Better Business Bureau Report for
Kentucky Shakespeare

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2020

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Kentucky Shakespeare
Address: 323 W. Broadway Suite 401
  Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-574-9900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1965, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Grounded in the works of William Shakespeare, Kentucky Shakespeare enriches the community through accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Kentucky Shakespeare meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Designated the Official Shakespeare Company of the Commonwealth by the Kentucky legislature, Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional theatre company and not-for-profit charitable organization. Founded in 1949, Kentucky Shakespeare currently serves more than 108,000 people annually through the free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, education programs in schools, public performances, and community outreach. Last season Kentucky Shakespeare toured in 83 counties, serving 69,000 students with interactive educational programming directly tied to academic standards, helping impact student achievement. Kentucky Shakespeare's many community programs explore conflict resolution, empathy building, and communication, in a range of settings, from preschools to senior centers.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017, Kentucky Shakespeare's program expenses were:

Productions 505,517
Education 344,549
Total Program Expenses: $850,066
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Chief Executive : Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director

Chair of the Board: Kerry Wang
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Humana

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 9

*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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $546,859, 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 Kentucky Shakespeare's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017.

Ending net assets as reported below include $130,483 in unrestricted net assets and $62,270 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $262,726 invested in property, land,and equipment.

Source of Funds  
Grants 345,676
Education programs 324,866
Contributions 174,149
Productions 135,349
Other income 25,535
Gifts in-kind 18,832
Special events, net 8,202
Total Income $1,032,609


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $1,032,609
Program expenses $850,066
Fund raising expenses 51,985
Administrative expenses 151,495
Total expenses $1,053,546
Expenses in Excess of Income (20,937)
Beginning net assets 213,690
Ending net assets 192,753
Total liabilities 214,404
Total assets $407,157

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