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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre

Sustaining, Dramatizing, Educating and Strengthening

83.24

36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280
tel: (212) 213-2120   Web Site
EIN: 13-3998872

Board Leadership
Sandra Cahn and Carol Levin
Co-Chairs

CEO
Dominick Balletta
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.24
  Financial 81.65
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00
This rating was published 12/23/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides. The Yiddish theatre represents a rare but vital connection to a culture, a language, and a way of life nearly destroyed seventy years ago. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary season, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has a burgeoning creative engine, but must maintain a connection to future generations who may never have heard of Yiddish or encountered Eastern European Jewish culture in its original form. While this material has evolved in America to suit contemporary sensibilities in the form of the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld or Woody Allen, the music of Matisyahu, or nearly any musical play in the American canon, its source material is largely neglected and those seeking cultural roots are often stymied by the language barrier of Yiddish. The NYTF provides access to the treasure trove of hundreds of years of cultural expression, and with this project is seeking to inspire the imaginations of the next generation of artists to continue and contribute their own stories to this valuable work.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides. The Yiddish theatre represents a rare but vital connection to a culture, a language, and a way of life nearly destroyed seventy years ago. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary season, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has a burgeoning creative engine, but must maintain a connection to future generations who may never have heard of Yiddish or encountered Eastern European Jewish culture in its original form. While this material has evolved in America to suit contemporary sensibilities in the form of the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld or Woody Allen, the music of Matisyahu, or nearly any musical play in the American canon, its source material is largely neglected and those seeking cultural roots are often stymied by the language barrier of Yiddish. The NYTF provides access to the treasure trove of hundreds of years of cultural expression, and with this project is seeking to inspire the imaginations of the next generation of artists to continue and contribute their own stories to this valuable work.

Financial

81.65

Accountability & Transparency

85.00

This rating was published 12/23/2021 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)
73.3%
  Administrative Expenses 17.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth 19.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 34.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre (NY) 83.24
City Theatre (PA) 86.13
Theatre for a New Audience (NY) 90.88
California Shakespeare Theater (CA) 85.66
Victory Gardens Theater (IL) 88.12

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $816,236
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $8,433
   Fundraising Events $351,132
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $57,750
Total Contributions $1,233,551
   Program Service Revenue $484,383
Total Primary Revenue $1,717,934
   Other Revenue $122,604
TOTAL REVENUE $1,840,538
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,589,677
   Administrative Expenses $488,831
   Fundraising Expenses $369,876
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,448,384
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-607,846
   
Net Assets $1,008,893

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
Plays, Musicals, Concerts, Lectures, Workshops $1,589,677 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 12/23/2021 83.24
2019-06 11/01/2020 85.52
2018-06 07/01/2019 80.28
2017-06 08/01/2018 73.19
2016-06 05/01/2018 75.54
2016-06 10/01/2017 71.17
2015-06 09/01/2016 73.86
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.50
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2016 81.12

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

EIN 13-3998872
Name in IRS Master File FOLKSBIENE YIDDISH THEATRE INC
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(88) Community theatrical group
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 November, 1998
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
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre (NY) 83.24
Orlando Shakespeare Theater (FL) 90.50
Writers Theatre (IL) 92.41
Center for Puppetry Arts (GA) 87.30
California Shakespeare Theater (CA) 85.66

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Charity Contact Info

Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
tel: (212) 213-2120
EIN: 13-3998872

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Board Leadership

Sandra Cahn and Carol Levin
Co-Chairs

CEO

Dominick Balletta
Executive Director

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