Hamilton, OH   |
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EIN: 31-0555960


The American Classical League celebrates, supports, and advances the teaching and learning of the Greek and Latin languages, literatures, and cultures and their timeless relevance.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Sherwin Little


Jennie Luongo

Main address

860 NW Washington Blvd. Suite A

Hamilton, OH 45013 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Population served info



NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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

The American Classical League serves the needs of teachers of Latin, Greek and the Classics at all levels around the world. We supply teaching materials, training, events, member support, advocacy and materials for students including exams.

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?

American Classical League Institute

A summer Institute for teachers of Classical Subjects at all levels

Population(s) Served

This exam is intended for students of Classical Greek to show their knowledge

Population(s) Served

Our purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The American Classical League is turning 100 in 2019 and we are exploring strategies to make sure we are still strong in our next 100 years, and that we are able to serve the needs of current teachers and students of Classical Languages.
ACL has identified five strategic area. 1) Governance 2) Membership 3) ACL Institute 4) Professional Services 5) Advocacy and Visibility. We are implementing a three-year Strategic plan to meet our goals.
We are working towards making sure our programs and services are meaningful in the digital age.

We will evaluate our programs and services to make sure they meet the needs of our members. We will prune what is not effective and add what is missing.
We will examine our governance practices to make sure they are efficient and effective.
We will examine other organizations with whom we could form strategic partnerships to enhance our mission.
We will make sure our programs and services are world-class and unique.
We will make sure to have the financial stability to support our programs.
We will expand fundraising activities.

Our four full-time and two part-time paid staff are prepared to implement our goals.
Our volunteer leaders and members are active and engaged in our cause.
Our financial situation is solid.
Our new Executive Director is prepared to lead the organization forward.

We have restructures our governance to have a Board of Governors and Executive Director.
We have completed our first-ever three year Strategic Plan.
We have started a Centennial Campaign to raise funds for our next century.


Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.98 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 43% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$14,061 -$119,812 -$104,486 -$547,700 $237,398
As % of expenses -0.9% -8.3% -5.9% -28.3% 33.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$17,266 -$127,946 -$121,298 -$564,499 $221,418
As % of expenses -1.2% -8.8% -6.8% -28.9% 30.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,450,494 $1,384,099 $1,589,360 $1,410,596 $834,526
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.3% -4.6% 14.8% -11.2% -40.8%
Program services revenue 92.0% 84.7% 80.5% 84.9% 44.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 4.8% 4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 5.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.4%
All other grants and contributions 2.6% 8.3% 13.8% 3.6% 24.7%
Other revenue 0.6% 2.9% 1.3% 7.1% 13.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,492,298 $1,448,049 $1,761,629 $1,935,461 $717,504
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.1% -3.0% 21.7% 9.9% -62.9%
Personnel 18.9% 22.0% 18.8% 17.3% 46.6%
Professional fees 2.9% 3.2% 2.4% 2.3% 8.0%
Occupancy 2.6% 2.7% 2.3% 2.2% 6.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.0% 4.2% 4.6% 5.2% 4.6%
All other expenses 73.6% 68.0% 71.8% 73.0% 34.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,495,503 $1,456,183 $1,778,441 $1,952,260 $733,484
One month of savings $124,358 $120,671 $146,802 $161,288 $59,792
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,619,861 $1,576,854 $1,925,243 $2,113,548 $793,276

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 9.7 7.1 3.9 1.4 7.1
Months of cash and investments 23.4 20.8 15.7 9.9 33.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 12.8 12.2 9.2 4.9 16.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,212,144 $859,598 $573,187 $220,701 $423,032
Investments $1,695,463 $1,644,734 $1,728,365 $1,372,692 $1,588,548
Receivables $1,276 $682 $21,066 $2,399 $57,572
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $51,152 $50,212 $51,374 $49,312 $30,860
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 86.4% 89.6% 93.0% 93.1% 94.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.6% 12.5% 14.2% 14.9% 6.8%
Unrestricted net assets $1,601,871 $1,473,925 $1,352,627 $788,128 $1,009,546
Temporarily restricted net assets $356,458 $390,694 $370,722 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $623,635 $647,421 $653,173 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $980,093 $1,038,115 $1,023,895 $901,780 $1,053,467
Total net assets $2,581,964 $2,512,040 $2,376,522 $1,689,908 $2,063,013

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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

Executive Director

Sherwin Little


Jennie Luongo

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jennie Luongo

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? No
  • 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 9/15/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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