Justice Arts Coalition Inc

Takoma Park, MD   |

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Justice Arts Coalition Inc

EIN: 84-2354002


Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, artists who are or have been incarcerated and their allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice.

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Founder/Executive Director

Wendy Jason

Main address

PO Box 11065

Takoma Park, MD 20913 USA

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Subject area info

Artists' services

Visual arts

Performing arts

Literature and writing

Archives and special collections

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Population served info


Low-income people

Incarcerated people

Victims of crime and abuse

Artists and performers

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NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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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?

The pARTner Project

The pARTner project provides artists on the outside, ages 18 and over, with an opportunity to foster connection with artists in prison through written correspondence and the exchange of creative works. Unlike typical penpal programs, the pARTner project’s focus on the arts provides an immediate point of connection — a common ground shared by all who have felt the power of creative expression in shaping who we are, how we see the world around us, and how we see ourselves. For those participating in the pARTner project, art and creativity become the catalyst for mutual support, encouragement, and inspiration.
An orientation is REQUIRED for all pARTners before beginning correspondence. A JAC team member will orient you on the pARTner project, provide details, and answer any questions you might have. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Artists and performers

CorrespondARTS is a multidisciplinary, distance learning arts program, which launched at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in November, 2020. Through CorrespondARTS, participants receive themed packets of prompts and activities in creative writing, poetry, theatre, and visual art every two weeks. Participants send their responses to the prompts and activities in the packets back to the CorrespondARTS team for feedback and reflections. The program and now serves over 85 participants at Howard County Detention Center.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

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.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Justice Arts Coalition Inc
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 71.74 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.9 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 4% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Justice Arts Coalition Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Justice Arts Coalition Inc

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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Justice Arts Coalition Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Justice Arts Coalition 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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $525,302
As % of expenses 261.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $524,898
As % of expenses 260.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $626,335
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 3.3%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.7%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $201,058
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 40.8%
Professional fees 44.4%
Occupancy 1.1%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.9%
All other expenses 12.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $201,462
One month of savings $16,755
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $2,026
Total full costs (estimated) $220,243

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 33.8
Months of cash and investments 33.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 33.5
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $565,585
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,518
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 12.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $564,732
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $564,732

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

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Founder/Executive Director

Wendy Jason

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Justice Arts Coalition Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Justice Arts Coalition Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2023
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Board chair

Johnsenia Brooks

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2023

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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