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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Friends of KSPS

Providing on-air, online and multimedia programs that entertain, engage and educate to enrich all the communities we serve

97.76

3911 South Regal Street Spokane, WA 99223
tel: (800) 735-2377   Web Site
EIN: 23-7203753

Board Leadership
Pati Dahmen
President

CEO
Gary Stokes
General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.76
  Financial 96.84
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

96.84

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.78
  Program Expenses Growth 14.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of KSPS on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of KSPS on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of KSPS (WA) 97.76
Nashville Public Television (TN) 91.78
eTown (CO) 92.02
Rocky Mountain PBS (CO) 87.94
WWOZ (LA) 92.96

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Founded in1967, KSPS Public Television provides on-air, online and multimedia programs that entertain, engage and educate to enrich all the communities we serve. Each day KSPS Public Television invites people in two million households throughout the Inland Northwest and Canada to experience the worlds of science, history and nature; listen to diverse viewpoints and trusted reporting; and take front row seats to world-class performances. KSPS serves Spokane and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeastern British Columbia, and most of Alberta including Calgary and Edmonton. KSPS is also seen across the nation of Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite system. KSPS is carried over the air, on translator systems, on cable systems and via satellite. KSPS is licensed to Friends of KSPS which was founded in 1972 to support the station. Friends of KSPS acquired the broadcast license and full ownership of the station from Spokane Public Schools in 2013.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,600,177
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,642,047
Total Contributions $5,242,224
   Program Service Revenue $755,147
Total Primary Revenue $5,997,371
   Other Revenue $37,406
TOTAL REVENUE $6,034,777
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,749,911
   Administrative Expenses $486,367
   Fundraising Expenses $563,513
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,799,791
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $234,986
   
Net Assets $4,066,534

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
Providing Educational and Cultural Programming $3,666,669 77.2%
Phone, Mail, and Online Information $808,227 17.0%
Program Guide and Website $275,015 5.8%

Ratings History
Friends of KSPS has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-08 02/01/2017 97.76
2015-08 06/01/2016 96.39
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 94.14
2013-08 11/01/2014 81.62

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7203753
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF KSPS
NTEE Code A32
NTEE Classification Television
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (121) Radio or television broadcasting
(149) Other instruction and training
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, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
  • August, 2012
  • August, 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
$126,250 2.17% Gary Stokes General Manager

Founded in1967, KSPS Public Television provides on-air, online and multimedia programs that entertain, engage and educate to enrich all the communities we serve. Each day KSPS Public Television invites people in two million households throughout the Inland Northwest and Canada to experience the worlds of science, history and nature; listen to diverse viewpoints and trusted reporting; and take front row seats to world-class performances. KSPS serves Spokane and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeastern British Columbia, and most of Alberta including Calgary and Edmonton. KSPS is also seen across the nation of Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite system. KSPS is carried over the air, on translator systems, on cable systems and via satellite. KSPS is licensed to Friends of KSPS which was founded in 1972 to support the station. Friends of KSPS acquired the broadcast license and full ownership of the station from Spokane Public Schools in 2013.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of KSPS (WA) 97.76
WMNF (FL) 85.85
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 88.45
WBGO (NJ) 86.61
KCBX (CA) 87.88

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of KSPS
3911 South Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223
tel: (800) 735-2377
EIN: 23-7203753

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Board Leadership

Pati Dahmen
President

CEO

Gary Stokes
General Manager

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