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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Americans for the Arts

All the Arts for All the People

three stars

89.75

1000 Vermont Avenue, NW 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 371-2830   Web Site
EIN: 52-1996467

Board Leadership
Abel Lopez
Chair

CEO
Robert Lynch
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.75 three stars
  Financial 90.58 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

90.58

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
78.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.90
  Program Expenses Growth 14.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Americans for the Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Americans for the Arts on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Americans for the Arts (DC) 89.75 three stars
United Performing Arts Fund (WI) 92.01 four stars
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (NC) 87.76 three stars
New England Foundation for the Arts (MA) 92.05 four stars
ArtsinStark (OH) 91.86 four stars

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Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Americans for the Arts is the result of the merger of four (4) agencies: the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA); the American Council for the Arts (ACA); the Arts & Business Council (ABC); and the Business Council for the Arts (BCA). With this combined history, Americans for the Arts has served as the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America for over 50 years. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it now serves and leads more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,524,649
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $305,322
Total Contributions $4,829,971
   Program Service Revenue $2,876,190
Total Primary Revenue $7,706,161
   Other Revenue $1,995,013
TOTAL REVENUE $9,701,174
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,175,028
   Administrative Expenses $1,354,665
   Fundraising Expenses $991,121
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,520,814
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,819,640
   
Net Assets $119,445,197

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
Local Arts Advancement $2,925,513 22.2%
Government and Public Affairs $1,753,126 13.3%
Research and Policy $1,395,372 10.6%
Private Sector Initiatives $1,046,388 7.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.75 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 78.33 two stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 89.44 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 78.60 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.08 three stars
2009-12 02/01/2012 81.32 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.65 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 72.97 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 64.91 one star
2007-12 06/01/2009 82.51 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 84.83 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 52-1996467
Name in IRS Master File AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS INC
NTEE Code A01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$1,313,272 8.46% Robert L. Lynch President, CEO $114,198

Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Americans for the Arts is the result of the merger of four (4) agencies: the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA); the American Council for the Arts (ACA); the Arts & Business Council (ABC); and the Business Council for the Arts (BCA). With this combined history, Americans for the Arts has served as the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America for over 50 years. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it now serves and leads more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Americans for the Arts (DC) 89.75 three stars
Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (SC) 85.73 three stars
Public Art Fund (NY) 87.27 three stars
Silicon Valley Creates (CA) 86.46 three stars
ArtsFund (WA) 90.05 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Avenue, NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 371-2830
fax: (202) 371-0424
EIN: 52-1996467

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Board Leadership

Abel Lopez
Chair

CEO

Robert Lynch
President & CEO

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