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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Enrich, inspire and transform.

three stars

81.39

220 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 294-3000   Web Site
EIN: 36-2167823

Board Leadership
Helen Zell
Chair

CEO
Jeff Alexander
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.39 three stars
  Financial 78.39 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at its core, the mission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is to enrich, inspire and transform lives through music, community engagement and education - locally, nationally and internationally.

With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at its core, the mission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is to enrich, inspire and transform lives through music, community engagement and education - locally, nationally and internationally.

Financial

two stars

78.39

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.49
  Program Expenses Growth -2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 46.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IL) 81.39 three stars
Nashville Symphony (TN) 88.83 three stars
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX) 86.94 three stars
New York Youth Symphony (NY) 90.30 four stars
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI) 88.97 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $28,953,227
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,662,847
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $189,900
Total Contributions $30,805,974
   Program Service Revenue $27,717,097
Total Primary Revenue $58,523,071
   Other Revenue $13,527,350
TOTAL REVENUE $72,050,421
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $59,562,970
   Administrative Expenses $15,095,646
   Fundraising Expenses $4,039,275
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $78,697,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,647,470
   
Net Assets $266,959,506

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
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts $47,895,273 80.4%
Symphony Center Presents Concerts $4,276,363 7.2%
Education Concerts and Activities $2,285,501 3.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 81.39 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 82.86 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 83.61 three stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 85.23 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 85.29 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.29 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 88.78 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 89.92 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 89.61 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 82.02 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.70 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 84.47 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 82.53 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 79.95 two stars
2006-06 03/01/2008 82.58 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 71.97 two stars
2004-06 01/01/2006 72.80 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 72.87 two stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 78.22 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 89.38 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 36-2167823
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
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 February, 1927
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$529,499 0.67% Jeff Alexander President
Other Salaries of Note
$1,591,276 2.02% Riccardo Muti Music Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IL) 81.39 three stars
Sarasota Orchestra (FL) 93.44 four stars
San Francisco Symphony (CA) 87.74 three stars
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN) 88.84 three stars
The Los Angeles Philharmonic (CA) 94.65 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 294-3000
fax: (312) 294-3332
EIN: 36-2167823

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Board Leadership

Helen Zell
Chair

CEO

Jeff Alexander
President

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