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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Advancing a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard

three stars

86.14

55 East State Street Columbus, OH 43215
tel: (614) 228-9600   Web Site
EIN: 31-6402408

Board Leadership
Lisa Barton
Chair

CEO
Denise Rehg
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.14 three stars
  Financial 95.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching a growing and diverse audience with great music. The Columbus Symphony's mission is to advance a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard for the enrichment and well-being of central Ohio. This mission is achieved through a strong connection to the community, and in-depth understanding of the marketplace and a commitment to providing programming that meets the needs and desires of the community. The Columbus Symphony performs a diverse array of classical, pops, family and educational concerts each season, reaching an estimated 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts.

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching a growing and diverse audience with great music. The Columbus Symphony's mission is to advance a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard for the enrichment and well-being of central Ohio. This mission is achieved through a strong connection to the community, and in-depth understanding of the marketplace and a commitment to providing programming that meets the needs and desires of the community. The Columbus Symphony performs a diverse array of classical, pops, family and educational concerts each season, reaching an estimated 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts.

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Financial

four stars

95.24

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

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)
86.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.65
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbus Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbus Symphony Orchestra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH) 86.14 three stars
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 92.09 four stars
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 91.95 four stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 85.46 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,792,486
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $314,195
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $412,632
Total Contributions $16,519,313
   Program Service Revenue $2,935,033
Total Primary Revenue $19,454,346
   Other Revenue $141,690
TOTAL REVENUE $19,596,036
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,354,832
   Administrative Expenses $734,202
   Fundraising Expenses $416,849
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,505,883
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $11,090,153
   
Net Assets $16,366,969

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
Two Winter Concert Series $4,099,125 55.7%
Annual Picnic $1,745,265 23.7%
Education Programs $570,508 7.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 12/01/2018 86.14 three stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 83.34 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 84.50 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 84.27 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 84.51 three stars
2013-08 03/01/2015 82.61 three stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 83.57 three stars
2011-08 09/01/2012 79.64 two stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 77.64 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 69.76 one star
2008-08 02/01/2010 67.15 one star
2007-08 04/01/2009 75.95 two stars
2006-08 05/01/2007 65.08 one star
2005-08 12/01/2006 75.25 two stars
2004-06 01/01/2006 78.88 two stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 91.90 four stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 95.52 four stars
2001-06 06/09/2003 93.47 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 31-6402408
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
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
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 August, 1952
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
None reported -- Chad Whittington Managing Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH) 86.14 three stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 93.93 four stars
The Florida Orchestra (FL) 92.01 four stars
Canton Symphony Orchestra (OH) 89.82 three stars
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL) 87.57 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
55 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
tel: (614) 228-9600
fax: (614) 224-7273
EIN: 31-6402408

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Board Leadership

Lisa Barton
Chair

CEO

Denise Rehg
Executive Director

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