Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

WKNO

Public broadcasting for the Mid-South

three stars

88.44

7151 Cherry Farms Road Cordova, TN 38016
tel: (901) 458-2521   Web Site
EIN: 62-0525567

Board Leadership
Rick Schultz
Board Chairman

CEO
Michael LaBonia
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.44 three stars
  Financial 85.75 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In its unique role as the independent, not-for-profit, community-owned broadcasting voice in the Mid-South, WKNO is dedicated to quality radio and television programming in order to illuminate, inform, entertain, and educate the people of the Mid-South community. WKNO is committed to respond to the needs of the community, reflect community talents and resources, and represent Memphis and the Mid-South to itself, the region and the nation.

In its unique role as the independent, not-for-profit, community-owned broadcasting voice in the Mid-South, WKNO is dedicated to quality radio and television programming in order to illuminate, inform, entertain, and educate the people of the Mid-South community. WKNO is committed to respond to the needs of the community, reflect community talents and resources, and represent Memphis and the Mid-South to itself, the region and the nation.

Financial

three stars

85.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.71
  Program Expenses Growth -2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WKNO on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WKNO on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WKNO (TN) 88.44 three stars
WYEP (PA) 93.49 four stars
Chicago Public Media (IL) 92.66 four stars
Texas Public Radio (TX) 95.04 four stars
High Plains Public Radio (KS) 86.22 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,665,318
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,401,127
Total Contributions $4,066,445
   Program Service Revenue $165,595
Total Primary Revenue $4,232,040
   Other Revenue $673,373
TOTAL REVENUE $4,905,413
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,010,563
   Administrative Expenses $685,753
   Fundraising Expenses $907,073
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,603,389
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-697,976
   
Net Assets $10,820,637

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
Television Broadcasting $2,594,393 64.7%
FM Radio $1,416,170 35.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 08/01/2017 88.44 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 86.81 three stars
2013-06 04/01/2014 84.84 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 62-0525567
Name in IRS Master File MID-SOUTH PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A30
NTEE Classification Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 September, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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).

We invite you to share your opinions, thoughts, experiences, and stories about this charity here to help inform the decisions of other donors.  
Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs.
 
This tool is not for questions about Charity Navigator, such as how we derived this charity’s rating. We will happily answer those questions if you contact us directly. Likewise, if you have questions for this charity, then we encourage you to contact the charity directly (we include the charity’s contact information in the upper left-hand corner of this page) since few charities regularly monitor this commenting tool.

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$166,752 2.97% Michael LaBonia President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WKNO (TN) 88.44 three stars
WBGO (NJ) 86.61 three stars
KQED (CA) 88.35 three stars
Colorado Public Radio (CO) 94.07 four stars
WFAE (NC) 86.20 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

WKNO
7151 Cherry Farms Road
Cordova, TN 38016
tel: (901) 458-2521
EIN: 62-0525567

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Rick Schultz
Board Chairman

CEO

Michael LaBonia
President & CEO

[ X ]

Did You Know We Are a Charity, Too?

If even a third of the 7 million people who visited our site last year had donated a dollar to Charity Navigator, we would comfortably meet our annual budget and be able to do what so many of you ask us to do every day--rate more charities!

With the support of users like you, we are currently investing in staff and technology. This will allow us to improve the search and organizational features of our site, making it easier to find the information that matters most to you. We will also continue to enhance our evaluation system and metrics.

So, whether you're a first time visitor or a long time user, we ask for your help in achieving our goal. Your gift of any size is most deeply appreciated! Thank You!

With the support of users like you, we are making it easier to find the info that matters most. Thank you!

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.

Help Center