Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Academy of American Poets

Serving poets and poetry since 1934

three stars

88.01

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 88.01 three stars
  Financial 83.53 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

83.53

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
72.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.86
  Program Expenses Growth 1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
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 $472,819
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $464,378
   Fundraising Events $152,953
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,150
Total Contributions $1,180,300
   Program Service Revenue $167,498
Total Primary Revenue $1,347,798
   Other Revenue $268,100
TOTAL REVENUE $1,615,898
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,378,178
   Administrative Expenses $218,920
   Fundraising Expenses $310,729
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,907,827
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-291,929
   
Net Assets $10,072,827

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,341 7.35% 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