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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Providing live performances of symphonic music

two stars

78.62

786 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14209
tel: (716) 885-0331   Web Site
EIN: 16-0755739

Board Leadership
John Yurtchuk
Chair

CEO
Daniel Hart
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.62 two stars
  Financial 79.26 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Grammy Award Winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1935 and makes its home at Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada including the recently completed Florida Friends Tour with JoAnn Falletta in March 2010. Currently, the Orchestra presents more than one hundred and twenty Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and the BPO Education department programs reach over 35,000 students per year (K-12) from all eight counties of Western New York. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of national broadcasts on American Public Media's Performance Today and recordings, including the release of eleven new CDs of a highly diverse repertoire on the NAXOS and Beau Fleuve labels.

The Grammy Award Winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1935 and makes its home at Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada including the recently completed Florida Friends Tour with JoAnn Falletta in March 2010. Currently, the Orchestra presents more than one hundred and twenty Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and the BPO Education department programs reach over 35,000 students per year (K-12) from all eight counties of Western New York. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of national broadcasts on American Public Media's Performance Today and recordings, including the release of eleven new CDs of a highly diverse repertoire on the NAXOS and Beau Fleuve labels.

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Financial

two stars

79.26

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.06
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 48.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) 78.62 two stars
Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) 89.91 three stars
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) 86.22 three stars
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DE) 87.09 three stars
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY) 90.95 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,213,446
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,064,360
Total Contributions $7,277,806
   Program Service Revenue $4,375,927
Total Primary Revenue $11,653,733
   Other Revenue $692,857
TOTAL REVENUE $12,346,590
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,216,107
   Administrative Expenses $1,364,150
   Fundraising Expenses $917,612
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,497,869
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-151,279
   
Net Assets $3,927,071

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
Orchestra $10,216,107 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 12/01/2019 78.62 two stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 75.15 two stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 82.22 three stars
2015-08 10/01/2016 79.19 two stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 80.02 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 80.75 three stars
2013-08 02/01/2015 84.62 three stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 79.45 two stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 80.10 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 78.65 two stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 83.16 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 81.37 three stars
2008-08 04/01/2010 77.26 two stars
2007-08 12/01/2008 75.09 two stars
2006-08 06/01/2007 72.30 two stars
2005-08 06/01/2006 80.36 three stars
2004-08 05/01/2005 76.09 two stars
2003-08 05/01/2004 81.80 three stars
2002-08 04/15/2003 76.06 two stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 68.46 one star

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

EIN 16-0755739
Name in IRS Master File BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SOCIETY INC
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 (59) Other school related activities
(119) Other cultural or historical activities
(927) Fundraising
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 October, 1942
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
$259,311 2.07% Daniel Hart Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) 78.62 two stars
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY) 90.95 four stars
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) 86.22 three stars
Symphony Silicon Valley (CA) 89.48 three stars
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 94.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
786 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
tel: (716) 885-0331
EIN: 16-0755739

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Board Leadership

John Yurtchuk
Chair

CEO

Daniel Hart
Executive Director

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