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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Free To Choose Network

Using accessible and entertaining media to build popular support for personal, economic and political freedom thus advancing human well-being.

three stars

82.65

2002 Filmore Avenue Erie, PA 16506
tel: (800) 876-8930   Web Site
EIN: 52-1455677

Board Leadership
Robert J. Chitester
Executive Chairman

CEO
Robert S. Chatfield
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.65 three stars
  Financial 83.34 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our challenge for the 21st Century is to help the self-governed remain aware of those conditions that give rise to their prosperity and freedom. Of course, people enjoy mass media—TV in particular—because it demands little more than their time. But often, it doesn't make them think and it certainly doesn't usually require them to think about the bases of freedom and prosperity. We address this challenge by offering our customers serious, thoughtful programming that is nevertheless entertaining — with winning ideas at the core of everything we produce.

Our challenge for the 21st Century is to help the self-governed remain aware of those conditions that give rise to their prosperity and freedom. Of course, people enjoy mass media—TV in particular—because it demands little more than their time. But often, it doesn't make them think and it certainly doesn't usually require them to think about the bases of freedom and prosperity. We address this challenge by offering our customers serious, thoughtful programming that is nevertheless entertaining — with winning ideas at the core of everything we produce.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Total number of product's released (such as audio/visual series, teaching units, course, e-books, etc.).
12
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

83.34

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
76.7%
  Administrative Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.49
  Program Expenses Growth -14.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free To Choose Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free To Choose Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free To Choose Network (PA) 82.65 three stars
StoryCorps (NY) 88.26 three stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 87.37 three stars
WNET (NY) 90.19 four stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,210,446
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,210,446
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,210,446
   Other Revenue $89,550
TOTAL REVENUE $3,299,996
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,512,166
   Administrative Expenses $455,215
   Fundraising Expenses $573,625
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,541,006
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-241,010
   
Net Assets $1,902,589

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
Educational Programming $2,512,166 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2020 82.65 three stars
2018-06 05/01/2019 88.55 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 90.10 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 86.37 three stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 85.81 three stars
2015-06 03/01/2017 90.80 four stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 88.14 three 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 52-1455677
Name in IRS Master File FREE TO CHOOSE NETWORK
NTEE Code A31
NTEE Classification Film, Video
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (122) Producing films
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 August, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$162,557 4.59% Robert Chatfield President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free To Choose Network (PA) 82.65 three stars
WNET (NY) 90.19 four stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.81 three stars
American Documentary (NY) 90.54 four stars
StoryCorps (NY) 88.26 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Free To Choose Network
2002 Filmore Avenue
Erie, PA 16506
tel: (800) 876-8930
fax: (814) 833-7415
EIN: 52-1455677

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Board Leadership

Robert J. Chitester
Executive Chairman

CEO

Robert S. Chatfield
President, CEO

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