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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Ark

Where music lives

88.06

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 88.06
  Financial 92.27
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

92.27

Accountability & Transparency

85.00

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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
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) 88.06
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (MA) 91.92
Arts Cleveland (OH) 89.25
Appell Center for the Performing Arts (PA) 85.14
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts (NJ) 94.41

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $409,314
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $332,640
   Fundraising Events $149,134
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $107,084
Total Contributions $998,172
   Program Service Revenue $1,823,335
Total Primary Revenue $2,821,507
   Other Revenue $149,182
TOTAL REVENUE $2,970,689
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,252,886
   Administrative Expenses $286,750
   Fundraising Expenses $259,870
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,799,506
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $171,183
   
Net Assets $3,751,788

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 $2,252,886 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/01/2020 88.06
2018-08 08/01/2019 88.15
2017-08 08/01/2018 87.52
2016-08 11/01/2017 88.98
2015-08 08/01/2017 89.21

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, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$111,250 3.97% Marianne James Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$4,900 0.17% Jocelyn Edin Member
$3,550 0.12% Jean Addy Little Member

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ark (MI) 88.06
Community Arts Music Association (CA) 89.11
The Grand 1894 Opera House (TX) 85.13
Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (VA) 88.57
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT) 90.33

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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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