Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Academy of American Poets

Serving poets and poetry since 1934

94.22

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 94.22
  Financial 92.88
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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 produces Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives millions of unique users each month; Poem-a-Day; National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; Teach This Poem and other K-12 resources for teachers; American Poets Magazine; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and it awards more funds to poets than any other organization. It also coordinates and supports the work of a national Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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 produces Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives millions of unique users each month; Poem-a-Day; National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; Teach This Poem and other K-12 resources for teachers; American Poets Magazine; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and it awards more funds to poets than any other organization. It also coordinates and supports the work of a national Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Financial

92.88

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.64
  Program Expenses Growth 25.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,816,493
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $467,379
   Fundraising Events $254,664
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $115,225
Total Contributions $3,653,761
   Program Service Revenue $165,603
Total Primary Revenue $3,819,364
   Other Revenue $442,167
TOTAL REVENUE $4,261,531
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,732,781
   Administrative Expenses $207,473
   Fundraising Expenses $323,309
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,263,563
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $997,968
   
Net Assets $10,910,306

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$146,242 4.48% Jennifer Benka President, Executive Director

Mission

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 produces Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives millions of unique users each month; Poem-a-Day; National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; Teach This Poem and other K-12 resources for teachers; American Poets Magazine; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and it awards more funds to poets than any other organization. It also coordinates and supports the work of a national Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Charity Contact Info

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