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Independent Media Institute

Empowering people with independent journalism, information, and media tools

two stars

74.59

18 West 21st Street Suite 901
New York, NY 10010
tel: (212) 627-9585   Web Site
EIN: 52-1309876

Board Leadership
Christine Triano
President

CEO
Jan Frel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.59 two stars
  Financial 88.41 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 66.00 one star
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Independent Media Institute (IMI) has educated the public through a diverse array of independent media projects and programs for more than three decades. We work with journalists and media outlets to shine a spotlight on stories that are vital to the public interest, using multiple media formats and distribution channels.
In 1998, IMI founded AlterNet, an award-winning news website that published original reporting by independent investigative journalists, syndicated a broad range of partner publications and reached diverse audiences.
In early 2018, IMI transferred AlterNet to new ownership and re-focused on creating and distributing original, thoughtful explorations of social justice and public interest issues. A selection of our current content continues to publish on AlterNet, in partnership with the new owners. Through both its own reporting and via programs and partnerships with other organizations, IMI continues its pursuit of excellence and social impact in media.

The Independent Media Institute (IMI) has educated the public through a diverse array of independent media projects and programs for more than three decades. We work with journalists and media outlets to shine a spotlight on stories that are vital to the public interest, using multiple media formats and distribution channels.
In 1998, IMI founded AlterNet, an award-winning news website that published original reporting by independent investigative journalists, syndicated a broad range of partner publications and reached diverse audiences.
In early 2018, IMI transferred AlterNet to new ownership and re-focused on creating and distributing original, thoughtful explorations of social justice and public interest issues. A selection of our current content continues to publish on AlterNet, in partnership with the new owners. Through both its own reporting and via programs and partnerships with other organizations, IMI continues its pursuit of excellence and social impact in media.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing
10,400
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

88.41

Accountability & Transparency

one star

66.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.43
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Independent Media Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Independent Media Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Independent Media Institute (NY) 74.59 two stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 92.04 four stars
Resource Media (CA) 87.20 three stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 96.66 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,036,921
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,036,921
   Program Service Revenue $1,038,719
Total Primary Revenue $2,075,640
   Other Revenue $19,629
TOTAL REVENUE $2,095,269
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,513,602
   Administrative Expenses $312,372
   Fundraising Expenses $95,694
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,921,668
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $173,601
   
Net Assets $862,283

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
AlterNet $1,513,602 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 74.59 two stars
2016-12 11/01/2018 77.38 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 72.68 two stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 78.53 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 75.09 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 70.16 two stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 72.92 two stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 79.23 two stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 78.19 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 77.21 two stars
2009-12 10/01/2011 76.33 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.83 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 84.88 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 83.41 three stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 75.59 two stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 73.61 two stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 75.67 two 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 52-1309876
Name in IRS Master File INDEPENDENT MEDIA INSTITUTE
NTEE Code A33
NTEE Classification Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 November, 1983
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$195,232 10.15% Don Hazen Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Independent Media Institute (NY) 74.59 two stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 93.98 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars
National Review Institute (NY) 92.21 four stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 92.04 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Independent Media Institute
18 West 21st Street
Suite 901
New York, NY 10010
tel: (212) 627-9585
EIN: 52-1309876

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Board Leadership

Christine Triano
President

CEO

Jan Frel
Executive Director

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