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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Ark

Where music lives

three stars

88.15

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

Board Leadership
Susan McClanahan
Chair

CEO
Marianne James
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.15 three stars
  Financial 92.53 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

four stars

92.53

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ark (MI) 88.15 three stars
Symphony Space (NY) 89.70 three stars
Philadelphia Film Society (PA) 91.87 four stars
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (LA) 87.95 three stars
Jazz St. Louis (MO) 89.94 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $227,034
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $316,501
   Fundraising Events $173,042
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $91,927
Total Contributions $808,504
   Program Service Revenue $1,814,102
Total Primary Revenue $2,622,606
   Other Revenue $134,972
TOTAL REVENUE $2,757,578
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,120,743
   Administrative Expenses $288,053
   Fundraising Expenses $240,000
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,648,796
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $108,782
   
Net Assets $3,580,605

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 $2,120,743 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 08/01/2019 88.15 three stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 87.52 three stars
2016-08 11/01/2017 88.98 three stars
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, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$110,347 4.16% Marianne James Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$1,325 0.05% Jean Addy Little Member
$500 0.01% Jocelyn Edin Member

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ark (MI) 88.15 three stars
Strathmore (MD) 90.00 four stars
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia (WV) 90.40 four stars
Celebrity Series of Boston (MA) 91.75 four stars
Film Forum (NY) 85.12 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

Susan McClanahan
Chair

CEO

Marianne James
Executive Director

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