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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

WTTW

Enriching, engaging, and educating diverse communities in Chicago and around the world

three stars

82.99

5400 North St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625
tel: (773) 509-1111   Web Site
EIN: 36-2246703

Board Leadership
Daniel Levin
Chair

CEO
Sandra Cordova Micek
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.99 three stars
  Financial 77.32 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

WTTW is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique television and digital media content. We are dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together and invite our audiences to explore the knowledge and creative life of the arts, sciences, humanities, and public affairs; committed to diverse perspectives, accessibility, innovation, community engagement, and life-long learning; trusted by parents, grandparents, care-givers, and teachers and provide educational content that promotes the healthy development of our children; balanced in our objective, in-depth reporting and encourage our audiences to engage in dialogue and make informed decisions.

WTTW is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique television and digital media content. We are dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together and invite our audiences to explore the knowledge and creative life of the arts, sciences, humanities, and public affairs; committed to diverse perspectives, accessibility, innovation, community engagement, and life-long learning; trusted by parents, grandparents, care-givers, and teachers and provide educational content that promotes the healthy development of our children; balanced in our objective, in-depth reporting and encourage our audiences to engage in dialogue and make informed decisions.

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Financial

two stars

77.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
70.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.27
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.91
  Program Expenses Growth -1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 35.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WTTW on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WTTW on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WTTW (IL) 82.99 three stars
WHRO (VA) 87.36 three stars
Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting (FL) 93.56 four stars
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (NY) 88.78 three stars
WJCT (FL) 94.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,016,649
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,202,400
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,338,251
Total Contributions $32,557,300
   Program Service Revenue $11,044,249
Total Primary Revenue $43,601,549
   Other Revenue $4,699,283
TOTAL REVENUE $48,300,832
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $31,106,968
   Administrative Expenses $4,657,854
   Fundraising Expenses $8,779,557
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $44,544,379
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,756,453
   
Net Assets $48,911,561

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
WTTW Local & National Programming $13,490,337 43.4%
Channel 11 Public Media Campaign $8,541,258 27.5%
WFMT 98.7 Classical Radio $3,287,069 10.6%
ADV/Under $2,186,959 7.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 82.99 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 83.90 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 86.27 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 86.92 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.45 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 78.21 two stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 80.16 three stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 78.25 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.30 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 72.50 two stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 89.66 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 89.23 three stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 89.23 three stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 67.17 one star
2004-06 10/01/2005 72.35 two stars
2003-06 11/01/2004 70.85 two stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 88.23 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 89.85 three stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 81.20 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 36-2246703
Name in IRS Master File WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS 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
(120) Publishing activities
(927) Fundraising
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 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
Not compensated -- Sandra Micek President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$468,120 1.05% Daniel J. Schmidt Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WTTW (IL) 82.99 three stars
Louisville Public Media (KY) 93.40 four stars
Capital Public Radio (CA) 88.33 three stars
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (NY) 88.78 three stars
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OR) 90.60 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

WTTW
5400 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
tel: (773) 509-1111
EIN: 36-2246703

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Board Leadership

Daniel Levin
Chair

CEO

Sandra Cordova Micek
President, CEO

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