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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Presenting the highest quality performances of great music

four stars

91.89

1241 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
tel: (513) 621-1919   Web Site
EIN: 31-0537080

Board Leadership
Robert W. McDonald
Chair

CEO
Jonathan Martin
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.89 four stars
  Financial 96.78 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Embarking on its 117th year, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a dynamic ensemble of world-class musicians, conductors and guest artists. Founded in 1895, the CSO proudly serves the Greater Cincinnati community as the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first orchestra in the state of Ohio. The CSO is no stranger to the national spotlight, as it became the third orchestra to professionally record in 1917 and the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. These early achievements have paved the way for the CSO's continued longevity and success. Innovative programming featuring world-renowned artists, national and international tours, as well as countless awards and recordings have placed the CSO as one of the world's most acclaimed and recognized symphony orchestras.

Embarking on its 117th year, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a dynamic ensemble of world-class musicians, conductors and guest artists. Founded in 1895, the CSO proudly serves the Greater Cincinnati community as the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first orchestra in the state of Ohio. The CSO is no stranger to the national spotlight, as it became the third orchestra to professionally record in 1917 and the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. These early achievements have paved the way for the CSO's continued longevity and success. Innovative programming featuring world-renowned artists, national and international tours, as well as countless awards and recordings have placed the CSO as one of the world's most acclaimed and recognized symphony orchestras.

Financial

four stars

96.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
85.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.15
  Program Expenses Growth 3.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (OH) 91.89 four stars
Flint Institute of Music (MI) 88.49 three stars
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 86.56 three stars
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) 88.84 three stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 98.40 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,452,931
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $112,892
   Related Organizations $2,650,000
   Government Grants $676,640
Total Contributions $22,892,463
   Program Service Revenue $10,126,142
Total Primary Revenue $33,018,605
   Other Revenue $10,091,027
TOTAL REVENUE $43,109,632
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $28,563,858
   Administrative Expenses $3,176,534
   Fundraising Expenses $1,548,433
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,288,825
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,820,807
   
Net Assets $214,603,221

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
Concerts $28,563,858 100.0%

Ratings History
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/23/2020 91.89 four stars
2018-08 07/01/2019 91.14 four stars
2017-08 07/01/2018 91.96 four stars
2016-08 10/01/2017 91.99 four stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 92.16 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 89.39 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 88.75 three stars
2013-08 10/01/2014 87.94 three stars
2012-08 09/01/2013 87.09 three stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 87.95 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 82.46 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 77.44 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 88.83 three stars
2008-08 03/01/2010 97.64 four stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 88.02 three stars
2006-08 04/01/2008 84.69 three stars
2005-08 11/01/2006 85.09 three stars
2004-08 09/01/2005 84.48 three stars
2003-08 09/01/2004 79.82 two stars
2002-08 12/01/2003 83.98 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 31-0537080
Name in IRS Master File CINCINNATI 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 October, 1934
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 Compensation from Affiliates
$389,123 1.16% Jonathan Martin President $37,846

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (OH) 91.89 four stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars
San Francisco Symphony (CA) 87.74 three stars
Omaha Symphony (NE) 98.70 four stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 85.25 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
tel: (513) 621-1919
EIN: 31-0537080

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Board Leadership

Robert W. McDonald
Chair

CEO

Jonathan Martin
President

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