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Omaha Symphony

An essential Midwestern resource for excellent orchestral performances

four stars

95.05

1905 Harney Street Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68102
tel: (402) 342-3836   Web Site
EIN: 47-6039304

Board Leadership
David Slosburg
Chairman

CEO
Jennifer Boomgaarden
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.05 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony presents more than 200 live performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, Light Classics and Family series concerts, the orchestra tours both Nebraska and Iowa providing education and community engagement concerts and special events. The Omaha Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska and is currently performing in its 86th season. Combined with radio broadcasts, the orchestra reaches an estimated annual audience of 300,000 annually. The Symphony is passionate about its pursuit of artistic, educational and institutional excellence, and strives to be an essential, integral and valued resource to the community it serves.

Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony presents more than 200 live performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, Light Classics and Family series concerts, the orchestra tours both Nebraska and Iowa providing education and community engagement concerts and special events. The Omaha Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska and is currently performing in its 86th season. Combined with radio broadcasts, the orchestra reaches an estimated annual audience of 300,000 annually. The Symphony is passionate about its pursuit of artistic, educational and institutional excellence, and strives to be an essential, integral and valued resource to the community it serves.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
85.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.56
  Program Expenses Growth 8.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Omaha Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Omaha Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Omaha Symphony (NE) 95.05 four stars
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (MA) 86.00 three stars
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PA) 85.41 three stars
Utah Symphony & Opera (UT) 94.50 four stars
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY) 90.95 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,658,929
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $318,288
Total Contributions $9,977,217
   Program Service Revenue $3,027,104
Total Primary Revenue $13,004,321
   Other Revenue $1,085,931
TOTAL REVENUE $14,090,252
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,433,601
   Administrative Expenses $675,882
   Fundraising Expenses $429,194
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,538,677
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,551,575
   
Net Assets $33,181,478

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
Concert Series $7,059,999 95.0%
Education Programs $373,602 5.0%

Ratings History
Omaha Symphony has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 95.05 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 95.83 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 94.11 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 91.60 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.42 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 84.94 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 90.90 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 90.26 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 84.24 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.42 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 88.22 three stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 87.57 three stars
2007-06 06/01/2008 94.57 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2008 95.43 four stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 90.71 four stars
2003-06 03/01/2005 94.09 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 47-6039304
Name in IRS Master File OMAHA 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 (119) Other cultural or historical 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 October, 1943
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$186,668 2.18% James M. Johnson President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Omaha Symphony (NE) 95.05 four stars
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) 86.22 three stars
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN) 92.22 four stars
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX) 87.05 three stars
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (MA) 86.00 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Omaha Symphony
1905 Harney Street
Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68102
tel: (402) 342-3836
EIN: 47-6039304

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Board Leadership

David Slosburg
Chairman

CEO

Jennifer Boomgaarden
President & CEO

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