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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

SteppingStone Theatre

Developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions

75.54

55 Victoria Street North Saint Paul, MN 55104
tel: (651) 225-9265   Web Site
EIN: 36-3557115

Board Leadership
Mike Erlandson
President

CEO
Mark Ferraro-Hauck
Artistic and Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.54
  Financial 76.11
  Accountability & Transparency 75.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity. SteppingStone's programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre's founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.

SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity. SteppingStone's programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre's founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.

Financial

76.11

Accountability & Transparency

75.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 19.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.38
  Program Expenses Growth 1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SteppingStone Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SteppingStone Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SteppingStone Theatre (MN) 75.54
Third Street Music School Settlement (NY) 93.55
Midori & Friends (NY) 86.13
Joy of Music Program (MA) 89.23
Inner-City Arts (CA) 93.22

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $264,156
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $40,130
   Fundraising Events $28,735
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $78,837
Total Contributions $411,858
   Program Service Revenue $534,505
Total Primary Revenue $946,363
   Other Revenue $-4,074
TOTAL REVENUE $942,289
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $802,435
   Administrative Expenses $208,442
   Fundraising Expenses $98,397
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,109,274
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-166,985
   
Net Assets $2,383,582

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
Mainstage Program $390,459 48.7%
Education Program $366,587 45.7%
Residencies and Community Education $45,389 5.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/01/2020 75.54
2018-08 12/01/2019 78.21
2017-08 12/21/2018 79.18
2016-08 03/01/2018 79.50
2015-08 08/01/2017 83.28

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

EIN 36-3557115
Name in IRS Master File STEPPING STONE THEATER CO
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 June, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$46,497 4.19% Mark Ferraro-Hauck Artistic and Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SteppingStone Theatre (MN) 75.54
Settlement Music School (PA) 87.54
The Wooden Floor (CA) 91.40
Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI) 91.43
Rainey Institute (OH) 90.78

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Charity Contact Info

SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
tel: (651) 225-9265
fax: (651) 225-1225
EIN: 36-3557115

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Board Leadership

Mike Erlandson
President

CEO

Mark Ferraro-Hauck
Artistic and Executive Director

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