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Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Make Music A Right

aka HYS   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.hiyouthsymphony.org
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Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

EIN: 99-0119771


Mission

Hawaii Youth Symphony's mission is to develop youth to their fullest potential through orchestral music, in the context of our Islands' unique cultures. Our vision? Make Music A Right.

Ruling year info

1968

President

Randy Wong

Main address

1350 S. King Street Ste 201

Honolulu, HI 96814 USA

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EIN

99-0119771

Subject area info

Arts education

Music

Education

Community and economic development

Orchestral music

Population served info

Children

Adolescents

Social and economic status

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a Hawaii where music is a right. This means closing the opportunity gap faced by many youth, who do not have access to music, be it for financial, geographic, or other reasons.

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?

Symphony Program

Orchestral ensembles for youth ages 12-18.

Population(s) Served

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction for youth ages 8-18 who are interested in learning violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Population(s) Served

Improvisation classes and ensembles for youth ages 13-18 of any instrument

Population(s) Served

Entry level general music and violin classes for youth attending Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii clubhouses.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children
Adolescents
Native Hawaiians
Pacific Islanders

Where we work

Awards

Business Leadership Award (Nonprofit) 2021

Pacific Business News

Best Workplaces for Innovators 2023

Fast Company

Top Recognition: Social Good 2023

Fast Company

Koa Hammer Award: External Video 2023

Public Relations Society of America

Koa Hammer Award: Newsletter (External Audiences) 2022

Public Relations Society of America

Communicator Award of Distinction: Nonprofit Marketing 2020

Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts

Communicator Award of Excellence: Video Fundraising 2020

Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts

Ho'okele Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership (Randy Wong) 2018

Hawaii Community Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

League of American Orchestras 2023

National Association for Music Education 2023

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 youth who have access to music education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Symphony Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Symphony Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

All field trip activities in FY21-FY23 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has been restarted as of 12/2023 (FY24)

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Financial Aid in 2021 saw a significant decrease due to decreased tuition revenue overall related to the Pandemic.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We canceled many live performances in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; otherwise, this metric would've increased.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Charting impact

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

Reduce opportunity gaps and other inequities such that youth across the state can access music education if they are interested in doing so.

HYS is the only statewide instrumental music education organization dedicated to serving youth ages 7-18 of any background. Our entire board and staff are committed to the vision of a Hawaii where Music Is A Right. HYS has operated continuously since its incorporation in 1964 and has a demonstrated track record of meeting/exceeding our goals.

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 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

Hawaii Youth Symphony Association
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Hawaii Youth Symphony Audited Financial Statements (FY22)
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

1.59

Average of 4.40 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.7

Average of 7.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18%

Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 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.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Hawaii Youth Symphony Association’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 $77,813 $13,893 $4,954 $309,850 $65,254
As % of expenses 8.2% 1.1% 0.4% 30.7% 5.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $67,225 $3,423 -$3,022 $284,780 $32,159
As % of expenses 7.0% 0.3% -0.2% 27.5% 2.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,187,748 $1,139,490 $1,355,308 $1,238,522 $1,843,126
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.9% -4.1% 18.9% -8.6% 48.8%
Program services revenue 34.0% 43.2% 36.4% 12.5% 15.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 5.4% 3.9% 3.1% 5.5% 9.0%
Government grants 8.3% 9.5% 18.4% 24.8% 31.7%
All other grants and contributions 49.0% 49.3% 44.4% 49.0% 42.9%
Other revenue 3.3% -5.9% -2.4% 8.2% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $949,504 $1,213,334 $1,294,254 $1,010,366 $1,274,891
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.4% 27.8% 6.7% -21.9% 26.2%
Personnel 56.2% 54.6% 54.8% 46.2% 45.0%
Professional fees 2.8% 3.4% 5.0% 23.6% 17.2%
Occupancy 5.1% 4.4% 3.6% 5.1% 4.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 35.9% 37.7% 36.6% 24.6% 33.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $960,092 $1,223,804 $1,302,230 $1,035,436 $1,307,986
One month of savings $79,125 $101,111 $107,855 $84,197 $106,241
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,039,217 $1,324,915 $1,410,085 $1,119,633 $1,414,227

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.6 5.0 3.4 7.4 5.7
Months of cash and investments 29.4 22.3 20.6 36.4 28.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.7 11.6 10.9 17.5 14.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $525,250 $510,482 $364,694 $623,458 $605,728
Investments $1,804,143 $1,745,750 $1,860,311 $2,444,198 $2,435,634
Receivables $22,990 $67,667 $168,739 $197,068 $31,858
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $318,121 $326,425 $304,799 $312,299 $284,407
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 81.2% 82.4% 83.6% 89.6% 89.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.7% 10.6% 6.7% 15.3% 12.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,222,900 $1,226,323 $1,223,301 $1,508,081 $1,540,240
Temporarily restricted net assets $338,713 $304,203 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $677,335 $679,335 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,016,048 $983,538 $1,068,882 $1,335,910 $1,250,152
Total net assets $2,238,948 $2,209,861 $2,292,183 $2,843,991 $2,790,392

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

President

Randy Wong

Hawaii-born and raised, Randy Wong is a distinctive voice within the arts administration and musical communities, and one of few Asian American executive directors out of hundreds of orchestras nationwide. Through his leadership of Hawaii Youth Symphony, Randy has advanced its vision to Make Music A Right, forging partnerships with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Boys & Girls Clubs, and National Orchestral Institute+Festival. Randy has served as Program Director for the Music-in-Education National Consortium and the faculty of New England Conservatory. Randy holds an Ed. M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Arts in Education) and a B.M. (Performance) from New England Conservatory. A bassist in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and an arranger, Randy has recorded/produced albums in jazz, popular, Hawaiian, and Exotica genres and has been profiled on NPR. He was a member of the League’s Emerging Leaders Program 2017 and Associate Editor of the Journal for Music-in-Education.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Hawaii Youth Symphony Association

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ms. Erica Mau-Schank

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Term: 2023 - 2027

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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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/06/2022

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.