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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

eTown

Music ~ Ideas ~ Community

three stars

88.49

1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302
tel: (303) 443-8696   Web Site
EIN: 84-1186181

Board Leadership
Mark Bouzek
Chair

CEO
Nick Forster
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.49 three stars
  Financial 88.02 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

eTown is a weekly radio show featuring performances by top musical artists and conversations and information about the world around us. Now in it's 24th year, eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.
Each week, the show honors an eCheivement award winner nominated by our listeners. These individuals are champions of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, making a difference in their community.
The show is taped in front of a live audience at eTown Hall, the greenest music, media and community center in Colorado. eTown can be heard on NPR, public and commercial stations nationwide.

eTown is a weekly radio show featuring performances by top musical artists and conversations and information about the world around us. Now in it's 24th year, eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.
Each week, the show honors an eCheivement award winner nominated by our listeners. These individuals are champions of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, making a difference in their community.
The show is taped in front of a live audience at eTown Hall, the greenest music, media and community center in Colorado. eTown can be heard on NPR, public and commercial stations nationwide.

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Financial

three stars

88.02

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.12
  Program Expenses Growth -1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by eTown on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by eTown on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
eTown (CO) 88.49 three stars
Radio Milwaukee (WI) 87.30 three stars
KCRW Foundation (CA) 90.18 four stars
East Tennessee PBS (TN) 90.71 four stars
New York Public Radio (NY) 92.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,062,152
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $165,323
Total Contributions $1,227,475
   Program Service Revenue $557,480
Total Primary Revenue $1,784,955
   Other Revenue $296,407
TOTAL REVENUE $2,081,362
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,834,017
   Administrative Expenses $342,665
   Fundraising Expenses $88,776
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,265,458
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-184,096
   
Net Assets $5,170,522

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
Radio Program $1,834,017 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.49 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 89.98 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 91.22 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.02 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 12/22/2015 95.87 four stars
2013-12 11/01/2015 88.97 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 88.97 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 92.14 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 84-1186181
Name in IRS Master File E TOWN
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 March, 1993
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$113,726 5.02% Nicholas Forster Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$94,500 4.17% Helen Forster Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
eTown (CO) 88.49 three stars
WBGO (NJ) 85.32 three stars
KOCE-TV Foundation/PBS SoCal (CA) 93.42 four stars
WVIA Public Media (PA) 90.37 four stars
Nashville Public Television (TN) 87.37 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

eTown
1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
tel: (303) 443-8696
fax: (303) 443-4489
EIN: 84-1186181

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Board Leadership

Mark Bouzek
Chair

CEO

Nick Forster
Executive Director

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