American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

Uniting people through a musical art

aka Handbell Musicians of America   |   Cincinnati, OH   |
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American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

EIN: 51-6019671


Handbell Musicians of America is dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing through education, community, and communication. We unite people to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of all skill levels realize their full potential through a musically respected art form.

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Executive Director

Ms. Linda Onorevole

Main address

201 E 5th St Ste 1900 # 1025

Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA

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Subject area info


Musical ensembles and groups

Performing arts education


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LGBTQ people

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NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Distinctly Bronze

Distinctly Bronze is a massed ringing event for advanced handbell musicians that provides the opportunity to perform on the largest handbell sets available under the direction of an esteemed conductor. Four days of rehearsal lead up to a Sunday afternoon concert, which is open to the public for a small admission charge. Distinctly Bronze East is held in New Bern, NC in the winter, and Distinctly Bronze West takes place in Vancouver, WA in the fall.

Population(s) Served

At National Seminar, you will participate in educational and engaging classes; hear performances by select choirs and ensembles; browse and shop exhibiting partner displays in the Handbell Commons. National Seminar provides the unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow handbell musicians and develop life-long friendships with those that share your enthusiasm and passion for our art.

Population(s) Served

Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of an esteemed conductor. The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal and class time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Participants will need to have completed 7th grade before the start of the program.

Population(s) Served

Master Series is your chance for an intensive, one-on-one learning experience in one of three areas: conducting, composition, and solo ringing. The event is held three days prior to National Seminar, in the same location.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young 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.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.39 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

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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American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of American Guild of English Handbell Ringers 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 $16,013 -$10,134 $88,514 $386,529 -$97,404
As % of expenses 2.1% -1.4% 15.1% 72.4% -12.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $13,193 -$12,572 $86,504 $385,774 -$98,012
As % of expenses 1.7% -1.7% 14.7% 72.2% -12.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $771,591 $736,616 $636,523 $655,166 $748,170
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.5% -4.5% -13.6% 2.9% 14.2%
Program services revenue 36.8% 34.2% 21.5% 33.7% 57.8%
Membership dues 42.8% 41.6% 54.1% 39.3% 27.2%
Investment income 1.6% 2.0% 2.2% 5.3% 1.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 10.5% 13.8% 16.5% 19.1% 14.1%
Other revenue 8.3% 8.3% 5.7% 2.6% -0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $772,014 $731,584 $586,162 $533,883 $779,117
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.0% -5.2% -19.9% -8.9% 45.9%
Personnel 43.7% 45.4% 51.3% 45.6% 36.7%
Professional fees 2.4% 3.1% 3.8% 7.3% 5.3%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.4% 0.9% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.8% 1.3% 0.8% 0.3% 0.5%
All other expenses 51.1% 48.9% 42.8% 46.8% 57.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $774,834 $734,022 $588,172 $534,638 $779,725
One month of savings $64,335 $60,965 $48,847 $44,490 $64,926
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $2,492 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $839,169 $794,987 $637,019 $581,620 $844,651

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 0.2 0.0 1.3 0.9
Months of cash and investments 9.8 10.6 14.0 18.2 11.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.5 1.5 3.6 12.6 7.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $5,994 $12,476 $2,124 $59,628 $58,300
Investments $624,314 $631,455 $680,071 $748,654 $688,312
Receivables $46,048 $34,088 $8,902 $0 $1,548
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $66,834 $66,834 $66,834 $69,326 $69,326
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 59.1% 62.8% 65.8% 64.5% 65.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 43.0% 41.9% 28.4% 23.2% 28.7%
Unrestricted net assets $126,116 $113,544 $200,048 $585,822 $487,810
Temporarily restricted net assets $292,211 $313,246 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $292,211 $313,246 $321,735 $62,949 $62,949
Total net assets $418,327 $426,790 $521,783 $648,771 $550,759

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.

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Executive Director

Ms. Linda Onorevole

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
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Board chair

Jill Fedon

Greig Ashurst

Gillian Erlenborn

Tracey Bowers

William Mathis

Linda Minnotte

Carlos Rivera

Board leadership practices

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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 ? 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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/25/2023

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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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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2023

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Policies and processes
  • 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.