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SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL

Enriching the Community Through the Arts

aka SAAC   |   Springfield, IL   |  www.springfieldartsco.org
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SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL

EIN: 37-1003507


Mission

THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL PROMOTES THE EXISTENCE AND VISIBILITY OF ALL ART FORMS; PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF ARTISTS AND ART ORGANIZATIONS; PROMOTES AND UNDERWRITES ARTS IN EDUCATION; SUPPORTS LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL POLICIES WHICH INCREASE PUBLIC APPRECIATION FOR THE ARTS; AND ADVOCATES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS BY ALL CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE MISSION IS TO ENRICH THE COMMUNITY BY PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING ALL ART FORMS AND PROVIDING CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN AND ENJOY THE ARTS.

Notes from the nonprofit

Mission: Enriching the community by promoting all art forms and providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts in Sangamon and Menard Counties Recommitment to Equity In the sweep of pandemic and protest, the Springfield Area Arts Council renews our commitment to encourage, embrace, and celebrate diversity. The Arts Council affirms our pledge not to discriminate in any way by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, income, mental/physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression and to listen to those who know better than we do where discrimination lingers in our society. The visual, performing, and literary arts in the greater Springfield area should encompass all creative efforts. Therefore, the Arts Council stands ready to ally with those who seek to educate and to find community-led solutions. As the Arts Council nears our 45th anniversary, we will endeavor to help the community imagine, engage, heal, and move forward.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Sheila Walk

Main address

420 S 6th St

Springfield, IL 62701 USA

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Formerly known as

Springboard

EIN

37-1003507

Subject area info

Arts education

Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national, annual program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Regional and State competitions, presented in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, are hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Arts Council's signature event celebrated its 36th year on December 31, 2023. Held in downtown Springfield on New Year's Eve, this annual Celebration of the Arts features over 200 performers. Free activities and performances are held for children in the afternoon.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

An entertainment series featuring local performers, this outdoor, noon-hour, summertime program has been held for over thirty-five years.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The year-round jazz and blues live music series is held weekly from 5:30 to 7:30. A 50/50 raffle benefits Arts Council programming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In collaboration with the Mayor of Springfield, these awards are given to recognize artists, arts educators, arts organizations, businesses, and volunteers from Menard and Sangamon counties. Awards are based on nominations from the public. A commissioned artist designs the awards for this biennial program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A city-wide visual arts exhibit featuring artwork created by employees is held in collaboration with local businesses, educational and medical institutions, and state agencies. It is a biennial program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In partnership with local organizations, event sponsors, and the Levitt Foundation, this weekly concert series is held outdoors in the summer at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue. These family-friendly events showcase a variety of genres with nationally-touring headliners and local openers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Public and private schools receive grants to fund visits by performing, literary, and visual artists.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

With funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, project-based grants are awarded to local arts and other non-profit organizations to increase available arts programing. A panel of artists and community members determines the recipients.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In cooperation with the City of Springfield, a panel of artists, city employees, and community members determines grant awards to artists whose projects bring the arts to the city.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 5.80 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

%

Average of 2% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$1,469
As % of expenses -1.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,688
As % of expenses -1.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $114,913
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 13.6%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.2%
Government grants 51.3%
All other grants and contributions 33.5%
Other revenue 1.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $121,382
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 31.0%
Professional fees 22.8%
Occupancy 9.3%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 6.7%
All other expenses 30.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $121,601
One month of savings $10,115
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $131,716

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020
Months of cash 6.4
Months of cash and investments 6.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.5
Balance sheet composition info 2020
Cash $64,944
Investments $0
Receivables $800
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,956
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $26,546
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $45,000
Total net assets $71,546

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020
Material data errors No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Sheila Walk

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 01/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Steve Rambach

Teacher, retired

Term: 2023 - 2024

Steve Rambach

Teacher, retired

Al Shull

Art instructor

Melinda Kaye

Visual artist

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/11/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.