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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

88.74

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 88.74 three stars
  Financial 94.66 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

four stars

94.66

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
91.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.54
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.1%
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) 88.74 three stars
McCallum Theatre (CA) 86.01 three stars
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (PA) 93.91 four stars
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA) 90.09 four stars
Ravinia Festival (IL) 92.67 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $134,487,119
   Federated Campaigns $1,136
   Membership Dues $4,288,569
   Fundraising Events $12,249,108
   Related Organizations $1,689,522
   Government Grants $53,509,120
Total Contributions $206,224,574
   Program Service Revenue $107,790,391
Total Primary Revenue $314,014,965
   Other Revenue $12,449,280
TOTAL REVENUE $326,464,245
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $229,817,842
   Administrative Expenses $11,571,967
   Fundraising Expenses $13,496,482
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $254,886,291
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $71,577,954
   
Net Assets $501,657,985

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
2019-09 02/01/2021 88.74 three stars
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

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)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,255,901 0.49% Deborah F. Rutter President
Other Salaries of Note
$446,307 0.17% Gary Ginstling Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) 88.74 three stars
Western Folklife Center (NV) 90.60 four stars
Ravinia Festival (IL) 92.67 four stars
Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall (TX) 94.46 four stars
Two River Theater Company (NJ) 92.20 four stars

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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

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Board Leadership

David M. Rubenstein
Chairman

CEO

Deborah F. Rutter
President

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