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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance)

Empowering young people through creativity, dialogue and performance.

86.17

670 Centre Street Ste. 8
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
tel: (617) 524-7045   Web Site
EIN: 04-2786576

Board Leadership
James Benenson
Chair

CEO
Francie Karlen
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.17
  Financial 83.84
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

OUR MISSION: To strengthen young people's social and emotional skills for every stage in life, through dialogue, creativity and performance.

OUR VISION: Empowered youth building diverse and inclusive communities where all voices are heard.

OUR VALUES: As an organization working toward a socially just and equitable society through youth enrichment and youth empowerment, we uphold these values:
Creativity, Empathy, Respect, Cooperation, Empowered Self-Expression, Diversity & Inclusion, Positive Social Change

OUR MISSION: To strengthen young people's social and emotional skills for every stage in life, through dialogue, creativity and performance.

OUR VISION: Empowered youth building diverse and inclusive communities where all voices are heard.

OUR VALUES: As an organization working toward a socially just and equitable society through youth enrichment and youth empowerment, we uphold these values:
Creativity, Empathy, Respect, Cooperation, Empowered Self-Expression, Diversity & Inclusion, Positive Social Change

Financial

83.84

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
72.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.57
  Program Expenses Growth 9.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person)
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
RFL actively sought a person of color to lead Urban Improv, our largest program, serving primarily Black and brown students Additionally, leadership changes have introduced the first person of color to lead the entire organization, at the completion of a founder transition
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance) (MA) 86.17
Huntington Theatre Company (MA) 92.16
People's Light & Theatre Company (PA) 86.17
Unicorn Theatre (MO) 87.32
MCC Theater (NY) 87.24

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $401,748
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $664,481
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $42,600
Total Contributions $1,108,829
   Program Service Revenue $267,029
Total Primary Revenue $1,375,858
   Other Revenue $18,691
TOTAL REVENUE $1,394,549
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,175,478
   Administrative Expenses $107,847
   Fundraising Expenses $226,620
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,509,945
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-115,396
   
Net Assets $947,991

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
Urban Improv $929,079 79.0%
Performance Companies $246,399 21.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 86.17
2017-06 05/01/2018 81.24
2016-06 05/01/2017 82.11
2015-06 06/01/2016 82.02
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 04/01/2015 76.08

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

EIN 04-2786576
Name in IRS Master File REHEARSAL FOR LIFE INC
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (88) Community theatrical group
(995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(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 May, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$99,665 6.60% Kippy Dewey Co-Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$90,326 5.98% Frances Karlen Co-Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance) (MA) 86.17
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (MD) 86.87
Hale Centre Theatre (UT) 91.45
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (MO) 85.82
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (OH) 96.44

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Charity Contact Info

Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance)
670 Centre Street
Ste. 8
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
tel: (617) 524-7045
fax: (617) 524-7005
EIN: 04-2786576

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Board Leadership

James Benenson
Chair

CEO

Francie Karlen
Executive Director

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