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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

OPERA America

The national service organization for opera

four stars

93.88

330 Seventh Avenue 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 93.88 four stars
  Financial 92.34 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

92.34

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.19
  Program Expenses Growth 31.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.5%
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) 93.88 four stars
Intersection for the Arts (CA) 91.92 four stars
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation (CA) 88.26 three stars
ArtWorks (OH) 86.75 three stars
Concert Artists Guild (NY) 85.41 three stars

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OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: creation: artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; presentation: opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; and enjoyment: education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 2,500 members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,487,679
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $125,800
Total Contributions $4,613,479
   Program Service Revenue $1,905,166
Total Primary Revenue $6,518,645
   Other Revenue $1,294,289
TOTAL REVENUE $7,812,934
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,410,057
   Administrative Expenses $726,360
   Fundraising Expenses $469,820
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,606,237
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,206,697
   
Net Assets $15,372,777

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 $1,819,587 41.3%
Opera Fund Program and Artistic Initiative $927,602 21.0%
Information Services and Publications $313,725 7.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$266,101 4.74% Marc Scorca President, CEO

OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: creation: artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; presentation: opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; and enjoyment: education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 2,500 members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
OPERA America (NY) 93.88 four stars
American Composers Forum (MN) 89.73 three stars
National Performance Network (LA) 85.35 three stars
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Inc. (NY) 87.65 three stars
Concert Artists Guild (NY) 85.41 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

OPERA America
330 Seventh Avenue
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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