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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Chicago Public Media

Offering programs that speak with many voices to community needs

three stars

87.71

Navy Pier 848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 948-4600   Web Site
EIN: 36-3687394

Board Leadership
Bryan Traubert
Chair

CEO
Steve Edwards
Interim CEO, VP

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.71 three stars
  Financial 83.09 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chicago Public Media is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. We produce, acquire, and distribute engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance that speak powerfully. We are principally a broadcaster. We also serve our local and national community with supplemental distribution initiatives. We expand our outreach to the community and enhance our production effort through partnerships and educational programs with local and national institutions.

Chicago Public Media is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. We produce, acquire, and distribute engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance that speak powerfully. We are principally a broadcaster. We also serve our local and national community with supplemental distribution initiatives. We expand our outreach to the community and enhance our production effort through partnerships and educational programs with local and national institutions.

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Financial

three stars

83.09

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
66.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.79
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 37.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Public Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Public Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Public Media (IL) 87.71 three stars
Vermont Public Radio (VT) 91.49 four stars
KCBX (CA) 91.26 four stars
New York Public Radio (NY) 92.09 four stars
Nine Network of Public Media (MO) 87.64 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,543,260
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $11,960,804
   Fundraising Events $1,182,085
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,497,963
Total Contributions $29,184,112
   Program Service Revenue $3,176,520
Total Primary Revenue $32,360,632
   Other Revenue $1,359,177
TOTAL REVENUE $33,719,809
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,642,077
   Administrative Expenses $3,753,487
   Fundraising Expenses $6,763,275
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $29,158,839
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,560,970
   
Net Assets $48,513,947

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 Broadcast $18,170,510 97.5%
Public Media Online/On-air $471,567 2.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 87.71 three stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 83.93 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 83.37 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 85.98 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 92.66 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.75 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 89.47 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 87.39 three stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.33 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 94.75 four stars
2010-06 02/01/2012 88.67 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 88.09 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 86.81 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 89.67 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 89.09 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 92.60 four stars
2006-08 05/01/2009 91.05 four stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 87.01 three stars
2004-08 07/01/2005 87.11 three stars
2003-08 01/05/2005 87.26 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 36-3687394
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA INC
NTEE Code A34
NTEE Classification Radio
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (121) Radio or television broadcasting
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, 1994
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$528,351 1.81% Golnar Sheikholeslami Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Public Media (IL) 87.71 three stars
KOCE-TV Foundation/PBS SoCal (CA) 93.54 four stars
WTCI (TN) 86.83 three stars
Nashville Public Radio (TN) 88.64 three stars
WVIA Public Media (PA) 90.37 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Public Media
Navy Pier
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 948-4600
EIN: 36-3687394

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Board Leadership

Bryan Traubert
Chair

CEO

Steve Edwards
Interim CEO, VP

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