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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

San Francisco Symphony

Enriching, serving, and shaping cultural life throughout the Bay Area

three stars

88.84

Davies Symphony Hall 201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 864-6000   Web Site
EIN: 94-1156284

Board Leadership
Sakurako Fisher
President

CEO
Mark Hanson
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.84 three stars
  Financial 86.40 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) gave its first concerts in 1911, revitalizing San Francisco's cultural life after the 1906 earthquake. Since that time, the SFS has grown in stature and acclaim, continuing and expanding its tradition of innovation. The SFS sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world. SFS enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities. To fill the gap left by cuts in school music programs, SFS provides the most extensive education and community programs offered by any American orchestra today. Nearly 30,000 students throughout the Bay Area hear the SFS each year in its Concerts for Kids program, which began in 1919.

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) gave its first concerts in 1911, revitalizing San Francisco's cultural life after the 1906 earthquake. Since that time, the SFS has grown in stature and acclaim, continuing and expanding its tradition of innovation. The SFS sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world. SFS enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities. To fill the gap left by cuts in school music programs, SFS provides the most extensive education and community programs offered by any American orchestra today. Nearly 30,000 students throughout the Bay Area hear the SFS each year in its Concerts for Kids program, which began in 1919.

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Financial

three stars

86.40

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

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)
81.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.76
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Francisco Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Symphony (CA) 88.84 three stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.82 three stars
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL) 87.57 three stars
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (WI) 87.96 three stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 86.72 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $24,819,188
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,709,490
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $734,600
Total Contributions $29,263,278
   Program Service Revenue $30,903,717
Total Primary Revenue $60,166,995
   Other Revenue $15,574,777
TOTAL REVENUE $75,741,772
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $66,357,804
   Administrative Expenses $7,868,406
   Fundraising Expenses $8,026,782
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $82,252,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,511,220
   
Net Assets $290,183,971

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
2017-08 12/01/2018 88.84 three stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 88.19 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 84.71 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 86.53 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 82.20 three stars
2013-08 02/01/2015 83.77 three stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 86.42 three stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 89.67 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 83.83 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 88.54 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 84.22 three stars
2008-08 12/15/2009 89.51 three stars
2007-08 05/01/2009 91.79 four stars
2006-08 05/01/2008 93.37 four stars
2005-08 12/01/2006 94.26 four stars
2004-08 01/01/2006 83.68 three stars
2003-08 01/05/2005 92.88 four stars
2002-08 12/01/2003 88.37 three stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 94.64 four stars
2000-08 04/15/2002 93.49 four 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 94-1156284
Name in IRS Master File SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
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
(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 January, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$502,863 0.61% Brent Assink Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Francisco Symphony (CA) 88.84 three stars
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH) 86.14 three stars
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY) 91.66 four stars
New York Philharmonic (NY) 85.87 three stars
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI) 90.88 four stars

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San Francisco Symphony
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 864-6000
EIN: 94-1156284

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Board Leadership

Sakurako Fisher
President

CEO

Mark Hanson
Chief Executive Officer

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