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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Ravinia Festival

The oldest outdoor music festival in North America

four stars

90.24

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

Board Leadership
Jennifer W. Steans
Chairman

CEO
Welz Kauffman
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.24 four stars
  Financial 91.68 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

91.68

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.77
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
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) 90.24 four stars
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (CA) 90.54 four stars
Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall (TX) 95.05 four stars
National Council for the Traditional Arts (MD) 93.91 four stars
Michigan Theater Foundation (MI) 90.44 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,061,027
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $20,325
   Fundraising Events $1,384,435
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $194,850
Total Contributions $14,660,637
   Program Service Revenue $26,465,521
Total Primary Revenue $41,126,158
   Other Revenue $1,836,161
TOTAL REVENUE $42,962,319
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $35,077,499
   Administrative Expenses $4,390,606
   Fundraising Expenses $2,928,134
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $42,396,239
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $566,080
   
Net Assets $186,833,768

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 $31,452,725 89.7%
Steans Music Institute $2,010,428 5.7%
Reach Teach Play Education Programs $1,614,346 4.6%

Ratings History
Ravinia Festival has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2002-09 08/01/2003 87.21 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 85.18 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)
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  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$2,091,455 4.93% Welz Kauffman President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ravinia Festival (IL) 90.24 four stars
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (CO) 88.55 three stars
Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs (FL) 85.14 three stars
Maui Arts & Cultural Center (HI) 85.05 three stars
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (VA) 93.20 four 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

Jennifer W. Steans
Chairman

CEO

Welz Kauffman
President and CEO

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