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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

WETA

Washington's source for compelling television and inspiring classical music

four stars

96.09

3939 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
tel: (703) 998-2600   Web Site
EIN: 53-0242992

Board Leadership
Timothy C. Coughlin
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.09 four stars
  Financial 95.36 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1961, WETA (The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association) is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. WETA's mission is to produce and broadcast programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers' and listeners' intelligence, curiosity and interest in the world around them. As an independent broadcaster and producer, WETA provides its viewers and listeners with quality, compelling programs and serves a broad community with educational projects and Web-based initiatives. In addition to our broadcasts and productions, WETA is a steadfast believer in the power of media to educate, and we have developed valuable national education services.

Founded in 1961, WETA (The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association) is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. WETA's mission is to produce and broadcast programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers' and listeners' intelligence, curiosity and interest in the world around them. As an independent broadcaster and producer, WETA provides its viewers and listeners with quality, compelling programs and serves a broad community with educational projects and Web-based initiatives. In addition to our broadcasts and productions, WETA is a steadfast believer in the power of media to educate, and we have developed valuable national education services.

Financial

four stars

95.36

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.46
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WETA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WETA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WETA (VA) 96.09 four stars
Louisville Public Media (KY) 90.81 four stars
WITF (PA) 86.18 three stars
New Hampshire Public Radio (NH) 86.97 three stars
Valley Public Radio (CA) 90.80 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $82,466,588
   Federated Campaigns $426,125
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,118,634
Total Contributions $86,011,347
   Program Service Revenue $3,246,501
Total Primary Revenue $89,257,848
   Other Revenue $2,452,247
TOTAL REVENUE $91,710,095
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $77,607,089
   Administrative Expenses $3,187,464
   Fundraising Expenses $12,407,170
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $93,201,723
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,491,628
   
Net Assets $136,239,734

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
Television Production $59,522,299 76.7%
Local Broadcasting $12,907,342 16.6%
Online Resources $5,177,448 6.7%

Ratings History
WETA has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 12/01/2017 96.09 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 97.17 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2016 86.82 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 85.94 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 91.58 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 90.73 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 87.38 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.02 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 84.48 three stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 89.55 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 89.17 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 85.80 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 80.87 three stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 90.60 four stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 85.97 three stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 82.05 three stars
2002-06 12/01/2003 67.35 one star
2001-06 10/15/2002 88.51 three stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 77.97 two 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 53-0242992
Name in IRS Master File GREATER WASHINGTON EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION INC
NTEE Code A30
NTEE Classification Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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, 1963
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$602,239 0.64% Sharon Percy Rockefeller President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$635,909 0.68% Gwendolyn Ifill Senior Correspondent

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WETA (VA) 96.09 four stars
Capital Public Radio (CA) 87.77 three stars
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OR) 86.73 three stars
WITF (PA) 86.18 three stars
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (NY) 90.89 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

WETA
3939 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
tel: (703) 998-2600
EIN: 53-0242992

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Board Leadership

Timothy C. Coughlin
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President & CEO

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