Better Business Bureau Report for
Society for the Performing Arts

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2016

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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
Web Address:
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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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.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Society for the Performing Arts's program expenses were:

Operation, house and box office 2,227,247
Promotion and publicity 747,638
Educational outreach 222,620
Total Program Expenses: $3,197,505
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Chief Executive : June Christensen, Chief Executive Officer/President

Chair of the Board: Melanie Gray, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Winston & Strawn LLP, Lawyer

Board Size: 55

Paid Staff Size: 14

*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, internet
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,961,784, 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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The following information is based on Society for the Performing Arts's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Total Contributed Support 2,557,867
Total Revenues 2,403,917
Total Income $4,961,784


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 17%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $4,961,784
Program expenses $3,197,505
Fund raising expenses 767,057
Administrative expenses 576,073
Total expenses $4,540,635
Income in Excess of Expenses 421,149
Beginning net assets 7,065,714
Ending net assets 7,486,863
Total liabilities 558,748
Total assets $8,045,611

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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