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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Colorado Symphony

Creating extraordinary musical experiences that transport today's listener, from the past's best to the future's edge.

three stars

82.60

1245 Champa Street 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80204
tel: (303) 292-5566   Web Site
EIN: 84-0511458

Board Leadership
Jerome H. Ken & Mary Rossick-Kern
Co-Chairs

CEO
Jerome H. Kern
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.60 three stars
  Financial 80.51 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances - from classical repertoire to innovative new forms - in Boettcher Concert Hall. Established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the CSO is the region's only full-time orchestra. Each season, approximately 200,000 adults and youth attend CSO concerts, including a 16-week Masterworks series of classical programs, as well as Pops, Family, Holiday and Summer concerts.

The Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances - from classical repertoire to innovative new forms - in Boettcher Concert Hall. Established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the CSO is the region's only full-time orchestra. Each season, approximately 200,000 adults and youth attend CSO concerts, including a 16-week Masterworks series of classical programs, as well as Pops, Family, Holiday and Summer concerts.

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Financial

three stars

80.51

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 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)
81.0%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.06
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 34.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Colorado Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Colorado Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Colorado Symphony (CO) 82.60 three stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 91.21 four stars
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PA) 85.17 three stars
Oregon Symphony (OR) 89.51 three stars
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI) 92.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,101,625
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $812,263
   Related Organizations $975,887
   Government Grants $1,159,753
Total Contributions $6,049,528
   Program Service Revenue $5,683,985
Total Primary Revenue $11,733,513
   Other Revenue $39,973
TOTAL REVENUE $11,773,486
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,577,699
   Administrative Expenses $1,915,981
   Fundraising Expenses $506,810
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,000,490
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,227,004
   
Net Assets $5,122,145

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
Concerts $10,577,699 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 82.60 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 82.18 three stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 81.57 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.58 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 80.39 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 79.56 two stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 77.06 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 74.80 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 72.07 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 70.43 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 83.31 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 84.33 three stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 81.68 three stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 75.28 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 81.11 three stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 75.88 two stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 80.21 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 84-0511458
Name in IRS Master File COLORADO SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION
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 (59) Other school related 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 July, 1922
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Jerome H. Kern President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$106,679 0.82% Yumi Hwang-Williams Concert Master/ Trustee
$97,894 0.75% Anthony Pierce Senior VP, Artistic Planning
$97,846 0.75% Coreen Miller Chief Financial Officer
$68,325 0.52% Kolio Plachkov Musician Trustee

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Colorado Symphony (CO) 82.60 three stars
Dallas Symphony Association (TX) 89.00 three stars
Flint Institute of Music (MI) 86.65 three stars
Boston Landmarks Orchestra (MA) 86.17 three stars
Silkroad (MA) 87.29 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Colorado Symphony
1245 Champa Street
4th Floor
Denver, CO 80204
tel: (303) 292-5566
fax: (303) 293-2649
EIN: 84-0511458

Mail donations to:
1000 14th Street
No. 15
Denver, CO 80202

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Board Leadership

Jerome H. Ken & Mary Rossick-Kern
Co-Chairs

CEO

Jerome H. Kern
Chief Executive Officer

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