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OPERA America

Moving Opera Forward

four stars

90.34

330 Seventh Avenue 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 796-8620   Web Site
EIN: 20-3520577

Board Leadership
Timothy O'Leary
Chairman

CEO
Marc A. Scorca
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.34 four stars
  Financial 91.92 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

OPERA America (OA) leads the entire opera community - administrators, artists, trustees and audiences - in support of the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

Since 1970, OA has been dedicated to strengthening the human resources, business practices and collective knowledge that empower the field to build, broaden and serve communities through opera. From national convenings and professional development, to grantmaking and research, its programs support new work development, career training for artists and administrators, organizational innovation, civic practice strategies, strong governance and public appreciation for the art form.

Its membership includes 150 opera companies; over 250 associate, business and education members; and 1,750 individuals. In 2012, OPERA America expanded its service to the opera field by opening the National Opera Center in midtown Manhattan, a custom-built facility that serves more than 80,000 visitors annually.

OPERA America (OA) leads the entire opera community - administrators, artists, trustees and audiences - in support of the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

Since 1970, OA has been dedicated to strengthening the human resources, business practices and collective knowledge that empower the field to build, broaden and serve communities through opera. From national convenings and professional development, to grantmaking and research, its programs support new work development, career training for artists and administrators, organizational innovation, civic practice strategies, strong governance and public appreciation for the art form.

Its membership includes 150 opera companies; over 250 associate, business and education members; and 1,750 individuals. In 2012, OPERA America expanded its service to the opera field by opening the National Opera Center in midtown Manhattan, a custom-built facility that serves more than 80,000 visitors annually.

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Financial

four stars

91.92

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by OPERA America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by OPERA America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
OPERA America (NY) 90.34 four stars
New World Symphony (FL) 90.22 four stars
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY) 88.67 three stars
Academy of American Poets (NY) 88.01 three stars
The NOCCA Institute (LA) 92.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,921,646
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $119,100
Total Contributions $3,040,746
   Program Service Revenue $2,148,951
Total Primary Revenue $5,189,697
   Other Revenue $657,292
TOTAL REVENUE $5,846,989
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,777,308
   Administrative Expenses $602,242
   Fundraising Expenses $519,589
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,899,139
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,052,150
   
Net Assets $16,981,798

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
National Opera Center $1,898,266 32.9%
Audience Development $1,395,625 24.2%
Opera Fund Program and Artistic Initiative $958,837 16.6%

Ratings History
OPERA America has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.34 four stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 91.83 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 91.01 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 93.88 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.40 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.39 four stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 91.99 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 81.97 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 81.04 three stars
2009-06 04/01/2012 90.54 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 88.19 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 86.72 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 79.48 two stars
2007-06 06/01/2009 69.28 one star
2006-06 07/01/2007 63.83 one star
2005-06 12/01/2006 82.25 three stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 85.59 three 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 20-3520577
Name in IRS Master File OPERA AMERICA INC
NTEE Code A03
NTEE Classification Professional Societies, Associations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 April, 2006
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$281,680 4.08% Marc A. Scorca President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
OPERA America (NY) 90.34 four stars
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National Book Foundation (NY) 87.39 three stars
League of American Orchestras (NY) 92.12 four stars
Seattle Arts and Lectures (WA) 89.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

OPERA America
330 Seventh Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 796-8620
fax: (212) 796-8621
EIN: 20-3520577

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Board Leadership

Timothy O'Leary
Chairman

CEO

Marc A. Scorca
President, CEO

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