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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Center for Media and Democracy

National watchdog group for conducting in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy.

two stars

72.93

520 University Avenue Suite 305
Madison, WI 53703
tel: (608) 260-9713   Web Site
EIN: 39-1777402

Board Leadership
Lisa Graves
President

CEO
Arn Pearson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.93 two stars
  Financial 64.78 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Media and Democracy is a national watchdog group that conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy. The findings of CMD's investigative journalism are regularly cited by the leading national and state newspapers in the U.S., including the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. CMD's reporting is credited by news shows on major broadcast stations including HBO, Showtime, PBS, NBC, CBS, and others, and has also been featured on in-depth news programs, such as Moyers & Company, Democracy Now, and the Thom Hartmann Show, as well as NPR and other public broadcasting agencies, such as the BBC and CBC.

The Center for Media and Democracy is a national watchdog group that conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy. The findings of CMD's investigative journalism are regularly cited by the leading national and state newspapers in the U.S., including the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. CMD's reporting is credited by news shows on major broadcast stations including HBO, Showtime, PBS, NBC, CBS, and others, and has also been featured on in-depth news programs, such as Moyers & Company, Democracy Now, and the Thom Hartmann Show, as well as NPR and other public broadcasting agencies, such as the BBC and CBC.

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Financial

one star

64.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
73.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -27.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 101.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Media and Democracy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Media and Democracy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Media and Democracy (WI) 72.93 two stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
Commentary (NY) 86.54 three stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $698,695
   Federated Campaigns $15,294
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $713,989
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $713,989
   Other Revenue $8,383
TOTAL REVENUE $722,372
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $452,880
   Administrative Expenses $282,295
   Fundraising Expenses $101,899
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $837,074
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-114,702
   
Net Assets $-2,527

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 72.93 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 82.77 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 83.54 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 84.53 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 39-1777402
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY INC
NTEE Code A33
NTEE Classification Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing 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 September, 1994
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,000 17.80% Arn Pearson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Media and Democracy (WI) 72.93 two stars
National Review Institute (NY) 92.21 four stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars
GRIST (WA) 88.73 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center for Media and Democracy
520 University Avenue
Suite 305
Madison, WI 53703
tel: (608) 260-9713
EIN: 39-1777402

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 259010
Madison, WI 53725

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Board Leadership

Lisa Graves
President

CEO

Arn Pearson
Executive Director

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