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CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Pacifica Foundation Radio

A community radio network of commercial free stations

one star

57.24

1925 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley, CA 94704
tel: (510) 849-2590   Web Site
EIN: 94-1347046

Board Leadership
Jonathan Alexander
Chair

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On May 14, 2014, The Oakland Tribune reported on the operations of Pacifica Foundation Radio, in an article titled, "Berkeley: Judge ends occupation of radio station offices." For more information regarding the investigation, please see The Oakland Tribune article.

On January 8, 2015, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Pacifica Foundation Radio is the subject of an investigation by California attorney general, according to an article titled, "California attorney general launches audit of national radio network." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Daily Californian article.

  • On July 11, 2017, Radio World published an article titled, "Pacifica in Court Over Tower Lease Dispute." For more information, please see the Radio World article.

On January 4, 2018, The Mercury News reported on the operations of Pacifica Foundation Radio, in an article titled, "Berkeley-based Pacifica Radio faces financial crisis." For more information regarding the investigation, please see The Mercury News article.


This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 57.24 one star
  Financial 50.00 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 66.00 one star
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Pacifica Radio is a community radio network of commercial free stations that serve their local communities and beyond. Pacifica is KPFA in Berkeley, CA; KPFK in Los Angeles, CA; KPFT in Houston, TX; WBAI in New York, NY; WPFW in Washington DC; and over 100 affiliate stations. Founded in 1949 as a visionary alternative to commercially-driven media, we pioneered listener-sponsored, community radio and have been a beacon for noncommercial, free media. Pacifica's mission is to promote peace and justice through communication between all races, nationalities, and cultures. We strive to contribute to the democratic process through public discourse and promotion of culture.

Pacifica Radio is a community radio network of commercial free stations that serve their local communities and beyond. Pacifica is KPFA in Berkeley, CA; KPFK in Los Angeles, CA; KPFT in Houston, TX; WBAI in New York, NY; WPFW in Washington DC; and over 100 affiliate stations. Founded in 1949 as a visionary alternative to commercially-driven media, we pioneered listener-sponsored, community radio and have been a beacon for noncommercial, free media. Pacifica's mission is to promote peace and justice through communication between all races, nationalities, and cultures. We strive to contribute to the democratic process through public discourse and promotion of culture.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2017
Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing
100
Number of national media pieces on the topic
100
Number of print, radio, or online ads developed
150
Number of stories successfully placed in the media
200
Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers
0
Number of individuals attending community events or trainings
400
This impact information is current as of September 2019, 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

zero star

50.00

Accountability & Transparency

one star

66.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
46.7%
  Administrative Expenses 35.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 226.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacifica Foundation Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacifica Foundation Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacifica Foundation Radio (CA) 57.24 one star
American Documentary (NY) 89.53 three stars
CET (OH) 86.76 three stars
Free To Choose Network (PA) 88.55 three stars
WNET (NY) 90.37 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,583,239
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,583,239
   Program Service Revenue $903,577
Total Primary Revenue $11,486,816
   Other Revenue $109,356
TOTAL REVENUE $11,596,172
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $4,987,040
   Administrative Expenses $4,770,333
   Fundraising Expenses $1,768,086
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,525,459
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $70,713
   
Net Assets $-4,454,925

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
Radio $4,992,478 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 03/01/2019 57.24 one star
2016-09 06/01/2018 56.03 one star
-- 01/23/2018 --Moderate Concern Advisory

On January 4, 2018, The Mercury News reported on the operations of Pacifica Foundation Radio, in an article titled, "Berkeley-based Pacifica Radio faces financial crisis." For more information regarding the investigation, please see The Mercury News article.

-- 09/01/2016 --Moderate Concern Advisory

On January 8, 2015, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Pacifica Foundation Radio is the subject of an investigation by California attorney general, according to an article titled, "California attorney general launches audit of national radio network." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Daily Californian article.

 
CN 2.0
2013-09 07/01/2015 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On July 2, 2015, Charity Navigator upgraded the designation put on Pacifica Foundation Radio from CN Watchlist to Donor Advisory. This change was done in accordance with our methodology for publishing a Donor Advisory.

2013-09 04/09/2015 59.88 one star
2012-09 12/20/2013 68.57 one star
2011-09 10/01/2012 70.67 two stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 66.15 one star
2009-09 09/20/2011 66.76 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 55.12 one star
2008-09 10/01/2009 66.54 one star
2007-09 09/01/2008 60.40 one star
2006-09 06/01/2007 62.99 one star
2005-09 07/01/2006 69.81 one star
2004-09 12/01/2005 72.62 two stars
2003-09 11/01/2004 74.68 two stars
2002-09 06/01/2004 65.58 one star

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

EIN 94-1347046
Name in IRS Master File PACIFICA FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code A34
NTEE Classification Radio
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 Central - the organization is a central type organization (no group exemption) of a National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1958
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Bill Crosier Interim Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$95,414 0.82% Sam Agarwal Chief Financial Officer
$66,083 0.57% Jonathan Alexander Chair, Assistant Engineer
$1,923 0.01% Sabrina Jacobs Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacifica Foundation Radio (CA) 57.24 one star
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 87.37 three stars
Free To Choose Network (PA) 88.55 three stars
StoryCorps (NY) 94.93 four stars
Center for Asian American Media (CA) 92.53 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacifica Foundation Radio
1925 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
tel: (510) 849-2590
EIN: 94-1347046

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Board Leadership

Jonathan Alexander
Chair

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