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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Seattle Arts and Lectures

We champion the literary arts

four stars

90.07

340 Fifteeth Avenue E Suite 301
Seattle, WA 98112
tel: (206) 621-2230   Web Site
EIN: 91-1384964

Board Leadership
Melanie Curtice
President

CEO
Ruth Dickey
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.07 four stars
  Financial 86.55 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region. SAL's public programs include the Literary Arts series, the Poetry series, Women You Need to Know (WYNK), Hinge, and SAL Presents. Writers in the School (WITS) matches accomplished creative writers with local K-12 public schools and hospitals for yearlong residences. Students discover their authentic voices, build community, and develop writing skills that will support them throughout their lives.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region. SAL's public programs include the Literary Arts series, the Poetry series, Women You Need to Know (WYNK), Hinge, and SAL Presents. Writers in the School (WITS) matches accomplished creative writers with local K-12 public schools and hospitals for yearlong residences. Students discover their authentic voices, build community, and develop writing skills that will support them throughout their lives.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of overall donors
830
Number of clients served
40,812
Total dollars received in contributions
1,335,060
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

86.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.66
  Program Expenses Growth 23.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Arts and Lectures on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Arts and Lectures on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Arts and Lectures (WA) 90.07 four stars
Miami Music Project (FL) 86.44 three stars
Community Center for the Arts (WY) 85.36 three stars
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (NY) 94.59 four stars
OPERA America (NY) 93.62 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $658,195
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $495,290
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $42,700
Total Contributions $1,196,185
   Program Service Revenue $1,235,729
Total Primary Revenue $2,431,914
   Other Revenue $-162,826
TOTAL REVENUE $2,269,088
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,611,576
   Administrative Expenses $96,588
   Fundraising Expenses $286,536
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,994,700
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $274,388
   
Net Assets $1,114,553

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
Writers in the Schools (WITS) $427,558 26.5%
SAL Presents $409,965 25.4%
Literary Art Series $389,164 24.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 04/01/2020 90.07 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 89.27 three stars
2017-06 03/01/2019 90.52 four 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 91-1384964
Name in IRS Master File SEATTLE ARTS AND LECTURES INC
NTEE Code A70
NTEE Classification Humanities Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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, 1992
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
$110,367 5.53% Ruth Dickey Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Arts and Lectures (WA) 90.07 four stars
Princess Grace Foundation-USA (NY) 87.04 three stars
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (NY) 94.59 four stars
Association of Performing Arts Professionals (DC) 87.35 three stars
The Actors Fund (NY) 94.28 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Seattle Arts and Lectures
340 Fifteeth Avenue E
Suite 301
Seattle, WA 98112
tel: (206) 621-2230
EIN: 91-1384964

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Board Leadership

Melanie Curtice
President

CEO

Ruth Dickey
Executive Director

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