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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Making great music available to everyone

three stars

86.41

718 North Grand Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63103
tel: (800) 232-1880   Web Site
EIN: 43-0666769

Board Leadership
Norm Eaker
Chair

CEO
Marie-Hélène Bernard
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.41 three stars
  Financial 89.36 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 84.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1880, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The SLSO was founded on the belief that great music should be available to everyone. Through a series of innovative and nationally recognized community-oriented activities, including many education and outreach programs, the musicians of the Symphony have shared their love for music with millions and introduced classical music to those who otherwise might not have been exposed to it. Each year, Symphony musicians participate in more than 250 free performances and events throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Founded in 1880, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The SLSO was founded on the belief that great music should be available to everyone. Through a series of innovative and nationally recognized community-oriented activities, including many education and outreach programs, the musicians of the Symphony have shared their love for music with millions and introduced classical music to those who otherwise might not have been exposed to it. Each year, Symphony musicians participate in more than 250 free performances and events throughout the greater St. Louis area.

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Financial

three stars

89.36

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

84.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.57
  Program Expenses Growth 2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 86.41 three stars
Silkroad (MA) 87.29 three stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 88.10 three stars
Minnesota Orchestra (MN) 92.09 four stars
Omaha Symphony (NE) 95.83 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,409,013
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $525,229
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $604,228
Total Contributions $14,538,470
   Program Service Revenue $9,391,732
Total Primary Revenue $23,930,202
   Other Revenue $9,545,478
TOTAL REVENUE $33,475,680
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $25,424,802
   Administrative Expenses $2,813,844
   Fundraising Expenses $1,771,817
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,010,463
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,465,217
   
Net Assets $17,484,348

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
Music Programs $25,424,802 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 08/01/2018 86.41 three stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 85.26 three stars
2015-08 10/01/2016 85.22 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 85.36 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 85.82 three stars
2013-08 08/01/2014 87.63 three stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 87.64 three stars
2011-08 09/01/2012 84.85 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 82.53 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 11/24/2010 92.20 four stars
2008-08 12/01/2009 82.82 three stars
2007-08 03/01/2009 78.18 two stars
2006-08 07/01/2007 76.45 two stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 85.52 three stars
2004-08 07/01/2005 82.80 three stars
2003-08 01/05/2005 85.83 three stars
2002-08 10/01/2003 88.52 three stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 88.33 three stars
2000-08 04/15/2002 84.76 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 43-0666769
Name in IRS Master File SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 October, 1926
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$324,862 1.08% Marie-Helene Bernard President, Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) 86.41 three stars
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (WI) 87.96 three stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 86.72 three stars
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI) 90.88 four stars
Richmond Symphony (VA) 85.84 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
718 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103
tel: (800) 232-1880
EIN: 43-0666769

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Board Leadership

Norm Eaker
Chair

CEO

Marie-Hélène Bernard
President & CEO

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