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creative:impact - Shhh, It’s A Secret! Creative Washtenaw Nonprofits Count!

Jan 28, 2020

Creative Washtenaw Counts Nonprofits
Credit The Arts Alliance / a3arts.org

The report isn’t even out, but the data is collected.  Deb Polich shares some of the highlights of The Arts Alliance’s Creative Washtenaw Counts Nonprofit report with David Fair on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."  Listen here to find out how many, hold old, and the economic impact of this larger-than-you-expected nonprofit arts + creative sector.


Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

CREATIVE WASHTENAW - FY2017-18 NONPROFIT REPORT

Data source: 2017-2018 990 Tax Returns

Please note: university or government organizations are not included

205 nonprofit arts, creative, cultural, historic, preservation and heritage nonprofits 

  • ž  49 filing 990 Regular forms - gross receipts ≥ $200,000, or total assets ≥ $500,000
  • ž  45 filing 990 EZ forms - gross receipts < $200,000, and total assets < $500,000
  • ž111 filing 990 N forms - gross receipts normally ≤ $50,000

SNAPSHOT

  • Location based on mailing address of principal officer
  • Ypsilanti               36
  • Saline                    11
  • Manchester           2
  • Dexter                   13
  • Chelsea                 15         
  • Ann Arbor           127

§94 filed 990 R and 990 EZ and report gross revenues

  • $67,923,134 in gross revenues
  • $63,416,096 in gross expenses
  • $  4,507,038 in net revenue
  • $36,402,193 in total compensation = $22,206,193 in wage compensation + $14,196,000 in contract fees.
  • Average organization age: 32 years old or founded in 1988 such as Ypsilanti Choral Association and Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.
  • Oldest = 178 years old - American Oriental Society (1842)    ($100,000 -  $199,999)

                140 years old - UMS (1880)                                           (2nd highest grossing)

  • Youngest = 3 years old and founded in 2017

The Encore Musical Theatre Company                      (top 16 grossing)

French American Cultural Exchange Program          ($100,000 - $199,999)

Viva Voce Youth Choir Inc.                                            (>$50,000)

No. by budget size (outliers noted)

  • 193 with budgets below $1 million
  • 132    < $      50,000
  •   21     > $      50,001 -  $       99,999
  •   18     ≥ $    100,000 -  $      199,999
  •     7     ≥ $     200,000 - $      299,999
  •     7     ≥ $     300,000 - $      399,999
  •     3     ≥ $     400,000 - $      499,999
  •     2     ≥ $     500,000 - $      999,000 (including one with primary human service mission)
  • 14 with budgets above $1 million
  •    5      ≥ $  1,000,000 - $   1,999,999
  •    4      ≥ $  2,000,000 - $   2,999,999 (including two with primary human service missions)
  •    1      ≥ $  3,000,000 - $   3,999,999
  •    1      ≥ $  4,000,000 - $   4,999,999
  •    1      ≥ $  6,000,000 - $   6,999,999
  •    1      ≥ $  9,000,000 - $   9,999,999
  •    1      ≥ $16,000,000 - $16,999,999 (publically funded library)

RESOURCES:

The Impact Case for Arts + Creative Industries

The Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County in 2019-2021

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