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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Sphinx Organization

Transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts

three stars

85.99

400 Renaissance Center Suite 2550
Detroit, MI 48243
tel: (313) 877-9100   Web Site
EIN: 38-3283759

Board Leadership
Tynetta McIntosh
Chair

CEO
Afa S. Dworkin
President and Artistic Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.99 three stars
  Financial 87.06 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sphinx Organization was founded in 1996 to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music, and to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos in the field. Our mission is to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Since our founding, Sphinx has reached over 100,000 students with educational sessions and more than two million individuals through national broadcasts; provided over $300,000 in instruments to young musicians; awarded over $2 million to competition semi-finalists; and facilitated over 260 orchestral appearances.

The Sphinx Organization was founded in 1996 to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music, and to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos in the field. Our mission is to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Since our founding, Sphinx has reached over 100,000 students with educational sessions and more than two million individuals through national broadcasts; provided over $300,000 in instruments to young musicians; awarded over $2 million to competition semi-finalists; and facilitated over 260 orchestral appearances.

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Financial

three stars

87.06

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
71.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.51
  Program Expenses Growth 5.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Sphinx Organization on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Sphinx Organization on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sphinx Organization (MI) 85.99 three stars
The Loft Literary Center (MN) 86.09 three stars
League of American Orchestras (NY) 92.12 four stars
The NOCCA Institute (LA) 92.00 four stars
Princess Grace Foundation-USA (NY) 87.04 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,292,055
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $106,460
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $102,000
Total Contributions $4,500,515
   Program Service Revenue $316,069
Total Primary Revenue $4,816,584
   Other Revenue $50,931
TOTAL REVENUE $4,867,515
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,267,678
   Administrative Expenses $143,271
   Fundraising Expenses $746,438
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,157,387
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $710,128
   
Net Assets $10,418,833

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
Artist Development $1,194,548 36.6%
Arts Leadership $802,870 24.6%
Performing Artists $793,145 24.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 85.99 three stars
2017-12 10/01/2018 85.61 three stars
2016-12 12/01/2017 89.39 three stars
2015-12 12/21/2016 89.39 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.39 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.34 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 86.74 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 88.26 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 86.06 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 85.00 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.82 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 82.68 three stars
2008-12 12/15/2009 85.80 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 95.52 four stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 95.65 four stars
2004-12 09/01/2005 90.66 four 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 38-3283759
Name in IRS Master File SPHINX ORGANIZATION INC
NTEE Code A68
NTEE Classification Music
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(429) Other inner city or community benefit 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, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$370,513 8.91% Afa S. Dworkin President, Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sphinx Organization (MI) 85.99 three stars
Chamber Music America (NY) 89.25 three stars
The NOCCA Institute (LA) 92.00 four stars
Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (DC) 91.45 four stars
Creative Time (NY) 86.13 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Sphinx Organization
400 Renaissance Center
Suite 2550
Detroit, MI 48243
tel: (313) 877-9100
fax: (313) 887-0164
EIN: 38-3283759

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Board Leadership

Tynetta McIntosh
Chair

CEO

Afa S. Dworkin
President and Artistic Director

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