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Chamber Music Northwest

Extraordinary Chamber Music in a Fun and Casual Atmosphere

four stars

95.57

2300 SW First Avenue Suite 103
Portland, OR 97201
tel: (503) 223-3202   Web Site
EIN: 23-7355562

Board Leadership
David Greger
President

CEO
Peter Bilotta
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.57 four stars
  Financial 93.74 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Now in its 49th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 100,000 people annually with more than 100 main stage concerts, casual concerts in non-traditional venues, and dozens of free outreach and educational events. CMNW's five-week Summer Festival, week long Winter Festival, and year feature artists that range from rising stars to some of the most sought-after solo, chamber and recording artists in the world. Now in his 39th year as Artistic Director, world-renowned clarinetist and music educator David Shifrin is a highly acclaimed orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004. CMNW's year-round staff of ten and larger seasonal staff are led by Executive Director Peter J. Bilotta, a 30-year veteran of opera, theater and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $1.7 million, CMNW has operated under a balanced budget every year since 1980.

Now in its 49th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 100,000 people annually with more than 100 main stage concerts, casual concerts in non-traditional venues, and dozens of free outreach and educational events. CMNW's five-week Summer Festival, week long Winter Festival, and year feature artists that range from rising stars to some of the most sought-after solo, chamber and recording artists in the world. Now in his 39th year as Artistic Director, world-renowned clarinetist and music educator David Shifrin is a highly acclaimed orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004. CMNW's year-round staff of ten and larger seasonal staff are led by Executive Director Peter J. Bilotta, a 30-year veteran of opera, theater and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $1.7 million, CMNW has operated under a balanced budget every year since 1980.

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Financial

four stars

93.74

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.48
  Program Expenses Growth 8.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chamber Music Northwest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chamber Music Northwest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, It is difficult to obtain feedback that is representative of all constituents
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
This past year, Chamber Music Northwest conducted an international search for new artistic leadership to succeed Artistic Director David Shifrin in late 2020 Our year-long selection process was heavily influenced by surveys, focus groups, and conversations with many stakeholders This feedback was the foundation of our selection criteria, which ultimately determined all semi-finalists, finalists, and the new Co-Artistic Directors we selected
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chamber Music Northwest (OR) 95.57 four stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 93.93 four stars
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association (CA) 90.62 four stars
New York Youth Symphony (NY) 90.30 four stars
Allentown Symphony Association (PA) 88.95 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,086,715
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $70,729
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $150,606
Total Contributions $1,308,050
   Program Service Revenue $415,046
Total Primary Revenue $1,723,096
   Other Revenue $256,235
TOTAL REVENUE $1,979,331
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,480,911
   Administrative Expenses $159,884
   Fundraising Expenses $206,623
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,847,418
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $131,913
   
Net Assets $6,252,129

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
Performances $1,480,911 100.0%

Ratings History
Chamber Music Northwest has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 95.57 four stars
2017-09 10/01/2018 95.38 four stars
2016-09 09/01/2017 94.88 four stars
2016-09 08/01/2017 94.46 four stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 89.23 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 88.15 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 84.81 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 06/01/2015 80.68 three stars
2013-09 04/01/2015 80.21 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 80.10 three stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 78.74 two stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 87.31 three stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 84.68 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 86.92 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 77.36 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 71.02 two stars
2008-09 12/01/2009 74.87 two stars
2007-09 09/01/2008 79.56 two stars
2006-09 08/01/2007 87.36 three stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 90.59 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 23-7355562
Name in IRS Master File CHAMBER MUSIC NORTHWEST
NTEE Code A6C
NTEE Classification Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
(149) Other instruction and training
(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 March, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$148,563 8.04% Peter Bilotta Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chamber Music Northwest (OR) 95.57 four stars
Louisville Orchestra (KY) 90.78 four stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 88.22 three stars
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (CA) 85.46 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chamber Music Northwest
2300 SW First Avenue
Suite 103
Portland, OR 97201
tel: (503) 223-3202
EIN: 23-7355562

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Board Leadership

David Greger
President

CEO

Peter Bilotta
Executive Director

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