aka AHS   |   Bellingham, MA   |
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EIN: 13-6131860


The mission of the American Harp Society, Inc. is to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists.

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Executive Director

Kathryn McManus

Main address

PO Box 260

Bellingham, MA 02019-0260 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

(Music) (A68)

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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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?

National Conference

Every summer the American Harp Society hosts national gatherings. The National Conference, held in even-numbered years, features concerts by brilliant artists from around the world, workshops on wide-ranging topics, master classes with world-class teachers, and scholarly lectures to feed the intellectual soul, as well as an exhibit hall with a dizzying array of harps and related items.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Summer Institute, held in odd-numbered years, focuses on the student harpist with workshops, master classes, and concerts by the best performers and pedagogues in the world. The Summer Institute is held in conjunction with AHS National Competition, where dazzling young harpists compete for awards and scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Held every odd year (2015, 2017, etc.) in conjunction with the Summer Institute, the National Competition offers a total of over $30,000 in prize money. There are six winners in each of the five divisions:

Junior (12 & under)
Intermediate I (15 & under)
Intermediate II (18 & under)
Advanced (21 & under)
*Young Professional Divisions (30 & under).

* The 1st Prize Winner of the Young Professional Division serves as the AHS Concert Artist until the next competition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 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

  • 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, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $166,270
Program Services $167,149
Membership Dues $166,270
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $34,125
Total Revenue $351,821
Program Services $0
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $0


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $0
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $0


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

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Executive Director

Kathryn McManus

Kathryn McManus enjoyed a 25-year career as a professional harpist including the principal chair of a major regional orchestra, university and private studio teaching experience, and the development of an adult beginner harp curriculum. After twelve years on stage as principal harpist at The Florida Orchestra, Kathryn McManus moved on to lead the Orchestra as executive director for nine more years. In that role she brought the organization from near bankruptcy to solvency in the ranks of the nation’s finest orchestras. Senior leadership roles at several premier Florida non-profit organizations followed. In March, 2015, Kathryn was named executive director of the American Harp Society, blending her musical and nonprofit careers together. Ms. McManus holds degrees in harp performance summa cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music & Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH and the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC.

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Board of directors
as of 07/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Kela Walton

Lynne Aspnes

Director at Large

Jennifer Ellis

Pacific Regional Director

Mary Ann Flinn

Secretary; Southeastern Regional Director

Joan Holland

Midcentral Regional Director

Chilali Hugo

Western Regional Director

Karen Lindquist

Director at Large

Charles Lynch

Director at Large

Felice Pomeranz

Northeastern Regional Director

Angela Schwarzkopt


Susan Spiwak

Director at Large

Anne Sullivan

Midatlantic Regional Director

Kela Walton

Chairman of the Board

Joan Holland

Mid Central Regional Director

Jeremy Chesman

Treasurer, North Central Regional Director

Rosanna Chiu

Director at Large

Karen Gottlieb

Director at Large

Rebecca Todaro

Southern Regional Director

Elisa Torres

Director at Large

Steve Moss

Director at Large

Amelia Romano

Director at Large

Rebecca Yuille

Director at Large

Hope Cowan

South Central Regional Director

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/26/2023

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2021

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

  • 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 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.