Better Business Bureau Report for
The Cleveland Play House

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2012

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: The Cleveland Play House
Address: 8500 Euclid Avenue
  Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-795-7000
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1925, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "The mission of the Cleveland Play House is to produce plays of the highest professional standards that inspire, stimulate and entertain our diverse audiences, and to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those we serve and help to ensure the future of theater."

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Cleveland Play House (CPH) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

CPH does not meet this Standard because its audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007:

  • Reports the organization had no fund raising expenses.
The Cleveland Play House (CPH) meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs of The Cleveland Play House include: Production of a wide-ranging repertoire of plays with relevance to the community. Development of important new work for the American theater. Educational programs for all age groups. Sharing of its facilities with other community arts organizations.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, CPH's program expenses were:

Programs 6,149,015
Total Program Expenses: $6,149,015
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Chief Executive : Kevin Moore, Managing Director

Chair of the Board: Peter A. Kuhn
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President/CEO, Parkland Management

Board Size: 64

Paid Staff Size: 327

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,032,362, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on CPH's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

Source of Funds  
Theater income 3,407,077
Contributions 3,032,362
Rental income 665,207
Net gain on sale of investments 631,012
Unrealized gain on investments 602,809
Investment income 193,638
Gain on sale of land 28,277
Change in value of split-interest agreements -18
Total Income $8,560,364


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%    Administrative: 18%  Other Expenses: 5%

Total income $8,560,364
Program expenses $6,149,015
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 1,420,902
Other Expenses 426,201
Total expenses $7,996,118
Income in Excess of Expenses 564,246
Beginning net assets 15,198,415
Other Changes in Net Assets (850,473)
Ending net assets 14,912,188
Total liabilities 6,258,852
Total assets $21,171,040

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