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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Free Spirit Media

Free Spirit Media (FSM) cultivates youth and young adult voices to transform media and society.

84.60

906 South Homan Avenue Chicago, IL 60624
tel: (312) 444-0562   Web Site
EIN: 36-4456215

Board Leadership
Stacey Bolton
President

CEO
Aurora Toshiko King
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.60
  Financial 81.21
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Free Spirit Media transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations.

Free Spirit Media transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations.

Financial

81.21

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.73
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Spirit Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Spirit Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Spirit Media (IL) 84.60
Inner-City Arts (CA) 93.22
Music Academy of the West (CA) 91.55
Arts for Learning (FL) 88.61
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 93.98

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,568,152
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $36,520
Total Contributions $1,609,172
   Program Service Revenue $475,861
Total Primary Revenue $2,085,033
   Other Revenue $2,846
TOTAL REVENUE $2,087,879
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,602,118
   Administrative Expenses $283,584
   Fundraising Expenses $187,805
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,073,507
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $14,372
   
Net Assets $1,537,321

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
Professional Development $810,351 50.6%
Sports Broadcasting & Media and Journalism Programs $569,586 35.6%
Education $222,181 13.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 11/01/2021 84.60
2019-06 05/01/2020 92.42
2019-06 04/01/2020 89.51
2018-06 06/01/2019 92.57
2017-06 07/01/2018 92.74
2016-06 06/01/2017 93.98
2015-06 12/21/2016 93.62

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

EIN 36-4456215
Name in IRS Master File FREE SPIRIT MEDIA NFP
NTEE Code O50
NTEE Classification Youth Development Programs, Other
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Educational 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 July, 2002
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$122,342 5.90% Jeff McCarter Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Spirit Media (IL) 84.60
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (OH) 86.34
ETM-LA (CA) 92.92
Raw Art Works (MA) 85.12
Exploring the Arts (NY) 88.16

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Charity Contact Info

Free Spirit Media
906 South Homan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
tel: (312) 444-0562
EIN: 36-4456215

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Board Leadership

Stacey Bolton
President

CEO

Aurora Toshiko King
Executive Director

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