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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

ProPublica

Journalism in the public interest

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 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
85.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.98
  Program Expenses Growth 8.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.4%
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
Milkweed Editions (MN) 89.52 three stars
Next City Inc. (PA) 89.04 three stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.41 three stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 97.17 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,882,164
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,882,164
   Program Service Revenue $60,000
Total Primary Revenue $16,942,164
   Other Revenue $104,766
TOTAL REVENUE $17,046,930
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,716,533
   Administrative Expenses $1,279,495
   Fundraising Expenses $465,121
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,461,149
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,585,781
   
Net Assets $11,266,627

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 $10,716,533 100.0%

Ratings History
ProPublica has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$385,186 3.09% Richard Tofel President and Co-Executive Chairman
Other Salaries of Note
$381,030 3.05% Stephen Engelberg Editor-In-Chief & Co-Executive Director
$200,482 1.60% Paul E. Steiger Executive Chairman

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ProPublica (NY) 96.66 four stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 97.17 four stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.41 three stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 93.00 four stars
Next City Inc. (PA) 89.04 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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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