Imagine. Create. Inspire.

aka Alpine Theatre Project   |   Whitefish, MT   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 77-0626385


To imagine without boundaries, to create vibrant professional entertainment and transformative arts education, to inspire the audience, artists, and next generation.

Notes from the nonprofit

ATP strives to imagine without boundaries, to create vibrant professional entertainment and transformative arts education, to inspire the audience, artists, and next generation. Founded in 2004 by three Broadway veterans, Betsi Morrison (Broadway's The Sound of Music), Luke Walrath (Broadway's 42nd Street), and David Ackroyd (Broadway's Children of a Lesser God), Alpine Theatre Project has been bringing Broadway talent, production, and education to Flathead Valley residents since 2004. Its artists have performed in over 190 Broadway productions, won 4 Tony Awards, 7 Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, and 1 Academy Award. Since its founding, ATP has become one of the most talked-about and unique cultural institutions in the Inland Northwest, with notices in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine, and Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine, which named ATP as one of the attractions that make Whitefish, Montana "One of the Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America."

Ruling year info


Producing Artistic Director

Betsi Morrison

Main address

PO Box 1959

Whitefish, MT 59937 USA

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Subject area info


Vocal music

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Stability and sustainability.

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?

Professional Season

ATP's Professional Theatre Season features artists from Broadway in musicals, plays, and concerts

Population(s) Served

ATP's educational outreach program for local students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

After-school theatre classes for students in Grades 1-12 offered year-round.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Actors' Equity Association 2023

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to be around for generations to come. We want to changes lives in our patrons and especially our children. We want to continue to champion diversity and inclusion!!

Please see attached plan. We are in the 4th year of our plan. Covid was tough but we didn't veer off our course and surprisingly still on track.

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.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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 0.36 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ALPINE THEATRE PROJECT INC’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$78,331 $16,914 $139,186 -$68,207 -$12,347
As % of expenses -8.9% 2.4% 20.4% -7.4% -1.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$80,910 $15,805 $136,104 -$72,097 -$19,996
As % of expenses -9.1% 2.2% 19.9% -7.8% -2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $804,997 $724,418 $820,290 $848,953 $808,135
Total revenue, % change over prior year 1.1% -10.0% 13.2% 3.5% -4.8%
Program services revenue 44.5% 45.6% 18.0% 35.0% 38.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.6% 0.1% 0.8% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 37.4% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 53.2% 46.3% 44.5% 58.9% 51.1%
Other revenue 2.0% 7.5% 0.0% 5.3% 9.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $882,550 $707,695 $681,104 $917,160 $820,482
Total expenses, % change over prior year 20.7% -19.8% -3.8% 34.7% -10.5%
Personnel 23.2% 36.7% 32.3% 24.4% 31.3%
Professional fees 40.8% 24.1% 24.8% 40.0% 31.7%
Occupancy 9.9% 13.4% 10.5% 12.1% 15.3%
Interest 1.8% 2.1% 1.0% 0.8% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 24.3% 23.6% 31.4% 22.7% 21.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $885,129 $708,804 $684,186 $921,050 $828,131
One month of savings $73,546 $58,975 $56,759 $76,430 $68,374
Debt principal payment $0 $14,003 $13,427 $17,077 $159,176
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $20,015 $23,683 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $958,675 $781,782 $774,387 $1,038,240 $1,055,681

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.7 -0.3
Months of cash and investments 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.7 -0.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -4.3 -5.1 -2.9 -3.1 -3.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $6,669 $7,359 $18,557 $54,391 -$17,845
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $7,500 $14,758 $117,900 $148 $1,285
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $113,779 $113,779 $133,794 $157,477 $157,477
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 97.9% 98.8% 86.4% 75.8% 80.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 678.2% 663.8% 192.7% 355.2% 1953.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets -$316,071 -$300,266 -$164,162 -$236,259 -$256,255

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Producing Artistic Director

Betsi Morrison

Betsi Morrison has been seen on the stages of Broadway as well as the nation's leading regional theatres. She has performed in the Broadway productions of The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain, South Pacific opposite Robert Goulet, and The Royal National Theatre's critically acclaimed revival of Carousel. was seen performing with Broadway's most legendary leading ladies at Carnegie Hall in My Favorite Broadway for PBS's Great Performances with Julie Andrews . She can currently be heard singing the role of Maria on the recording of West Side Story with the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos Classical label. Betsiserves as ATP's Artistic Director, overseeing programming and production, as well as directing and acting in various productions.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 01/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jerrie Boksich

Sharon Morrison

Jerrie Boksich

Joel Welle

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 1/26/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2023

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.