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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

ProPublica

Journalism in the public interest

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four stars

96.66

155 Avenue of the Americas 13th Floor
New York, NY 10013
tel: (212) 514-5250   Web Site
EIN: 14-2007220

Board Leadership
Paul Sagan
Chairman

CEO
Richard Tofel
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2007, ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. In the best traditions of American journalism in the public service, we seek to stimulate positive change. We uncover unsavory practices in order to stimulate reform. We do this in an entirely non-partisan and non-ideological manner, adhering to the strictest standards of journalistic impartiality.

Founded in 2007, ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. In the best traditions of American journalism in the public service, we seek to stimulate positive change. We uncover unsavory practices in order to stimulate reform. We do this in an entirely non-partisan and non-ideological manner, adhering to the strictest standards of journalistic impartiality.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ProPublica on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ProPublica on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ProPublica (NY) 96.66 four stars
The Nation Institute (NY) 89.39 three stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 96.15 four stars
GRIST (WA) 92.82 four stars
Commentary (NY) 86.00 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,765,153
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,765,153
   Program Service Revenue $340,000
Total Primary Revenue $14,105,153
   Other Revenue $440,368
TOTAL REVENUE $14,545,521
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,393,913
   Administrative Expenses $1,794,431
   Fundraising Expenses $578,537
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,766,881
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $778,640
   
Net Assets $12,045,267

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Investigative Journalism $11,393,913 100.0%

Ratings History
ProPublica has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 96.66 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2014-12 02/01/2017 96.36 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 14-2007220
Name in IRS Master File PRO PUBLICA INC
NTEE Code A20
NTEE Classification Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 2008
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$385,630 2.80% Richard Tofel President And Co-Executive
Other Salaries of Note
$378,061 2.74% Stephen Engelberg Editor-In-Chief & Co-Executive Director
$198,560 1.44% Paul E. Steiger Executive Chairman

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ProPublica (NY) 96.66 four stars
The Nation Institute (NY) 89.39 three stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 93.91 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 96.15 four stars
GRIST (WA) 92.82 four stars

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ProPublica
155 Avenue of the Americas
13th Floor
New York, NY 10013
tel: (212) 514-5250
fax: (212) 785-2634
EIN: 14-2007220

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Board Leadership

Paul Sagan
Chairman

CEO

Richard Tofel
President

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