Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Producing and presenting an unmatched variety of performing arts

three stars

89.24

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
tel: (800) 472-3556   Web Site
EIN: 53-0245017

Board Leadership
David M. Rubenstein
Chairman

CEO
Deborah F. Rutter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.24 three stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's cultural center, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. Every year, the institution that bears President Kennedy's name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's cultural center, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. Every year, the institution that bears President Kennedy's name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
91.6%
  Administrative Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.34
  Program Expenses Growth 10.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) 89.24 three stars
McCallum Theatre (CA) 87.51 three stars
Omaha Performing Arts (NE) 91.45 four stars
Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY) 85.14 three stars
Studio Theatre Inc. (DC) 88.89 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $76,051,083
   Federated Campaigns $10,509
   Membership Dues $4,812,477
   Fundraising Events $13,438,863
   Related Organizations $2,588,772
   Government Grants $48,576,598
Total Contributions $145,478,302
   Program Service Revenue $151,644,052
Total Primary Revenue $297,122,354
   Other Revenue $22,009,609
TOTAL REVENUE $319,131,963
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $257,534,817
   Administrative Expenses $10,574,397
   Fundraising Expenses $11,516,711
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $279,625,925
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $39,506,038
   
Net Assets $436,141,800

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 89.24 three stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 90.46 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 90.75 four stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 90.74 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.74 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 92.28 four stars
2013-09 08/01/2015 92.62 four stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 82.20 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 92.56 four stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 92.87 four stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 91.21 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 76.49 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 87.94 three stars
2008-09 04/01/2010 89.32 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 81.41 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2008 87.66 three stars
2005-09 12/15/2006 85.28 three stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 91.62 four stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 75.42 two stars
2002-09 12/01/2003 85.26 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 53-0245017
Name in IRS Master File JOHN F KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
NTEE Code A61
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Centers
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 March, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,266,767 0.45% Deborah F. Rutter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) 89.24 three stars
Playhouse Square Foundation (OH) 89.48 three stars
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (MN) 90.47 four stars
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI) 88.10 three stars
Philadelphia Film Society (PA) 90.99 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
tel: (800) 472-3556
TTY: (202) 416-8524
EIN: 53-0245017

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

David M. Rubenstein
Chairman

CEO

Deborah F. Rutter
President

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.