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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Houston Ballet

An internationally acclaimed ballet company

four stars

95.71

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

Board Leadership
S. Shawn Stephens
Chairman

CEO
James D. Nelson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.71 four stars
  Financial 95.44 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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, UAE, 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 trains more than 1,000 students a year. Students' ages range from 2 to 19 years old. Over 60% of Houston Ballet's company dancers trained in 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, UAE, 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 trains more than 1,000 students a year. Students' ages range from 2 to 19 years old. Over 60% of Houston Ballet's company dancers trained in the Academy.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Total number of paid seats filled for performances
104,335
Total number of performances
69
Number of participants engaged in programs
301,622
Number of volunteers
1,057
Number of overall donors
5,702
Number of students enrolled
1,549
Number of unique website visitors
649,271
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

95.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.89
  Program Expenses Growth 5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.3%
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) 95.71 four stars
Miami City Ballet (FL) 85.77 three stars
Ballet Hispánico (NY) 94.47 four stars
Mark Morris Dance Group (NY) 92.02 four stars
Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia (VA) 87.20 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,436,852
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,023,965
   Fundraising Events $1,471,955
   Related Organizations $6,216,592
   Government Grants $884,265
Total Contributions $15,033,629
   Program Service Revenue $13,835,115
Total Primary Revenue $28,868,744
   Other Revenue $4,238,287
TOTAL REVENUE $33,107,031
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $29,464,731
   Administrative Expenses $2,636,832
   Fundraising Expenses $2,912,114
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $35,013,677
   
Payments to Affiliates $30,070
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,906,646
   
Net Assets $134,633,592

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 $23,778,029 80.7%
Dance Education $5,686,702 19.3%

Ratings History
Houston Ballet has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 95.71 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2020 95.84 four stars
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

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
$280,500 0.80% James D. Nelson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$414,833 1.18% Stanton Welch Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Ballet (TX) 95.71 four stars
Alabama Ballet (AL) 85.81 three stars
The Sarasota Ballet (FL) 92.28 four stars
Oregon Ballet Theatre (OR) 92.38 four stars
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (OH) 85.85 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

S. Shawn Stephens
Chairman

CEO

James D. Nelson
Executive Director

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