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Science Friday Initiative

Your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science

four stars

90.54

30 Broad Street 801
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 840-2244   Web Site
EIN: 13-4252173

Board Leadership
Ira Flatow
President

CEO
Danielle Dana
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.54 four stars
  Financial 94.10 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. For 25 years we've introduced top scientists to public radio listeners, and reminded them how much fun it is to learn something new. But we're more than just a radio show. We produce award-winning digital videos, original web articles, and educational resources for teachers and informal educators. We like to say we're brain fun, for curious people. All of our work is independently produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public's access to science and scientific information.

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. For 25 years we've introduced top scientists to public radio listeners, and reminded them how much fun it is to learn something new. But we're more than just a radio show. We produce award-winning digital videos, original web articles, and educational resources for teachers and informal educators. We like to say we're brain fun, for curious people. All of our work is independently produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public's access to science and scientific information.

Financial

four stars

94.10

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.77
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Friday Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Friday Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Friday Initiative (NY) 90.54 four stars
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PA) 92.99 four stars
Blue Ridge Public Radio (NC) 85.24 three stars
PBS Hawaii (HI) 93.78 four stars
Friends of Idaho Public Television (ID) 92.10 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,596,675
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $47,352
Total Contributions $2,644,027
   Program Service Revenue $1,073,636
Total Primary Revenue $3,717,663
   Other Revenue $204,651
TOTAL REVENUE $3,922,314
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,397,821
   Administrative Expenses $304,262
   Fundraising Expenses $272,119
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,974,202
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $948,112
   
Net Assets $5,140,340

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 Broadcasts $1,844,510 76.9%
Digital Videos $306,797 12.8%
Education Initiative $246,514 10.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 90.54 four stars
2018-12 06/01/2020 87.94 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 92.22 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 92.21 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 92.20 four stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 92.13 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 13-4252173
Name in IRS Master File SCIENCE FRIDAY INITIATIVE INC
NTEE Code U30
NTEE Classification Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences Research and Promotion
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
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 December, 2003
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$145,324 4.88% Danielle Dana Johnson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Friday Initiative (NY) 90.54 four stars
Fort Wayne Public Television (IN) 91.53 four stars
KCRW Foundation (CA) 93.25 four stars
Friends of Idaho Public Television (ID) 92.10 four stars
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.57 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Science Friday Initiative
30 Broad Street
801
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 840-2244
EIN: 13-4252173

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Board Leadership

Ira Flatow
President

CEO

Danielle Dana
Executive Director

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