The Circus Project

The Circus Project

Portland, OR 97209
Tax ID61-1557140

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About this organization






To use circus arts as a catalyst for individual and collective transformation.


Circus education. Our education programs support circus artists from many walks of life. We provide a space and curriculum where every student can show up as their authentic self and learn how to train with the discipline, safety, and creative presence of a professional circus artist. We do this through tuition-based classes and intensive training programs open to youth and adults from the general public, and through our pathways program, which increases access to the arts for students who wouldn't otherwise have these learning opportunities. Our programs are made accessible with a robust scholarship fund and an on-staff social worker to work with students and families to remove financial, logistical, and cultural barriers to participation. Total enrollment in our studio classes, training programs, and workshops grew from 2,309 in 2016 to 5,670 in 2018.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The filing clearly states the mission of the non-profit as “The circus project offers circus arts education and performances that invite people with a variety of life experiences to grow as artists, individuals, and community members.”.

When outlining its functions, they were explained as: “To use circus arts as a catalyst for individual and collective transformation.”.

  • In compliance with legal regulations, the non-profit has reported their state of operation as OR.
  • The filing records the non-profit's address for 2020 as 1420 NW 17TH AVE NO 388, PORTLAND, OR, 97209.
  • As of 2020, the non-profit's form reports a total of 60 employees.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are between $500,000 and $1,000,000+.
  • Revenue is between $500,000 and $1,000,000+.
  • Revenue less expenses is -$9,531.
  • The organization has 4 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2008.
  • The organization pays $520,524 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $67,627 in fundraising expenses.

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