Better Business Bureau Report for
Society for the Performing Arts

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2015


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Society for the Performing Arts
Address: 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-632-8100
713-632-8116
Web Address: www.spahouston.org
Also known as:SPA
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1966, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Society for the Performing Arts believes that the arts are a measure of a civilized society and a catalyst for the enrichment, growth and pleasure for all citizens of that society. Society for the Performing Arts’ mandate, therefore, is to create opportunities for the discovery, development, and celebration of creative abilities in whatever form they may take. Society for the Performing Arts brings a broad selection of performing artists and companies from around the world to complement Houston's own theater, dance, and music offerings. The goal of the organization is to present a wide range of the highest quality national and international caliber of classical performing artists and companies, ranging from traditional to contemporary, large orchestras and dance companies to recitalists and solo performers, new artists and art forms to multi-cultural attractions. Additionally, Society for the Performing Arts seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children and to develop bridges between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston community and throughout the state of Texas.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Society for the Performing Arts meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

For the past 40 years, Society of the Performing Arts (SPA), has sought to introduce performing artists and people of Houston to each other. SPA attempts to span the cultural, sociological, and philosophical interests of the Houston community through the selection of diverse performances, and it also encourages pro-active participation from individuals and institutions through community outreach. Society of the Performing Arts' education and outreach programs reached 47,000 people. SPA maintains communication with all schools in Houston's Region IV, which includes 54 school districts and nearly 2,000 schools. Through this interaction, students in grades K-12 were given the opportunity to experience different cultures through the arts. In 2012-2013, Society for the Performing Arts highlights included 26 performances with an audience reach of over 58,300.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Society for the Performing Arts's program expenses were:

  
Operation, House and Box Office 2,920,492
Promotion and Publicity 789,943
Education Outreach 168,381
Total Program Expenses: $3,878,816
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : June Christensen, CEO/President
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: James J. Postl, Chairman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Community Volunteer

Board Size: 63

Paid Staff Size: 13

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

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 30% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,073,537, 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 Society for the Performing Arts's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Ticket Sales 2,568,959
Contributions 2,065,281
Change in Interest of the Net Assets of the Foundation 279,428
Other Revenue 257,000
Net Unrealized Gains on Investments 105,061
Dividend and Interest Income 44,295
Government Grants 8,256
Co-Sponsorship
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investments -2,767
Total Income $5,325,513


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $5,325,513
Program expenses $3,878,816
Fund raising expenses 615,657
Administrative expenses 364,055
Total expenses $4,858,528
Income in Excess of Expenses 466,985
Beginning net assets 6,598,729
Ending net assets 7,065,714
Total liabilities 486,567
Total assets $7,552,281


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Complaints

              

The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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