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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

eTown

Music ~ Ideas ~ Community

four stars

92.02

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

Board Leadership
Don Hazell
Chair

CEO
Nick Forster
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
82.4%
  Administrative Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.45
  Program Expenses Growth 15.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.1%
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) 92.02 four stars
PBS Hawaii (HI) 89.26 three stars
New York Public Radio (NY) 93.02 four stars
Science Friday Initiative (NY) 92.20 four stars
Colorado Public Radio (CO) 94.07 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,383,623
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $172,037
Total Contributions $1,555,660
   Program Service Revenue $656,993
Total Primary Revenue $2,212,653
   Other Revenue $177,004
TOTAL REVENUE $2,389,657
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,912,029
   Administrative Expenses $364,213
   Fundraising Expenses $87,899
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,364,141
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $25,516
   
Net Assets $5,777,961

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 $1,912,029 100.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 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
$119,756 5.06% Nicholas Forster Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$136,352 5.76% Helen Forster Director

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
eTown (CO) 92.02 four stars
Radio Milwaukee Inc. (WI) 91.71 four stars
KQED (CA) 88.35 three stars
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 88.45 three stars
Southern California Public Radio (CA) 89.84 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

Don Hazell
Chair

CEO

Nick Forster
Executive Director

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