Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

KQED

Inform. Inspire. Involve

four stars

92.06

50 Beale Street 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 553-2150   Web Site
EIN: 94-1241309

Board Leadership
Hank Barry
Board Chair

CEO
Michael Isip
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.06 four stars
  Financial 89.18 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone; and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration-exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public service.

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone; and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration-exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public service.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

three stars

89.18

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
63.4%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.47
  Program Expenses Growth 10.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KQED on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KQED on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KQED (CA) 92.06 four stars
All Classical Portland (OR) 94.82 four stars
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PA) 94.18 four stars
Friends of KSPS (WA) 91.88 four stars
Radio Milwaukee (WI) 90.16 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $60,748,069
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,243,489
Total Contributions $66,991,558
   Program Service Revenue $16,531,415
Total Primary Revenue $83,522,973
   Other Revenue $5,928,664
TOTAL REVENUE $89,451,637
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $60,418,970
   Administrative Expenses $13,748,840
   Fundraising Expenses $21,373,193
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $95,541,003
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,089,366
   
Net Assets $228,060,289

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 $22,015,511 36.4%
Multiplatform Content $19,270,755 31.9%
FM Radio $11,005,357 18.2%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 04/01/2020 92.06 four stars
2018-09 03/01/2020 91.84 four stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 91.32 four stars
2016-09 04/01/2018 90.10 four stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 88.35 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.51 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 87.36 three stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 86.00 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 87.01 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 82.82 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 78.92 two stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 87.30 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 84.81 three stars
2008-09 04/01/2010 85.32 three stars
2007-09 12/17/2008 82.25 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2008 71.70 two stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 75.35 two stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 80.20 three stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 76.28 two stars
2002-09 01/01/2004 76.15 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 94-1241309
Name in IRS Master File KQED 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 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 March, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$495,234 0.51% John Boland President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KQED (CA) 92.06 four stars
WTCI (TN) 86.83 three stars
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.31 four stars
KCTS Television (WA) 85.65 three stars
Aspen Public Radio (CO) 91.35 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

KQED
50 Beale Street
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 553-2150
fax: (415) 553-2174
EIN: 94-1241309

Mail donations to:
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Hank Barry
Board Chair

CEO

Michael Isip
President & CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.