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Twin Cities Public Television

Harnessing the power of television and other media for the public good

four stars

97.57

172 East Fourth Street St. Paul, MN 55101
tel: (888) 229-1500   Web Site
EIN: 41-0769851

Board Leadership
Robert Sit
Chair

CEO
Sylvia Strobel
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.57 four stars
  Financial 98.34 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) is to harness the power of television and other media for the public good. An educational, civic, and cultural resource, tpt presents original productions for national and state broadcast. One of the most watched PBS affiliates in the nation, tpt is based in St. Paul and operates seven digital stations in addition to analog channels tpt2 and tpt17. Productions include the Emmy Award winning Benjamin Franklin; the Emmy winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's; the Emmy winning Suze Orman: The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; the Emmy winning DragonflyTV science series for kids; the popular public affairs program Almanac, and the innovative Minnesota Channel.

The mission of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) is to harness the power of television and other media for the public good. An educational, civic, and cultural resource, tpt presents original productions for national and state broadcast. One of the most watched PBS affiliates in the nation, tpt is based in St. Paul and operates seven digital stations in addition to analog channels tpt2 and tpt17. Productions include the Emmy Award winning Benjamin Franklin; the Emmy winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's; the Emmy winning Suze Orman: The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; the Emmy winning DragonflyTV science series for kids; the popular public affairs program Almanac, and the innovative Minnesota Channel.

Financial

four stars

98.34

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.55
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Twin Cities Public Television on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Twin Cities Public Television on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.57 four stars
Friends of Public Radio Arizona (AZ) 91.33 four stars
Aspen Public Radio (CO) 88.32 three stars
Friends of KSPS (WA) 90.88 four stars
WWOZ (LA) 87.16 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,627,018
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $15,369,903
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $17,882,730
Total Contributions $40,879,651
   Program Service Revenue $1,949,998
Total Primary Revenue $42,829,649
   Other Revenue $1,908,703
TOTAL REVENUE $44,738,352
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,414,416
   Administrative Expenses $3,893,949
   Fundraising Expenses $6,082,650
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $46,391,015
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,652,663
   
Net Assets $65,072,379

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
Programming and Production $34,047,372 93.5%
Broadcasting $2,014,620 5.5%
Program Information $351,922 1.0%

Ratings History
Twin Cities Public Television has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 04/01/2021 97.57 four stars
2018-08 07/01/2019 97.31 four stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 95.52 four stars
2016-08 11/01/2017 91.19 four stars
2015-08 10/01/2016 88.45 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 93.49 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 89.97 three stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 87.09 three stars
2012-08 08/01/2013 95.54 four stars
2011-08 06/01/2012 87.37 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 89.50 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 10/01/2010 80.00 three stars
2008-08 10/01/2009 80.09 three stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 87.78 three stars
2006-08 09/01/2007 74.53 two stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 78.59 two stars
2004-08 09/01/2005 70.96 two stars
2003-08 01/05/2005 80.48 three stars
2002-08 01/01/2004 71.88 two stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 80.39 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 41-0769851
Name in IRS Master File TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION INC
NTEE Code A32
NTEE Classification Television
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 December, 1958
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$540,257 1.16% James R. Pagliarini President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.57 four stars
Community Radio for Northern Colorado (CO) 92.41 four stars
Texas Public Radio (TX) 92.98 four stars
Cincinnati Public Radio (OH) 86.47 three stars
KCTS Television (WA) 85.97 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Twin Cities Public Television
172 East Fourth Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
tel: (888) 229-1500
EIN: 41-0769851

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Board Leadership

Robert Sit
Chair

CEO

Sylvia Strobel
President and CEO

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