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EIN: 47-4923322


Arts South Dakota, a non-partisan and non-profit service organization, advances the arts for South Dakotans and our visitors by connecting, advocating, and educating.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jim Speirs

Main address

PO Box 2496

Sioux Falls, SD 57101 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Population served info

Children and youth





NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

South Dakota contains a unique and vibrant group of arts communities. However, these groups are separated by distance, culture, and other challenges. There is also a continual struggle to fund and support arts and arts education. Arts South Dakota works to connect and support these arts organizations, as well as engage in advocacy with their collective voice.

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?

Arts Education Institute

Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council ,and Northern State University sponsor the annual Arts Education Institute, providing quality professional development in the arts and arts in education for South Dakota teachers Pre-K-12. The Institute provides hands-on arts workshops for teachers and administrators and instruction on how to incorporate into their classroom.

Population(s) Served

The state arts conference is held every two to three years at different locations across South Dakota. Workshops, panel discussions, plenary sessions focus on key areas such as racial equity, arts education, fundraising, local arts councils, grant-writing, and marketing/social media. National arts leaders are invited to attend and provide keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Population(s) Served

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is held biennially, alternating years with the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This day serves to heighten awareness and appreciation of the arts for our legislators and other decision-makers.

Population(s) Served

The Governor’s Awards are sponsored biennially by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Awards recognize South Dakota’s finest artists and supporters of the arts. They are given for: Distinction in Creative Achievement; Outstanding Support of the Arts by and Individual; Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Business or Organization; and Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. Recipients are honored at a prestigious banquet attended by artists, arts patrons and government officials.

Population(s) Served

Organizational members and individual donors of Arts South Dakota are kept informed of opportunities and issues through our newsletter, ARTS ALIVE, which includes information on artists, local arts organizations, and the South Dakota Arts Council. Members also receive weekly updates and alerts on education, advocacy issues, events and programs through our weekly arts events emails sent every Monday afternoon.

Population(s) Served

Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council continue to co-sponsor a public awareness campaign emphasizing the value of the arts to individuals, communities and our state. The Executive Director of Arts South Dakota is a registered lobbyist with the Secretary of State and informs Legislators and Executive branch officials on arts issues.

Population(s) Served

Arts leaders across South Dakota are often isolated from each other and from opportunities for professional development. To help fill these needs, the Arts Leadership Institute provides a flagship program of a two-day, in-depth, training opportunity each year, along with a series of webinars, resources, and tools throughout the year for arts organization and community leaders.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

South Dakota, as a state and a people, encourages the development of artistic talent and appreciation in all individuals and values the worth of creative expression to the quality of life of all who live in and visit the State and to the economic, social and educational growth of its communities.
South Dakotans have opportunities to participate in the arts in their own communities and to experience the work of professional artists in their communities or regions.

All South Dakota children have the opportunity to experience and participate in art forms that enhance life-long learning by expanding curiosity, creativity, team-building skills and self- worth.

Arts South Dakota’s programming consists of several collaborative initiatives including the annual Arts Education Institute, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, statewide arts conference, community network of arts organizations, publication of the state-wide arts magazine “Arts Alive,” correctional department arts program “ArtsCorr,” a national youth poetry competition “Poetry Out Loud,” and an Arts Initiative at the State Veterans Home. Arts South Dakota also maintains a website for dynamic communications of arts activities and announcements throughout South Dakota.

Arts South Dakota has three primary areas of focus:

1. Service to community arts councils, art organizations, and artists
2. Leadership and support of arts education
3. South Dakota's advocate for the arts on a statewide, community, and national level

In order to accomplish our mission, we work to connect the many vibrant arts communities across the state with each other, with their state and local governments, and within their communities. Through actives such as a a statewide arts magazine, arts events calendar, conferences, webinars, arts educator institutes, gatherings, and amplifying the collective voice of the arts community at the state and national capitals. We also work to ensure that the arts are accessible and equitable by helping to bridge rural and urban areas, as well as across cultures.

Arts South Dakota’s capabilities consist of a dynamic Board of Directors from across the state. Members include a diverse group of arts leaders, advocates, and administrators. It is Arts South Dakota’s goal to have diversity in areas of gender, race, arts, business, political affiliation, and geographic location among its board of directors. We also have a nimble and capable staff spread across the state, who collectively have decades of experience in arts and support organizations. Our other capabilities are the artists and organizations we serve–bringing them together to help each other solve problems and collaborate with their stores of knowledge and experience.

Arts South Dakota also works closely on a variety of programs with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state arts agency. This strong public / private partnership with the state arts council provides the strength and unified vision to lead our creative community in South Dakota.

As a young organization, we have successfully launched a number of important programs and expanded our capabilities quickly, expanding Arts South Dakota’s reach across the state, and across our constituent groups. 

To increase capacity for the future, in 2018 Arts South Dakota hired a third full-time employee, with the position of Community Development Director. The first major goal is to interface more with the Community Arts Councils, bringing them together as a group more often, helping with educational opportunities, and engaging them in advocacy training.

We also plan to increase our communication channels by more directly targeting our messages to the constituencies, targeting city, state, and national leaders differently than the messages we send to our member organizations, artists, and community arts council constituents.

Arts South Dakota continues to analyze all of our programs and messaging, and to work closely with our state partner, the South Dakota Arts Council, to improve our products and services.

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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.29 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.5 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ARTS SOUTH DAKOTA’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $59,856 $34,645 $141,727 -$35,274 $6,199
As % of expenses 15.7% 9.3% 23.1% -5.4% 1.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $59,856 $34,645 $141,727 -$35,274 $6,199
As % of expenses 15.7% 9.3% 23.1% -5.4% 1.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $441,680 $405,440 $755,784 $620,497 $510,088
Total revenue, % change over prior year 16.4% -8.2% 86.4% -17.9% -17.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 62.4% 63.3% 42.8% 70.3% 60.0%
All other grants and contributions 37.6% 36.7% 57.2% 29.7% 40.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $381,824 $370,795 $614,057 $655,771 $505,389
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.3% -2.9% 65.6% 6.8% -22.9%
Personnel 44.3% 48.0% 33.6% 37.6% 52.3%
Professional fees 35.4% 27.8% 52.0% 43.0% 30.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 20.3% 24.1% 14.4% 19.3% 16.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $381,824 $370,795 $614,057 $655,771 $505,389
One month of savings $31,819 $30,900 $51,171 $54,648 $42,116
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $413,643 $401,695 $665,228 $710,419 $547,505

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.4 7.0 5.3 4.9 7.2
Months of cash and investments 1.4 7.0 5.3 4.9 7.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.3 5.5 6.1 5.1 6.7
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $43,371 $214,815 $268,928 $265,563 $304,928
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $476,800 $719,150 $689,300 $438,400 $503,650
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) 73.8% 81.7% 67.4% 60.6% 65.0%
Unrestricted net assets $136,075 $170,720 $312,447 $277,173 $283,372
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $136,075 $170,720 $312,447 $277,173 $283,372

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jim Speirs

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Stacy Braun

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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? 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 4/26/2021

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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