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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Free Arts NYC

A BBB Accredited charity

 


  • Meets all standards

Expiration Date:
07/2016
Name:
Free Arts NYC
Address:
1431 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone:
212-974-9092
Year, State Incorporated:
1997, New York
Affiliates:
Free Arts of Arizona, Free Arts Los Angeles, Free Arts Minnesota
Stated Purpose:
" Free Arts NYC provides underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. Founded in 1997, Free Arts NYC has now increased access to the arts and positive adult role models for over 30,000 at-risk children and parents living in New York City. By running programs free of charge directly at schools and social service agencies located in under-resourced communities, our supportive arts programming are made available to those that need it most. "






Evaluation Conclusions
 

              
Free Arts NYC meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
Free Arts Days(FAD) are day long festivals of art activities during which 75-100 children are paired with adult volunteer “buddies” in a 1:1 volunteer-to-child ratio. Together with their mentors, children rotate through 5 theme-based art projects. The day culminates with an interactive performance. Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT) is an eight-week art experience for at-risk families with children ages 3 and older. Program Facilitators and trained volunteer “coaches” guide families as they explore art as a vehicle through which to enhance communication and problem-solving skills. PACT activities are designed to increase positive parent-child engagement and encourage sustained teamwork. Arts Mentoring Program (AMP) is an after-school program that provides youth ages 6-13 with weekly art-making opportunities as they engage with positive adult role models. Program Facilitators, together with teams of trained volunteer mentors, guide small groups of youth through unique arts curricula across the duration of an academic year. Teen Arts Program (TAP) provides youth ages 13-18 with regular opportunities to access NYC cultural institutions and explore the arts as a potential academic or professional goal through monthly Museum & Artist Studio Visits, Internships and one-on-one Portfolio Mentorships. Traveling Arts Summer Camp provides a one-week summer arts camp to 25 children in the care of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Each camp day the group visits a different culture institution, such as the Brooklyn Museum or DJ Scratch Academy, for an event and related interactive workshop. Cultural Enrichment provides children and families with regular opportunities to visit museums and attend performances of theater, music, and dance through in-kind ticket donations from Free Arts NYC supporters.



Programs
 

              

Free Arts Days(FAD) are day long festivals of art activities during which 75-100 children are paired with adult volunteer “buddies” in a 1:1 volunteer-to-child ratio. Together with their mentors, children rotate through 5 theme-based art projects. The day culminates with an interactive performance.

Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT) is an eight-week art experience for at-risk families with children ages 3 and older. Program Facilitators and trained volunteer “coaches” guide families as they explore art as a vehicle through which to enhance communication and problem-solving skills. PACT activities are designed to increase positive parent-child engagement and encourage sustained teamwork.

Arts Mentoring Program (AMP) is an after-school program that provides youth ages 6-13 with weekly art-making opportunities as they engage with positive adult role models. Program Facilitators, together with teams of trained volunteer mentors, guide small groups of youth through unique arts curricula across the duration of an academic year.

Teen Arts Program (TAP) provides youth ages 13-18 with regular opportunities to access NYC cultural institutions and explore the arts as a potential academic or professional goal through monthly Museum & Artist Studio Visits, Internships and one-on-one Portfolio Mentorships.

Traveling Arts Summer Camp provides a one-week summer arts camp to 25 children in the care of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Each camp day the group visits a different culture institution, such as the Brooklyn Museum or DJ Scratch Academy, for an event and related interactive workshop.

Cultural Enrichment provides children and families with regular opportunities to visit museums and attend performances of theatre, music, and dance through in-kind ticket donations from Free Arts NYC supporters.






Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Liz Hopfan, Executive Director
Compensation*:
$143,737
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Daniel Ehrman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Managing Director/Alvarez & Marsal
Board Size:
23
Paid Staff Size:
21



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




Fund Raising
 

              
Method(s) Used:


Direct mail appeals, telephone appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements.
Fund raising costs were 15.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,907,615, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)




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.




Financial
 

              
The following information is based on Free Arts NYC's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Contributions

$1,028,362

Fundraising events

757,138

Donated services, material, advertising and marketing

202,830

Satisfaction of time and program restrictions

76,700

Miscellaneous income

5,657

Interest and dividend income

684

Less: Direct benefit expenses

(80,715)

Total Income

$1,990,656

Program Expenses  

Program expenses

$1,727,931
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income

1,727,931
301,413
109,032

$2,138,376

$(147,720)




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative 5% 
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Beginning net assets $671,418
Ending net assets 507,429
Total liabilities 260,614

Total assets

$768,043


Ending net assets include: Contributions: $60,431; Net assets released from restrictions: ($76,700).



 

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