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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Moving Picture Institute

Promoting freedom through film

four stars

93.98

375 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013
tel: (646) 926-0674   Web Site
EIN: 20-3237801

Board Leadership
David Thayer
Chairman

CEO
Robert Pfaltzgraff
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.98 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Moving Picture Institute believes that film, more effectively than any other medium, can bring the idea of freedom to life. In keeping with that belief, we are working to ensure that film becomes a center of genuinely democratic art in the coming years. Our goal is to guarantee that film's unique capacity to give shape to abstract principles-to make them move and breathe-is used to support and promote liberty. Toward that end, we fund films from development through post-production, support up-and-coming filmmakers, and serve as a high-level intern placement service.

The Moving Picture Institute believes that film, more effectively than any other medium, can bring the idea of freedom to life. In keeping with that belief, we are working to ensure that film becomes a center of genuinely democratic art in the coming years. Our goal is to guarantee that film's unique capacity to give shape to abstract principles-to make them move and breathe-is used to support and promote liberty. Toward that end, we fund films from development through post-production, support up-and-coming filmmakers, and serve as a high-level intern placement service.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Total number of video views across various internet platforms.
68,000,000
Total number of students reached with MPI's classroom materials.
149,000
Total number of filmmakers supported.
327
This impact information is current as of October 2019, 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

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
93.1%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth 48.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Moving Picture Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Moving Picture Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 93.98 four stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 92.04 four stars
National Review Institute (NY) 92.21 four stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 93.91 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,592,193
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,592,193
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,592,193
   Other Revenue $5,597
TOTAL REVENUE $5,597,790
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,985,661
   Administrative Expenses $306,102
   Fundraising Expenses $117,858
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,409,621
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,811,831
   
Net Assets $1,503,717

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
Productions $5,659,170 81.0%
Rising Filmmakers Program $729,924 10.4%
We the Internet TV $596,567 8.5%

Ratings History
Moving Picture Institute has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 08/01/2019 93.98 four stars
2017-12 09/01/2018 97.87 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 97.17 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 97.17 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.17 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 92.15 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 95.20 four stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 89.37 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 86.54 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 84.42 three 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 20-3237801
Name in IRS Master File MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code A12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
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 January, 2006
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,987 2.92% Robert Pfaltzgraff President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 93.98 four stars
Type Media Center (NY) 91.74 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 92.04 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Moving Picture Institute
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
tel: (646) 926-0674
EIN: 20-3237801

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Board Leadership

David Thayer
Chairman

CEO

Robert Pfaltzgraff
President

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