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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Ravinia Festival

The oldest outdoor music festival in North America

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
  Financial 97.30
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00
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

97.30

Accountability & Transparency

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ravinia Festival (IL) 92.67
Celebrity Series of Boston (MA) 91.98
Apollo Theater (NY) 90.69
Artis—Naples (FL) 93.33
The Ark (MI) 88.06

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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
2018-09 02/01/2020 91.64
2017-09 12/01/2018 90.24
2016-09 02/01/2018 91.57
2015-09 03/01/2017 91.68
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.02
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 91.68
2013-09 06/01/2015 91.36
2012-09 03/01/2014 90.57
2011-09 11/06/2012 89.68
2010-09 02/01/2012 90.90
2009-09 11/01/2011 89.32
2009-09 09/20/2011 87.68
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 87.54
2008-09 04/01/2010 84.21
2007-09 04/01/2009 90.10
2006-09 07/01/2008 90.29
2005-09 11/01/2006 91.17
2004-09 10/01/2005 91.88
2003-09 01/05/2005 88.95

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
Film Forum (NY) 88.52
La Jolla Music Society (CA) 91.38
Symphony Space (NY) 94.02
Society of the Four Arts (FL) 88.64

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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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