Better Business Bureau Report for
Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2016


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association
Address: P.O. Box 778
  Evanston, IL 60204
Phone: 847-864-8804
Web Address: www.evanstonsymphony.org
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1945, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association is a non-profit community orchestra dedicated to providing quality affordable and accessible classical music that enriches the orchestra, the audience and the community.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, the organization spent $103,407 or 62% of its total expenses ($166,637) on program service activities.

Standard 11: Financial Statements - Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association does not meet this Standard because:

  • It states it does not have financial statements that were reviewed by a certified public accountant (CPA). A review is an accounting service providing some assurance to interested parties as to the reliability of financial data without the CPA conducting an examination in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.evanstonsymphony.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, www.evanstonsymphony.org does not indicate:

  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Four subscription concerts each year. One holiday pops concert Free pre-concert music lectures/recitals Music education programs.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association's program expenses were:

  
Concert Expenses 101,076
Miscellaneous Expenses 2,331
Total Program Expenses: $103,407
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : David Ellis, General Manager
Compensation*: 
$28,000

Chair of the Board: Suxanne Torrey
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 1

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:


Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $70,462, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status

              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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Financial

              

The following information is based on Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Ticket Sales 75,356
Individual Donations 46,997
Program Book Advertising 13,600
Grants 13,500
Corporate Donations 9,965
Other Concert Income 2,352
Other Income 109
Total Income $161,879


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 62%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 36% 

Total income $161,879
Program expenses $103,407
Fund raising expenses 3,700
Administrative expenses 59,530
Total expenses $166,637
Expenses in Excess of Income (4,758)
Beginning net assets 116,613
Ending net assets 172,243
Total liabilities 27,963
Total assets $200,206


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