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Merola Opera Program

A Proving Ground for the Future of Opera

three stars

86.29

Merola Opera Program 601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 936-2324   Web Site
EIN: 94-6084831

Board Leadership
Patrick Wilken
Chairman

CEO
Jean Kellogg
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.29 three stars
  Financial 81.04 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Named for Gaetano Merola, San Francisco Opera's first General Director, the Merola Opera Program is an 11-week summer training program featuring classes and public performances of operas to give the selected artists a comprehensive education at this early point in their careers. Each year, nearly 800 artists between the ages of 20 and 34 audition at sites across the country and approximately 29 are chosen, making it an illustrious honor to be accepted into the program. Merola participants receive intensive training for 11 weeks. The program is offered free of financial burden to the artists, including their transportation, housing, all training, and a weekly stipend.

Named for Gaetano Merola, San Francisco Opera's first General Director, the Merola Opera Program is an 11-week summer training program featuring classes and public performances of operas to give the selected artists a comprehensive education at this early point in their careers. Each year, nearly 800 artists between the ages of 20 and 34 audition at sites across the country and approximately 29 are chosen, making it an illustrious honor to be accepted into the program. Merola participants receive intensive training for 11 weeks. The program is offered free of financial burden to the artists, including their transportation, housing, all training, and a weekly stipend.

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Financial

three stars

81.04

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
72.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.06
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Merola Opera Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Merola Opera Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Merola Opera Program (CA) 86.29 three stars
Kaufman Music Center (NY) 85.13 three stars
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 89.88 three stars
The Harmony Project (CA) 91.57 four stars
Music Academy of the West (CA) 92.89 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,783,114
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $30,000
Total Contributions $1,813,114
   Program Service Revenue $154,103
Total Primary Revenue $1,967,217
   Other Revenue $2,286,864
TOTAL REVENUE $4,254,081
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,384,475
   Administrative Expenses $453,565
   Fundraising Expenses $406,618
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,244,658
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,009,423
   
Net Assets $29,358,693

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
Training Program $2,384,475 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 04/01/2019 86.29 three stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 84.50 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 85.68 three stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 81.40 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.95 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 85.85 three stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 85.07 three stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 85.87 three stars
2011-09 10/01/2012 89.28 three stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 82.82 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 86.12 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 77.12 two stars
2008-09 07/01/2009 80.43 three stars
2007-09 08/01/2008 77.39 two stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 89.94 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 94.19 four stars
2004-09 09/01/2005 79.36 two 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 94-6084831
Name in IRS Master File MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM
NTEE Code A6A
NTEE Classification Opera
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
(59) Other school related activities
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 August, 1957
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,020 4.31% Jean Kellogg Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Merola Opera Program (CA) 86.29 three stars
Free Spirit Media (IL) 92.57 four stars
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (NY) 89.77 three stars
Inner-City Arts (CA) 90.71 four stars
The Harmony Project (CA) 91.57 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Merola Opera Program
Merola Opera Program
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 936-2324
fax: (415) 508-3665
EIN: 94-6084831

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Board Leadership

Patrick Wilken
Chairman

CEO

Jean Kellogg
Executive Director

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