Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Independent Media Institute

Empowering people with independent journalism, information, and media tools

one star

60.48

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 60.48 one star
  Financial 73.12 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 51.00 zero star
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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 August 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

two stars

73.12

Accountability & Transparency

zero star

51.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.0%
  Administrative Expenses 19.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.33
  Program Expenses Growth -6.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 48.8%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $361,991
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $361,991
   Program Service Revenue $185,165
Total Primary Revenue $547,156
   Other Revenue $778,411
TOTAL REVENUE $1,325,567
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,011,253
   Administrative Expenses $480,398
   Fundraising Expenses $71,992
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,563,643
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-238,076
   
Net Assets $624,207

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,135 8.51% Jan Frel Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$140,076 8.95% Don Hazen Former Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Independent Media Institute (NY) 60.48 one star
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 94.68 four stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.43 three stars
National Review Institute (NY) 92.21 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