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Academy of American Poets

Serving poets and poetry since 1934

three stars

87.60

75 Maiden Lane Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 274-0343   Web Site
EIN: 13-1879953

Board Leadership
Michael Jacobs
Chairman

CEO
Jennifer Benka
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.60 three stars
  Financial 84.41 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month. In addition, the Academy administers the most important collection of poetry awards in the United States.

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month. In addition, the Academy administers the most important collection of poetry awards in the United States.

Financial

three stars

84.41

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.16
  Program Expenses Growth < 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Academy of American Poets on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Academy of American Poets on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Academy of American Poets (NY) 87.60 three stars
ArtWorks (OH) 86.75 three stars
The Sphinx Organization (MI) 89.39 three stars
Association of Performing Arts Professionals (DC) 93.91 four stars
American Composers Forum (MN) 85.47 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $593,679
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $425,944
   Fundraising Events $104,364
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $132,750
Total Contributions $1,256,737
   Program Service Revenue $158,335
Total Primary Revenue $1,415,072
   Other Revenue $375,943
TOTAL REVENUE $1,791,015
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,380,117
   Administrative Expenses $258,543
   Fundraising Expenses $216,495
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,855,155
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-64,140
   
Net Assets $8,677,833

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
Poets.org $427,057 30.9%
Awards and Prizes $343,364 24.9%
National Poetry Month $104,041 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 03/01/2018 87.60 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 88.19 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.25 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 86.49 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 92.19 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 89.25 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 87.47 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 83.60 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 74.13 two stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 89.76 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 82.55 three stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 62.90 one star
2005-06 07/01/2006 64.38 one star
2004-06 12/01/2005 61.52 one star

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

EIN 13-1879953
Name in IRS Master File ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS INCORPORATED
NTEE Code A70
NTEE Classification Humanities Organizations
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
(59) Other school related activities
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
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 February, 1936
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,942 7.21% Jennifer Benka Executive Director

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ArtWorks (OH) 86.75 three stars
Frameline (CA) 87.81 three stars

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Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane
Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 274-0343
fax: (212) 274-9427
EIN: 13-1879953

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Board Leadership

Michael Jacobs
Chairman

CEO

Jennifer Benka
Executive Director

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