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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Ark

Where music lives

three stars

89.21

117 North 1st Street Suite 40
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
tel: (734) 761-1800   Web Site
EIN: 38-1802396

Board Leadership
Bob Guenzel
Chair

CEO
Marianne James
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.21 three stars
  Financial 89.44 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

89.44

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
80.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ark on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ark on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ark (MI) 89.21 three stars
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (CA) 86.83 three stars
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (OH) 92.25 four stars
Strathmore (MD) 88.27 three stars
La Jolla Music Society (CA) 88.71 three stars

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The Ark is Michigan's nonprofit home for folk and roots music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming. The Ark is an intimate 400-seat club presenting performers ranging from young up-and-comers to classic figures of the folk genre. With live music over 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere, The Ark is a sure bet for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment, musical artistry, and personal warmth.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $784,924
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $289,552
   Fundraising Events $238,427
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $29,497
Total Contributions $1,342,400
   Program Service Revenue $1,420,461
Total Primary Revenue $2,762,861
   Other Revenue $126,388
TOTAL REVENUE $2,889,249
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,767,999
   Administrative Expenses $199,929
   Fundraising Expenses $267,618
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,235,546
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $653,703
   
Net Assets $2,330,636

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
Folk and Ethnic Music $1,767,999 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-08 08/01/2017 89.21 three 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 38-1802396
Name in IRS Master File THE ARK
NTEE Code A20
NTEE Classification Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable 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 Intermediate - the organization is an intermediate organization (no group exemption) of a National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations (such as a state headquarters of a national organization).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
  • August, 2012
  • August, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$92,407 4.13% Marianne James Executive Director

The Ark is Michigan's nonprofit home for folk and roots music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming. The Ark is an intimate 400-seat club presenting performers ranging from young up-and-comers to classic figures of the folk genre. With live music over 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere, The Ark is a sure bet for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment, musical artistry, and personal warmth.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ark (MI) 89.21 three stars
Jazz St. Louis (MO) 90.56 four stars
FringeArts (PA) 87.80 three stars
Lensic Performing Arts Center (NM) 95.39 four stars
The Bushnell (CT) 87.35 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Ark
117 North 1st Street
Suite 40
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
tel: (734) 761-1800
EIN: 38-1802396

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Board Leadership

Bob Guenzel
Chair

CEO

Marianne James
Executive Director

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