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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The Los Angeles Conservancy

Preserving and revitalizing greater Los Angeles' architectural heritage

90.62

523 West Sixth Street Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014
tel: (213) 623-2489   Web Site
EIN: 95-3273046

Board Leadership
Mike Deasy
Chair

CEO
Linda Dishman
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.62
  Financial 92.61
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of 7,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and programs.

The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of 7,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and programs.

Financial

92.61

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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)
81.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.42
  Program Expenses Growth 5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Los Angeles Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Los Angeles Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.62
Vermont Historical Society (VT) 86.59
Minnesota Historical Society (MN) 87.67
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MA) 85.35
Atlanta History Center (GA) 91.37

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,384,082
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $797,022
   Fundraising Events $217,625
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,300
Total Contributions $2,401,029
   Program Service Revenue $403,516
Total Primary Revenue $2,804,545
   Other Revenue $184,843
TOTAL REVENUE $2,989,388
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,197,088
   Administrative Expenses $235,201
   Fundraising Expenses $270,206
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,702,495
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $286,893
   
Net Assets $6,223,345

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
Advocacy $810,344 36.9%
Education $734,756 33.4%
Outreach $651,988 29.7%

Ratings History
The Los Angeles Conservancy has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 90.62
2018-12 06/01/2020 90.14
2017-12 05/01/2019 91.19
2016-12 06/01/2018 90.56
2015-12 07/01/2017 90.88
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.98
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 87.10
2013-12 04/01/2015 91.65
2012-12 03/01/2014 92.25
2011-12 03/01/2013 89.61
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.46
2009-12 09/20/2011 92.11
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 90.49
2008-12 06/01/2010 92.21
2007-12 05/01/2009 86.30
2006-12 03/01/2008 78.16
2005-12 03/01/2007 90.74
2004-12 05/01/2006 90.83
2003-12 08/01/2005 88.49

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

EIN 95-3273046
Name in IRS Master File LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 September, 1978
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
$232,618 8.60% Linda Dishman President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Los Angeles Conservancy (CA) 90.62
Brooklyn Historical Society (NY) 89.85
New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors (MA) 88.73
The Explorers Club (NY) 88.52
Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA) 90.75

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Charity Contact Info

The Los Angeles Conservancy
523 West Sixth Street
Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014
tel: (213) 623-2489
fax: (213) 623-3909
EIN: 95-3273046

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Board Leadership

Mike Deasy
Chair

CEO

Linda Dishman
President and CEO

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