Better Business Bureau Report for
Ashtabula Arts Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2019

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Ashtabula Arts Center
Address: 2928 W. 13th Street
  Ashtabula, OH 44004
Phone: 440-964-3396
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1953, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to preserve and promote the arts through education and entertainment, across cultural boundaries encouraging personal, cultural, and economic growth."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Ashtabula Arts Center (AAC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Ashtabula Arts Center offers four class terms throughout the year in each of our departments -- dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as individual music instruction throughout the year. It produces and presents 8 main stage theater productions, 2 children’s theater productions, 2 dance productions, touring productions, and a number of musical offerings, which include professional artists as well as student recitals. It offers specialized workshops, summer camps, and classes for homeschoolers. It curates eleven art exhibits throughout the year. It offers programming at schools, after-school programs, nursing homes, and other community locales.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, AAC's program expenses were:

Drama 158,181
Dance 109,783
Music 95,982
Visual Arts 92,924
Total Program Expenses: $456,870
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Chief Executive : Meeghan Humphrey, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Lauren Robson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Fitness Instructor

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 10

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $358,067, 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 AAC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Source of Funds  
Program Services 353,824
Allocation - AAC Foundation 130,850
Memberships 111,249
Foundations and Grants 86,210
Contributions 29,649
Miscellaneous 14,806
Marketing 5,515
In-Kind Donations 109
Interest Earned 33
Total Income $732,245


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 66%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 30% 

Total income $732,245
Program expenses $456,870
Fund raising expenses 28,460
Administrative expenses 209,122
Total expenses $694,452
Income in Excess of Expenses 37,793
Beginning net assets 782,120
Ending net assets 819,913
Total liabilities 37,752
Total assets $857,665

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