Connecting communities through the Arts

aka Tahawus Cultural Center   |   Au Sable Forks, NY   |
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EIN: 13-3002239


Appleby Foundation’s mission is to create, develop, and present works and ideas that connect artists and audiences, children and adults, and to strengthen and enliven communities through diverse exposure, access to, and participation in the arts. In all our creative expression, our work reminds us to remain ever-inventive and responsive to a changing environment. Its main program is The Tahawus Cultural Center in the Adirondacks.

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Artistic director

Rebecca Kelly

Main address

PO Box 984

Au Sable Forks, NY 12912 USA

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Formerly known as

Rebecca Kelly Dance

Rebecca Kelly Ballet



Subject area info

Arts and culture

Arts education

Performing arts education

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Dance (A62)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We connect artists and audiences, children and adults, and strengthen and enliven communities through diverse exposure, access to, and participation in the arts

Our programs

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

Tahawus Cultural Center

The cultural center occupies the two upper floors of the 3-storey building; the 2nd floor Windows Gallery and Education Space, and the 3rd floor Cloudsplitter Dance Studio. Two local business occupy the ground floor. As a gathering place for learning and a catalyst of community growth, Tahawus Center engages people with a range of expressions in the arts in programs including art, film, music, dance, and STEM. Tahawus serves as a vital space where people connect with each other around familiar and unfamiliar topics. Tahawus is proud to play its role to support and inspire its community and its visitors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We have two main programs: TAHAWUS CENTER, its goal is to enrich the lives of those within its reach through a diverse program of arts, education, and social experiences for people of all ages, and to offer productive training and events to inspire and cultivate a “can do" approach to creative entrepreneurship. Using the Center's Windows Art and Education Gallery and Cloudsplitter Dance Studio is a hub for vitality, culture and community in Au Sable Forks, NY, and spurring Main St revitalization in the green renewal of a 100-year former Masonic Lodge.

REBECCA KELLY BALLET, the contemporary chamber company based in the Adirondacks and NYC is focused on the creation and presentation of professional performances of original ballet's. The choreographer's humanists themes often reflect social issues, and stewardship for the environment. AFI seeks funds for the creation of new ballets, scholarships and support for its education programs for youth, OnStage and Kids Co-Motion programs and its programs in the Adironacks of New York.

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How we listen

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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 0.05 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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

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Profitability info 2012 2013 2014
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $33,341 -$14,176 $43,300
As % of expenses 21.2% -9.2% 36.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $28,729 -$19,479 $27,064
As % of expenses 17.7% -12.2% 19.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $190,904 $140,316 $163,345
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -26.5% 16.4%
Program services revenue 62.3% 67.1% 51.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 5.8% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 31.9% 32.8% 49.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $157,563 $154,492 $120,045
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -1.9% -22.3%
Personnel 62.4% 61.8% 58.4%
Professional fees 4.1% 4.7% 7.9%
Occupancy 10.2% 7.5% 5.2%
Interest 4.1% 3.9% 4.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.1% 22.0% 23.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2012 2013 2014
Total expenses (after depreciation) $162,175 $159,795 $136,281
One month of savings $13,130 $12,874 $10,004
Debt principal payment $7,197 $5,745 $6,452
Fixed asset additions $18,145 $0 $85,568
Total full costs (estimated) $200,647 $178,414 $238,305

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2012 2013 2014
Months of cash 1.8 0.8 1.7
Months of cash and investments 1.8 0.8 1.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.2 0.4 -4.4
Balance sheet composition info 2012 2013 2014
Cash $23,155 $10,511 $17,409
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $21,670 $24,559 $5,604
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $203,109 $207,213 $292,780
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 9.4% 11.7% 13.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.5% 51.6% 51.9%
Unrestricted net assets $125,312 $105,833 $132,897
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $125,312 $105,833 $132,897

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2012 2013 2014
Material data errors No No No


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

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Artistic director

Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Kelly continues to devote energy to developing dance education / experiences for youth, and developing a range of programs at the Appleby Foundation’s now permanent home base, Tahawus Cultural Center, Au Sable Forks, in dance, art, music, and community building. Acquired in 2010 by Appleby Foundation, and restored and developed since then, the Center today is a beacon for cultural activity. The goal remains to kindle and nurture the drive toward excellence. Rebecca currently serves as the President of the Essex County Arts Council and has served on its Board of Directors since 2015. She is also a member of an ad hoc ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism) committee for the Whiteface Region.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rebecca Kelly

Artistice Director Tahawus Cultural Center

Term: 2020 - 2023

Tricia Tidwell


Abby Newton


Rebecca Kelly

Artistic Director

Pam Gelles

Financial Analyst, Paribas

Craig Brashear

Executive Director, Rebecca Kelly Ballet

Eve Wolfsohn

Librarian, Educator, Grace Church School

Carl Marxer

Video editor, motion graphics

Carl Marxer

Video editor, motion graphics

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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