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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Poets & Writers

From inspiration to publication

three stars

83.45

90 Broad Street Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 226-3586   Web Site
EIN: 13-2682458

Board Leadership
Susan Isaacs
Chairman

CEO
Elliot Figman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.45 three stars
  Financial 79.35 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Poets & Writers was founded in 1970 and has been the primary source of trustworthy information, professional guidance, support, and inspiration for writers for fifty years. Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature's source: creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Poets & Writers affirmed its vision for the future: to empower creative writers and strengthen literary communities throughout the United States. Learn more at pw.org.

Poets & Writers was founded in 1970 and has been the primary source of trustworthy information, professional guidance, support, and inspiration for writers for fifty years. Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature's source: creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Poets & Writers affirmed its vision for the future: to empower creative writers and strengthen literary communities throughout the United States. Learn more at pw.org.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Total number of periodical subscribers
53,000
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

79.35

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
76.8%
  Administrative Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth -1.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Poets & Writers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Poets & Writers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Poets & Writers (NY) 83.45 three stars
America-Israel Cultural Foundation (NY) 92.29 four stars
Association of Performing Arts Professionals (DC) 87.35 three stars
Princess Grace Foundation-USA (NY) 85.98 three stars
Academy of American Poets (NY) 88.01 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $629,277
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $505,615
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $211,800
Total Contributions $1,346,692
   Program Service Revenue $2,238,092
Total Primary Revenue $3,584,784
   Other Revenue $574,226
TOTAL REVENUE $4,159,010
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,082,234
   Administrative Expenses $730,291
   Fundraising Expenses $324,740
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,137,265
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $21,745
   
Net Assets $6,688,191

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 & Writers Magazine $2,034,425 66.0%
Readings & Workshops $641,111 20.8%
Website $406,698 13.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 83.45 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 85.25 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 85.92 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 86.67 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.91 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 81.14 three stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 80.32 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 81.19 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 83.31 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 81.80 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.96 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 89.21 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 82.84 three stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 78.83 two stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 74.48 two stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 76.86 two stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 74.40 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 13-2682458
Name in IRS Master File POETS & WRITERS INC
NTEE Code A76
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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 July, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,154 5.22% Elliot Figman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Poets & Writers (NY) 83.45 three stars
Cinequest (CA) 89.22 three stars
American Theatre Wing (NY) 94.23 four stars
Intersection for the Arts (CA) 94.54 four stars
The Field (NY) 85.85 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Poets & Writers
90 Broad Street
Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 226-3586
fax: (212) 226-3963
EIN: 13-2682458

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Board Leadership

Susan Isaacs
Chairman

CEO

Elliot Figman
Executive Director

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