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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

WGBH Boston

Produced in Boston, shared with the world

four stars

92.84

One Guest Street Boston, MA 02135
tel: (617) 300-3300   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104397

Board Leadership
Ann M. Fudge
Chair

CEO
Jonathan C. Abbott
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.84 four stars
  Financial 90.71 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

WGBH Boston first hit the airwaves in October 1951 with a live radio concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. WGBH holds the licenses for eight broadcast operations, and is the source of one-third of all prime-time programming seen on public television nationwide, including such series as Frontline, Nova, and Antiques Roadshow. Today, WGBH offers multiple television and radio channels, vibrant Web content, and a wide range of teaching tools used in classrooms from coast to coast.

WGBH Boston first hit the airwaves in October 1951 with a live radio concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. WGBH holds the licenses for eight broadcast operations, and is the source of one-third of all prime-time programming seen on public television nationwide, including such series as Frontline, Nova, and Antiques Roadshow. Today, WGBH offers multiple television and radio channels, vibrant Web content, and a wide range of teaching tools used in classrooms from coast to coast.

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Financial

four stars

90.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.94
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 38.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WGBH Boston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WGBH Boston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WGBH Boston (MA) 92.84 four stars
Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CT) 89.01 three stars
WHYY (PA) 91.34 four stars
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (NY) 88.78 three stars
Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting (FL) 93.56 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $83,290,981
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $29,207,733
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $2,915,262
   Government Grants $8,004,795
Total Contributions $123,418,771
   Program Service Revenue $73,615,958
Total Primary Revenue $197,034,729
   Other Revenue $7,688,424
TOTAL REVENUE $204,723,153
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $176,619,409
   Administrative Expenses $15,813,019
   Fundraising Expenses $28,183,836
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $220,616,264
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-15,893,111
   
Net Assets $522,739,156

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
Boston Public Radio $176,619,409 100.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 92.84 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 94.70 four stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 95.88 four stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 88.87 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 86.97 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.34 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 87.40 three stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 82.03 three stars
2011-08 10/01/2012 84.49 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 80.78 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 89.29 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 03/01/2011 88.35 three stars
2008-08 03/01/2010 88.57 three stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 85.09 three stars
2006-08 05/01/2008 82.07 three stars
2005-08 10/01/2006 86.15 three stars
2004-08 09/01/2005 72.58 two stars
2003-08 01/05/2005 83.90 three stars
2002-08 10/01/2003 83.07 three stars
2001-08 02/05/2003 91.08 four 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 04-2104397
Name in IRS Master File WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A30
NTEE Classification Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(927) Fundraising
(120) Publishing 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 August, 1956
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$691,526 0.31% Jonathan C. Abbott President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WGBH Boston (MA) 92.84 four stars
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OR) 90.60 four stars
Valley Public Radio (CA) 92.82 four stars
WHRO (VA) 87.36 three stars
Louisville Public Media (KY) 93.40 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

WGBH Boston
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
tel: (617) 300-3300
EIN: 04-2104397

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 55875
Boston, MA 02205

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Board Leadership

Ann M. Fudge
Chair

CEO

Jonathan C. Abbott
President, CEO

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