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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Ravinia Festival

The oldest outdoor music festival in North America

four stars

92.67

418 Sheridan Road Highland Park, IL 60035
tel: (847) 266-5000   Web Site
EIN: 36-6002273

Board Leadership
Don Civgin
Chairman

CEO
Jeffrey P. Haydon
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.67 four stars
  Financial 97.30 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1904 and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936, Ravinia attracts 600,000 people annually from June-September to its renowned outdoor music festival. Each year Ravinia presents more than 120 performances-ranging from classical, opera and dance to music theater, jazz, pop and rock-in its 3,200-seat open-air Pavilion, 850-seat Martin Theatre, and 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall. Located on 36 acres of picturesque park grounds, Ravinia boasts an expansive lawn where visitors also experience concerts while picnicking under the stars. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is one of the world's most sought-after summer training grounds for postgraduate musicians. Under the umbrella REACH*TEACH*PLAY, Ravinia serves 75,000 people each year through education initiatives in schools, underserved communities, and at the park.

Founded in 1904 and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936, Ravinia attracts 600,000 people annually from June-September to its renowned outdoor music festival. Each year Ravinia presents more than 120 performances-ranging from classical, opera and dance to music theater, jazz, pop and rock-in its 3,200-seat open-air Pavilion, 850-seat Martin Theatre, and 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall. Located on 36 acres of picturesque park grounds, Ravinia boasts an expansive lawn where visitors also experience concerts while picnicking under the stars. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is one of the world's most sought-after summer training grounds for postgraduate musicians. Under the umbrella REACH*TEACH*PLAY, Ravinia serves 75,000 people each year through education initiatives in schools, underserved communities, and at the park.

Financial

four stars

97.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.47
  Program Expenses Growth 9.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ravinia Festival on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ravinia Festival on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ravinia Festival (IL) 92.67 four stars
New York City Center (NY) 89.04 three stars
Kansas City Starlight Theatre (MO) 90.58 four stars
Harris Theater (IL) 90.09 four stars
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts (NJ) 94.41 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,103,989
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $20,325
   Fundraising Events $1,480,372
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,604,686
   Program Service Revenue $26,299,958
Total Primary Revenue $40,904,644
   Other Revenue $5,988,373
TOTAL REVENUE $46,893,017
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $43,699,105
   Administrative Expenses $3,347,128
   Fundraising Expenses $2,520,895
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $49,567,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,674,111
   
Net Assets $190,617,662

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
Outdoor Music Festival $39,556,531 90.5%
Reach Teach Play Education Programs $2,267,368 5.2%
Steans Music Institute $1,875,206 4.3%

Ratings History
Ravinia Festival has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 03/01/2021 92.67 four stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 91.64 four stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 90.24 four stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 91.57 four stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 91.68 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.02 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 91.68 four stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 91.36 four stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 90.57 four stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 89.68 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 90.90 four stars
2009-09 11/01/2011 89.32 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 87.68 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 87.54 three stars
2008-09 04/01/2010 84.21 three stars
2007-09 04/01/2009 90.10 four stars
2006-09 07/01/2008 90.29 four stars
2005-09 11/01/2006 91.17 four stars
2004-09 10/01/2005 91.88 four stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 88.95 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 36-6002273
Name in IRS Master File RAVINIA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A60
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(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 July, 1943
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
$710,810 1.43% Welz D. Kauffman President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ravinia Festival (IL) 92.67 four stars
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (MO) 89.85 three stars
Landmark on Main Street (NY) 86.22 three stars
Pittsburgh Public Theater (PA) 87.37 three stars
Playhouse Square Foundation (OH) 86.21 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
tel: (847) 266-5000
EIN: 36-6002273

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Board Leadership

Don Civgin
Chairman

CEO

Jeffrey P. Haydon
President and CEO

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