While putting together some updates for the upcoming Compensation Report in June, I ran across some orchestras which did not have their 2004-2005 IRS Form 990’s posted at GuideStar…
Nevertheless, I was able to locate some of the wayward forms directly on the respective orchestra’s website. For example, I found the 990 I needed from the Pittsburgh Symphony right on their “Public Disclosure Documents” page. No need for me to call or send an email to anyone at the PSO, it was all right there for the download and easy to find.
Even though the number of orchestras who post recent financial disclosure material (annual reports, 990’s etc.) is still a distinct minority, there are more then four times the number do now as compared to three years ago. In fact, the Pittsburgh example demonstrates that an organization can have the information posted before GuideStar obtains the documents from the IRS. Furthermore, orchestras can even send .pdf copies of their 990’s directly to GuideStar at the same time they submit it to the IRS (and you can earn major brownie points by adding my email address to the cc list on that message).
Ideally, anyone would be able to view and download every professional orchestra’s IRS Form 990 and Annual Report directly from an orchestra’s website. One distinct benefit of hosting the files on your own website is you can post copies from as many previous years as you like, unlike GuideStar who limits free registration users to only the few most recent years worth of documentation.
In fact, there’s nothing really stopping any organization from doing so and to that end, I’m offering my services free of charge to any orchestra who would like to make their 990’s available to the public but does not have the capability of scanning and saving files in pdf format. Furthermore, if you don’t have the ability to host the files on your website, I will host them at Adaptistration for you and provide a link you can use to post on your orchestra’s website which will allow visitors to download the document directly to their computer. For some of the smaller budget professional orchestras out there, this could be a real benefit so don’t hesitate to send me an email message or call.