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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Houston Ballet

An internationally acclaimed ballet company

95.71

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

CEO
James D. Nelson
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.71
  Financial 95.44
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
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.

Financial

95.44

Accountability & Transparency

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
Charlotte Ballet (NC) 87.82
Pennsylvania Ballet (PA) 86.69
American Ballet Theatre (NY) 89.90
Gina Gibney Dance (NY) 90.58

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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 10 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
2018-06 10/01/2020 95.84
2018-06 07/01/2019 94.19
2017-06 08/01/2018 96.63
2016-06 12/01/2017 96.61
2015-06 10/01/2016 94.03
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.16
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 95.99
2013-06 04/01/2015 94.68
2012-06 05/01/2014 96.71
2012-06 12/01/2013 94.45
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.94
2010-06 04/01/2012 85.12
2010-06 11/01/2011 83.91
2009-06 09/20/2011 78.91
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 93.27
2008-06 02/01/2010 96.41
2007-06 04/01/2009 94.85
2006-06 11/01/2007 90.38
2005-06 10/01/2006 83.35

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
Alabama Ballet (AL) 86.38
Charlotte Ballet (NC) 87.82
The Joffrey Ballet (IL) 90.37
American Dance Festival (NC) 85.65

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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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CEO

James D. Nelson
Executive Director

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