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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Sphinx Organization

Transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts

four stars

91.33

2200 Hunt Street Suite 461
Detroit, MI 48207
tel: (888) 404-7073   Web Site
EIN: 38-3283759

Board Leadership
Terry Woodard
Chair

CEO
Afa S. Dworkin
President and Artistic Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.33 four stars
  Financial 94.61 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sphinx Organization is the social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx's four program areas - Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists, and Arts Leadership - form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programing being performed, the communities represented in audiences, and the artistic and administrative leadership within the field.

The Sphinx Organization is the social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx's four program areas - Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists, and Arts Leadership - form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programing being performed, the communities represented in audiences, and the artistic and administrative leadership within the field.

Financial

four stars

94.61

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.96
  Program Expenses Growth 14.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sphinx Organization on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sphinx Organization on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sphinx Organization (MI) 91.33 four stars
Grantmakers in the Arts (NY) 87.76 three stars
Young Concert Artists (NY) 85.01 three stars
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY) 91.39 four stars
League of American Orchestras (NY) 91.27 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,673,258
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $98,940
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $165,000
Total Contributions $6,937,198
   Program Service Revenue $365,097
Total Primary Revenue $7,302,295
   Other Revenue $216,809
TOTAL REVENUE $7,519,104
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,039,792
   Administrative Expenses $93,522
   Fundraising Expenses $403,213
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,536,527
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,982,577
   
Net Assets $13,936,949

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 $1,597,060 39.5%
Arts Leadership $921,750 22.8%
Education $786,277 19.5%
Performing Artists $734,705 18.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 91.33 four stars
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$389,040 8.57% Afa S. Dworkin President, Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sphinx Organization (MI) 91.33 four stars
Young Concert Artists (NY) 85.01 three stars
MusiCares (CA) 93.92 four stars
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation (CA) 92.02 four stars
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY) 88.93 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Sphinx Organization
2200 Hunt Street
Suite 461
Detroit, MI 48207
tel: (888) 404-7073
EIN: 38-3283759

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Board Leadership

Terry Woodard
Chair

CEO

Afa S. Dworkin
President and Artistic Director

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