 2017
  • January, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$93,967 1.38% Britta Erickson Interim Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$112,902 1.65% Andrew Rodgers Former Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Film Society (CO) 89.39
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (CO) 88.87
Chicago Humanities Festival (IL) 89.13
Strings Music Festival (CO) 91.31
May Festival (OH) 85.64

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Charity Contact Info

Denver Film Society
1510 York Street
3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80206
tel: (303) 595-3456
EIN: 84-0771070

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Board Leadership

Michael Day
Chair

CEO

James Mejia
Chief Executive Officer

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