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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

San Francisco Opera

Perpetuating and enriching the operatic art form

three stars

87.46

301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 565-6416   Web Site
EIN: 94-0836240

Board Leadership
John A. Gunn
Chair

CEO
Matthew Shilvock
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.46 three stars
  Financial 86.10 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the San Francisco Opera is to present opera performances of the highest international quality available to the widest possible audiences; to perpetuate and enrich the operatic art form; to be creative and innovative in all aspects of opera; and to take a leadership role in training, arts education and audience development. Founded by Gaetano Merola and incorporated in 1923, San Francisco Opera strives to be the most exciting force in the opera world. Since its founding, San Francisco Opera has presented the United States debut performances of numerous artists and directors. Since 1932, the San Francisco Opera has made its home at the War Memorial Opera House.

The mission of the San Francisco Opera is to present opera performances of the highest international quality available to the widest possible audiences; to perpetuate and enrich the operatic art form; to be creative and innovative in all aspects of opera; and to take a leadership role in training, arts education and audience development. Founded by Gaetano Merola and incorporated in 1923, San Francisco Opera strives to be the most exciting force in the opera world. Since its founding, San Francisco Opera has presented the United States debut performances of numerous artists and directors. Since 1932, the San Francisco Opera has made its home at the War Memorial Opera House.

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Financial

three stars

86.10

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.68
  Program Expenses Growth 0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.46 three stars
Lyric Opera of Chicago (IL) 90.67 four stars
The Santa Fe Opera (NM) 86.72 three stars
LA Opera (CA) 86.77 three stars
The Dallas Opera (TX) 92.71 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $53,431,295
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $41,676
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $810,900
Total Contributions $54,283,871
   Program Service Revenue $23,693,774
Total Primary Revenue $77,977,645
   Other Revenue $7,769,011
TOTAL REVENUE $85,746,656
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $58,440,605
   Administrative Expenses $14,757,940
   Fundraising Expenses $5,187,321
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $78,385,866
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,360,790
   
Net Assets $245,914,529

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
Production and Artistic Accomplishments $54,500,443 93.3%
Opera Center $3,011,759 5.1%
Electronic Media $928,403 1.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-07 10/01/2019 87.46 three stars
2017-07 02/01/2019 87.05 three stars
2016-07 02/01/2018 89.13 three stars
2015-07 12/01/2016 87.30 three stars
2014-07 06/01/2016 86.44 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-07 11/01/2015 83.16 three stars
2013-07 02/01/2015 80.92 three stars
2012-07 11/01/2013 84.23 three stars
2011-07 10/01/2012 81.94 three stars
2010-07 12/01/2011 82.76 three stars
2009-07 09/20/2011 85.47 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-07 02/01/2011 79.39 two stars
2008-07 02/01/2010 93.88 four stars
2007-07 05/01/2009 82.02 three stars
2006-07 05/01/2008 85.10 three stars
2005-07 11/01/2006 80.66 three stars
2004-07 12/01/2005 80.22 three stars
2003-07 01/05/2005 87.39 three stars
2002-07 08/01/2003 74.60 two stars
2001-07 02/05/2003 87.53 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 94-0836240
Name in IRS Master File SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A6A
NTEE Classification Opera
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
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, 1924
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End July
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • July, 2017
  • July, 2016
  • July, 2015
  • July, 2014
  • July, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$401,657 0.51% Matthew Shilvock General Director, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$137,500 0.17% David R. Gockley Former General Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.46 three stars
Hawaii Opera Theatre (HI) 87.27 three stars
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (MO) 93.44 four stars
New Orleans Opera Association (LA) 88.14 three stars
Choral Arts (DC) 85.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 565-6416
EIN: 94-0836240

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Board Leadership

John A. Gunn
Chair

CEO

Matthew Shilvock
General Director

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