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AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC

Your Recorder Community

aka American Recorder Society   |   Charlotte, NC   |  www.americanrecorder.org
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AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC

EIN: 13-2930296


Mission

The mission of the American Recorder Society is to promote the recorder and its music. Our goals are to be the organization every recorder player wants to join, and to support and grow the diverse recorder community by providing resources and opportunities on the social, educational, and professional levels. We envision a future in which the recorder and its music are enjoyed, valued and supported across generations, ethnicities and cultures.

Ruling year info

1962

Administrative Director

Susan Burns

Main address

PO Box 480054

Charlotte, NC 28269 USA

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EIN

13-2930296

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Population served info

Adults

Ethnic and racial groups

Retired people

Academics

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Fundraising

ARS raises funds to help promote recorder education and skill. Recipients of grants and scholarships range from elementary school teachers to start a recorder program; recorder players of any age who wish to attend an in-person or online workshop or class; beginners who wish to learn recorder via online instruction, especially adults; recorder professionals who wish to develop their skills further, recorder groups (chapters, recorder orchestras) who wish to bring the recorder to a wider audience, and more.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics
Artists and performers
Retired people

American Recorder Magazine has been in print, in some form, going back to the 1950. It is a quartlerly magazine with articles chosen to educate and entertain recorder players of all levels, from beginners to professionals. It is only available to members and subscribers.

ARS NOVA e-mag is a monthly one-topic email with tips and techniques for playing the recorder. It is available to anyone, not just ARS members.

ARS NEWS is an e-newsletter published monthly with all the latest news in the recorder world. It is available to anyone, not just ARS members.

We also make many musical compositions for recorder available either in hard copy, in some cases, or as a downloadable PDF. Most of these are free with a membership and others are priced to offset shipping costs.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics
Artists and performers
Retired people

ARS offers:
- Scholarships for individuals to attend music workshops where they learn more recorder playing techniques and build community.
- Educational Outreach Grants for teachers of any age group to bring recorders into schools and senior centers.
- Professional Development Grants for recorder teachers/performers
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion grants for groups to focus on welcoming/encouraging newcomers of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, etc.
- Traveling Teacher Grants to pay for a teacher to offer instruction to underserved locations
- Chapter grants for local recorder groups to offer a program that appeals to a wider audience and helps build chapter membership

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics
Artists and performers
Retired people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number includes individual members of ARS, which may include class attendees, website visitors and grant/scholarship awardees. Dates are calculated as of the end of the fiscal year, 8/31.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These donations were made by current Board members only.

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.

Improve member satisfaction, engagement, and retention
Increase viability of recorder community; imrpove chapter satisfaction & engagement
Provide scholarships and grants
Make sure that ARS is welcoming to a racially and ethnically diverse membership, which increases the diversity of the membership and board

● Continue executing proactive retention activities
● Continue supporting beginners to bring them into the fold.
● Improve CCRO (chapter/consort/recorder orchestra) reps' understanding of what ARS does
● Increase breadth and depth of member benefits
● Align member benefits with member needs and wants
● Improve members’ ARS engagement
● Increase number of new donors
● Maintain & improve current fundraising efforts
● Continue to involve board members in fundraising
● Annually evaluate marketing plan, particularly focused on use of social media
● Reflect diversity in our marketing materials.
● Define & maintain key marketing channels to reach target groups: AR, Website, Social Media, Email, Workshops, Chapters, Festivals, Brochures
● Interface with AR editor, Marketing Manager and Admin. Director on magazine and ARS NEWS content as needed
● Administer available Grant, Scholarship and Outreach funds
● Use written standards for application evaluation for each type (incorporated in Web site application pages and policy book)
● Aim to distribute all available Scholarship and Grant funds
● Offer scholarships targeted to speicifc types of players
● Monitor current plans and revise as necessary to ensure that ARS is welcoming to a racially and ethnically diverse membership and which increases the diversity of the ARS membership and board.
● Model DEI for our chapters

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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We collect feedback from all new members about 6 months after they join

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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

2.40

Average of 1.79 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.3

Average of 2.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $26,453 $16,541 $49,614 $137,645 $5,421
As % of expenses 16.3% 9.7% 28.0% 67.8% 3.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $25,407 $15,541 $46,444 $137,645 $5,421
As % of expenses 15.6% 9.1% 25.8% 67.8% 3.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $194,426 $205,910 $250,047 $302,060 $230,994
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.6% 5.9% 21.4% 20.8% -23.5%
Program services revenue 2.9% 2.5% 1.5% 3.3% 1.4%
Membership dues 43.4% 43.7% 36.8% 33.9% 41.9%
Investment income 4.5% 5.4% 3.8% 1.8% 1.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 37.9% 36.9% 49.5% 50.2% 44.9%
Other revenue 11.4% 11.5% 8.4% 6.8% 10.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $161,857 $169,862 $176,889 $203,161 $177,076
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.2% 4.9% 4.1% 14.9% -12.8%
Personnel 39.4% 37.5% 37.9% 37.1% 42.2%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.0% 0.7% 5.7% 2.0%
Occupancy 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 5.0% 2.9% 14.1% 14.9% 6.1%
All other expenses 54.0% 58.5% 47.2% 42.3% 49.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $162,903 $170,862 $180,059 $203,161 $177,076
One month of savings $13,488 $14,155 $14,741 $16,930 $14,756
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $176,391 $185,017 $194,800 $220,091 $191,832

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.8 1.5 4.8 3.6 3.3
Months of cash and investments 3.8 1.5 4.8 3.6 3.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.7 12.3 14.9 21.1 24.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $50,800 $20,552 $70,719 $60,215 $48,027
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $787 $501 $1,752 $872 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.0% 7.6% 10.5% 4.7% 5.1%
Unrestricted net assets $158,076 $173,617 $220,061 $357,706 $363,127
Temporarily restricted net assets $44,787 $45,890 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $12,416 $14,405 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $57,203 $60,295 $72,532 $16,083 $12,608
Total net assets $215,279 $233,912 $292,593 $373,789 $375,735

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Administrative Director

Susan Burns

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 05/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Carol Mishler

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 ? 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 5/1/2024

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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: 05/01/2024

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Data
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.