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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Houston Ballet

An internationally acclaimed ballet company

four stars

94.19

601 Preston Street Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 523-6300   Web Site
EIN: 74-1394920

Board Leadership
Allison Thacker
Chairman

CEO
James D. Nelson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.19 four stars
  Financial 95.70 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1969, Houston Ballet is an internationally acclaimed ballet company which is now America's fifth largest. The company is comprised of 61 dancers and has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States. The company's home is the magnificent Wortham Theater Center, a state-of-the-art facility in which the company currently performs over 81 performances seven months out of the year. In February of 2011, Houston Ballet moved into its new Center for Dance located at 601 Preston and connected to The Wortham Theater Center by skybridge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest center dedicated solely to dance in the U.S. Houston Ballet Academy has an enrollment of 691 students, between the ages of 3 through 60, and more than half of the professional company's dancers have come from the ranks of the academy.

Founded in 1969, Houston Ballet is an internationally acclaimed ballet company which is now America's fifth largest. The company is comprised of 61 dancers and has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States. The company's home is the magnificent Wortham Theater Center, a state-of-the-art facility in which the company currently performs over 81 performances seven months out of the year. In February of 2011, Houston Ballet moved into its new Center for Dance located at 601 Preston and connected to The Wortham Theater Center by skybridge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest center dedicated solely to dance in the U.S. Houston Ballet Academy has an enrollment of 691 students, between the ages of 3 through 60, and more than half of the professional company's dancers have come from the ranks of the academy.

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Financial

four stars

95.70

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.05
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Ballet on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Ballet on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Ballet (TX) 94.19 four stars
Tulsa Ballet (OK) 92.19 four stars
Mark Morris Dance Group (NY) 91.77 four stars
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (IL) 88.26 three stars
Louisville Ballet (KY) 87.28 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,292,890
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $773,968
   Fundraising Events $1,398,646
   Related Organizations $5,024,711
   Government Grants $1,038,634
Total Contributions $15,528,849
   Program Service Revenue $11,607,018
Total Primary Revenue $27,135,867
   Other Revenue $9,769,657
TOTAL REVENUE $36,905,524
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $28,118,235
   Administrative Expenses $2,751,993
   Fundraising Expenses $2,507,624
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,377,852
   
Payments to Affiliates $18,013
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,527,672
   
Net Assets $134,725,048

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
Dance Performances $22,963,155 81.7%
Dance Education $5,155,080 18.3%

Ratings History
Houston Ballet has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 94.19 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 96.63 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 96.61 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 94.03 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 95.99 four stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 94.68 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 96.71 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 94.45 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.94 four stars
2010-06 04/01/2012 85.12 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 83.91 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 78.91 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 93.27 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 96.41 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 94.85 four stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 90.38 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 83.35 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 84.87 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 85.98 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 74-1394920
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON BALLET FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A63
NTEE Classification Ballet
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
(59) Other school related activities
(40) Scholarships (other)
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 December, 1957
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
$280,000 0.83% James D. Nelson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$398,533 1.19% Stanton Welch Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Ballet (TX) 94.19 four stars
BalletX (PA) 89.39 three stars
Charlotte Ballet (NC) 94.47 four stars
Milwaukee Ballet (WI) 96.66 four stars
Paul Taylor Dance Foundation (NY) 86.88 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Ballet
601 Preston Street
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 523-6300
fax: (713) 523-4038
EIN: 74-1394920

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Board Leadership

Allison Thacker
Chairman

CEO

James D. Nelson
Executive Director

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