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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
52nd Street Project

A BBB Accredited charity


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The 52nd Street Project
789 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10019
Year, State Incorporated:
1989, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The mission of The Project is to bring together kids from Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan, starting at age ten and lasting through their teens, with theater professionals to create original theater offered free to the general public. By building on the core experience of collaboration, the Project fosters a sense of inclusion in a place where the children belong and where their creative work is the driving force. Through long-term mentoring relationships and exposure to diverse art forms, the Project seeks to expand the children's means of expression and to improve their literacy, life skills, and attitude towards learning. "

Evaluation Conclusions

The 52nd Street Project meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The 52nd Street Project provides an opportunity for inner-city children to create theater with professional theater artists. The organization encourages each participant to experience both writing and performing plays, while bringing in professionals who volunteer to help the children succeed on stage. The organization's main focus and teaching style is based on individual attention. The 52nd Street Project also has an academic program which pairs children one-on-one with mentors who assist with homework and higher education planning. The Project also has replication materials which provide a manual for the creation of other theater-programs in different areas for at-risk children.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Carol Ochs, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Cathy Dantchik
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Greythorne Associates
Co-Chair of the Board :
Mr. Louis Friedman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Flexis Capital
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

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

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 21.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $956,546, 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.


The following information is based on The 52nd Street Project's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  

Investment Income


Fundraising Benefits


Spending Policy Distribution


Foundations Support


Individuals Support


Theatre Rental Income


Corporations Support


Government Support


Donated Services and Materials


Scholarship Income


Concessions, net of costs of goods sold


Less: direct costs of fundraising benefits


Spending Policy Distribution


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative 14% 
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Beginning net assets $19,401,816
Ending net assets 19,203,152
Total liabilities 55,776

Total assets



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