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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Rich in tradition. Innovative in vision.

three stars

83.61

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 83.61 three stars
  Financial 82.34 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Rich in tradition and innovative in vision, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 150 performances and events a year, 107 talented musicians, two internationally-renowned conductors and two award-winning composers-in-residence. The central mission of the CSO is to present classical music to Chicago, national and international audiences. The mission is supported by the elements of: artistic excellence: continued international preeminence in the field of orchestral excellence; audience development: leading audience development initiatives; and education: superior education and community programs. Symphony Center is the home for more than 200 live concerts a year -- orchestras, recitals, hot jazz, superstar guest artists and more.

Rich in tradition and innovative in vision, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 150 performances and events a year, 107 talented musicians, two internationally-renowned conductors and two award-winning composers-in-residence. The central mission of the CSO is to present classical music to Chicago, national and international audiences. The mission is supported by the elements of: artistic excellence: continued international preeminence in the field of orchestral excellence; audience development: leading audience development initiatives; and education: superior education and community programs. Symphony Center is the home for more than 200 live concerts a year -- orchestras, recitals, hot jazz, superstar guest artists and more.

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Financial

three stars

82.34

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.1%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.67
  Program Expenses Growth -0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 46.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IL) 83.61 three stars
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA) 85.83 three stars
Youth Orchestra of the Americas (DC) 86.84 three stars
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (FL) 89.11 three stars
Canton Symphony Orchestra (OH) 89.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,780,804
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,527,259
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $259,630
Total Contributions $23,567,693
   Program Service Revenue $30,137,785
Total Primary Revenue $53,705,478
   Other Revenue $25,978,256
TOTAL REVENUE $79,683,734
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $62,703,865
   Administrative Expenses $13,063,617
   Fundraising Expenses $3,902,136
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $79,669,618
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $14,116
   
Net Assets $267,271,961

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 $50,469,427 80.5%
Symphony Center Presents Concerts $4,836,756 7.7%
Education Concerts and Activities $2,635,351 4.2%
Civic Orchestra Concerts $2,157,510 3.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2000-06 04/15/2002 83.27 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)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$504,260 0.63% Jeff Alexander President
Other Salaries of Note
$1,227,151 1.54% Riccardo Muti Music Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IL) 83.61 three stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 88.10 three stars
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) 85.72 three stars
Nashville Symphony (TN) 89.42 three stars
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 86.41 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 294-3000
fax: (312) 294-3035
EIN: 36-2167823

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Board Leadership

Helen Zell
Chair

CEO

Jeff Alexander
President

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