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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Americans for the Arts

All the Arts for All the People

88.88

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

Board Leadership
Julie C. Muraco
Board Chair

CEO
Nolen V. Bivens
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.88
  Financial 88.78
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

88.78

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.75
  Program Expenses Growth -1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
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) 88.88
Greater Hartford Arts Council (CT) 85.06
Silicon Valley Creates (CA) 87.36
Music Center Foundation (CA) 92.05
Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (SC) 90.31

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,351,882
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $106,799
   Government Grants $4,082,661
Total Contributions $6,541,342
   Program Service Revenue $2,188,147
Total Primary Revenue $8,729,489
   Other Revenue $1,204,203
TOTAL REVENUE $9,933,692
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,632,009
   Administrative Expenses $1,683,349
   Fundraising Expenses $997,295
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,312,653
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-8,378,961
   
Net Assets $117,921,468

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
Research and Policy $5,598,404 35.8%
Local Arts Advancement $3,470,207 22.2%
Government and Public Affairs $2,784,399 17.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 88.88
2018-12 05/01/2020 89.06
2017-12 05/01/2019 91.45
2016-12 06/01/2018 91.30
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.75
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.20
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 78.33
2012-12 05/01/2014 89.44
2011-12 04/01/2013 78.60
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.08
2009-12 02/01/2012 81.32
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.65
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 72.97
2008-12 07/01/2010 64.91
2007-12 06/01/2009 82.51
2006-12 05/01/2008 84.83

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$748,753 4.08% Robert L. Lynch President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Americans for the Arts (DC) 88.88
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (PA) 91.02
United Arts of Central Florida (FL) 90.91
Texas Cultural Trust (TX) 87.54
Public Art Fund (NY) 85.61

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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

Julie C. Muraco
Board Chair

CEO

Nolen V. Bivens
President & CEO

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