Mission: KERA 13 and KERA 90.1 are the public radio and television stations for North Texas, touching the lives of 2.5 million people every week via television, radio and the ... (More)

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1986, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.kera.org/

  3000 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas TX 75201  

  214-871-1390


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Good

This charity's score is 89.62, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

61.9%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

18.6%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

19.3%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

17.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.17


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.87 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

4.18%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Mary A. Alhadeff, President & CEO

$542,758 (2.08% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Radio or television broadcasting (BMF activity code: 121)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Received

  • Broadcast production, programming and community engagement


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Approximately 96% of KERA’s funding comes from donations, grants and underwriting. The COVID pandemic dramatically impacted all these sources of funding. KERA holds several donor events through the year. These events were either canceled or moved online, contributing to a 40% reduction in the number of attendees. It takes 1+ year to cultivate potential donors, the reduction in the number of attendees is projected to impact future revenue streams. Foundations were also precluded from holding fundraising events, impacting KERA’s grant funding. The pandemic also caused KERA TV to cease local production of on-air fundraising campaigns and In-person, on-air fundraising was also disrupted on KERA FM and KXT. Additionally, KERA lost the ability to use volunteers, hold events, raffle a car and offer tickets as premiums—all of which help contribute to successful fundraising. Finally, in the first year of COVID, KERA’s Underwriting team lost over 100 accounts and $1.5 million worth of orders.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

When government orders left young students and families at home, KERA partnered with Dallas ISD to provide daytime, at-home learning programs for grades K-12. This special programming replaced all pre-COVID programming from 8am-6pm for several months. KERA also dramatically altered its radio programming to serve the needs of our audience during the pandemic by airing special coverage from NPR, BBC and more. This frequently superseded regular programming and on-air fundraising campaigns. In addition to broadcasting, a big part of KERA’s mission is to provide services and resources to educators, students, and parents — often through in-person community events. Many of these events were canceled because of the pandemic. KERA’s music station KXT also had to cancel its robust calendar of live music events across North Texas. KERA’s Arts team also canceled its ongoing speaker series, and daily calendar feature on KERA FM.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Like so many in March 2020, KERA’s team pivoted to remote work, in order to prioritize the health and safety of its employees, volunteers, vendors and more. Since then, KERA has been functioning under a remote/work hybrid format, with just a small team working on-site from the building regularly. This means many producers and hosts had to quickly learn how to record and broadcast radio and TV programming from home. KERA also adapted its programming to meet the needs of audiences in the moment including special coverage on KERA FM and KERA TV and curriculum-based programming on KERA TV for students learning from home. And with community events off the table, KERA’s Arts & Music teams shifted its events from in-person to virtual, including a conversation series with local artists, in-studio performances and more.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Moving forward, KERA will continue to offer its team members the opportunity to work remotely, in-person or a hybrid format of the two, as their job function allows. KERA believes this Remote Work Policy will provide its employees with important work/life flexibility.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 89.62
11/1/20192018 89.25
12/1/20182017 89.44
2/1/20182016 88.50
12/1/20162015 89.07
6/1/20162014 88.26
Rating Version: 2.0
10/1/20152014 91.66
2/1/20152013 83.75
12/1/20132012 87.11
10/1/20122011 89.45
3/1/20122010 91.68
11/1/20112010 90.90

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

9/20/20112009 86.80
Rating Version: 1.0
9/1/20102009 82.05
10/1/20092008 74.69
9/1/20072006 82.58
10/1/20062005 77.84
11/1/20052004 60.75
10/1/20042003 55.87
10/1/20032002 69.30
2/5/20032001 69.08
10/15/20022000 69.33

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$8,722,972

Spent in most recent FY

55%

Percent of program expenses


Public Radio Station


$6,016,118

Spent in most recent FY

38%

Percent of program expenses


Public Television Station


$1,029,146

Spent in most recent FY

6%

Percent of program expenses


Educational Resource Center


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


KERA’s mission is to serve North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources that educate, engage, inspire, inform, and entertain.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


A connected community where everyone has access to fact-based news, information and entertainment.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Position KERA as a content leader — locally, regionally and nationally.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Build digital and broadcast infrastructure for a new media environment.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Capture the attention and loyalty of the changing North Texas community through audience-focused engagement.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

KERA augmented the core benefits and services it offers its team members by entering into a service agreement with Insperity. Through Insperity’s online portal, staff have access to over 100,000 learning assets, including professional and educational courses, certifications and training videos. Additionally, Insperity provides an annual stipend of $500 per employee for training and development and a $1,500 educational stipend toward a degree program. KERA hired a Director of Talent Recruitment & Retention to build KERA’s pipeline of talent and create opportunities for professional development and growth. KERA worked with local partners to provide several professional development opportunities rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion for both managers and staff. Topics have included change management, inclusive leadership, emotional intelligence and more. KERA provided all of staff the opportunities to attend virtual conferences in the past year, including to NETA, PMDMC and more.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

KERA is furthering its mission externally through forming strategic partnerships across the North Texas region, including with the Dallas Morning News. Under the Arts Journalism Alliance, KERA and the DMN are working to expand arts journalism in our region through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion—a goal in line with both organizations’ missions. KERA has partnered with The Fort Worth Report, to expand much-needed local news coverage in the Tarrant County area. Additionally, KERA is sharing its story, lessons and insights, including at industry conferences and publications. KERA frequently works with the public media industry outlet, Current, to share news of the organization. KERA is a proud member of Public Media For All, a diverse coalition of public media workers, raising awareness of the negative effects of a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in public media. In 2021, KERA helped lead a webinar with PMDA about its experiences in the DEI movement in public media.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In the past year, KERA had to change and evolve its programming to meet the needs of exceptional breaking news, including ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, unprecedented and deadly winter storms, primary elections, the invasion of Ukraine and more. To meet audiences in the moment, KERA made many adaptions to its services including altering previously scheduled programming to prioritize special coverage; reformatting a daily e-newsletter to deliver in-the-moment news; launching a Government Accountability team to cover public policy and governing, and hold elected leaders accountable; and providing special TV and FM programs that go beyond headlines. Additionally, in order to be in-the-moment with a breaking news cycle, KERA has shortened its fundraising campaign footprints and launched alternative fundraising opportunities that shorten the listener/viewer’s time away from essential programming. KERA’s audience is also changing and growing, and to meet their needs, KERA’s Arts & Music teams are evolving. This has included launching a partnership with The Dallas Morning News to deepen North Texas arts reporting through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion; and adapting the format of KXT 91.7 FM to play more new and local music, as informed by an extensive audience research study. KERA is also adapting to meet the external needs of our growing community by building internal infrastructure that sets up KERA to serve North Texas for years to come. In 2021-2022, this has included a reorganization of our internal teams; the expansion of our Development division in order to better serve our members; growing our team; and to give the organization capacity to grow in the future.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Nico Leone

President & CEO

LaMonte Thomas

Chair

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 12 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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