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Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

Programming that entertains, inspires, enlightens and educates our communities

two stars

75.10

Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240
tel: (716) 845-7000   Web Site
EIN: 16-0834459

Board Leadership
Joseph D. McDonald
Chair

CEO
Donald Boswell
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.10 two stars
  Financial 65.49 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association serves the educational, cultural, and informational needs of communities in Western New York and Southern Ontario through the operation of the WNED stations, and the provision of public television and radio programming and outreach activities. WNED serves a bi-national region of 3.1 million households across Western New York and Southern Ontario with high-quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate our communities. WNED's goal is to be a bi-national resource, the place to go to facilitate community-wide solutions, a public media portal. WNED is the proud founder and co-creator of the Emmy-award winning Reading Rainbow, one of the longest-running, most-watched, and best-loved children's series in the history of public television.

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association serves the educational, cultural, and informational needs of communities in Western New York and Southern Ontario through the operation of the WNED stations, and the provision of public television and radio programming and outreach activities. WNED serves a bi-national region of 3.1 million households across Western New York and Southern Ontario with high-quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate our communities. WNED's goal is to be a bi-national resource, the place to go to facilitate community-wide solutions, a public media portal. WNED is the proud founder and co-creator of the Emmy-award winning Reading Rainbow, one of the longest-running, most-watched, and best-loved children's series in the history of public television.

Financial

one star

65.49

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
56.4%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 29.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.76
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (NY) 75.10 two stars
WGBH Boston (MA) 92.84 four stars
Capital Public Radio (CA) 88.33 three stars
WQED Multimedia (PA) 86.00 three stars
Maine Public (ME) 94.62 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,271,821
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $5,987,141
   Fundraising Events $114,581
   Related Organizations $1,162,750
   Government Grants $1,483,127
Total Contributions $13,019,420
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $13,019,420
   Other Revenue $1,196,945
TOTAL REVENUE $14,216,365
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,221,971
   Administrative Expenses $1,756,397
   Fundraising Expenses $4,354,350
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,332,718
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-116,353
   
Net Assets $11,016,029

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
Public TV Station $5,499,760 66.9%
News and Information Stations $2,043,704 24.9%
Classical Music Stations $678,507 8.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2021 75.10 two stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 73.01 two stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 75.31 two stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 76.01 two stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 74.54 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 74.95 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 76.44 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 75.17 two stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 77.92 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 78.62 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.29 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 07/01/2010 75.89 two stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 74.91 two stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 82.09 three stars
2006-06 06/01/2007 82.91 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 81.29 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 81.51 three stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 79.01 two stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 73.56 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 70.91 two 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 16-0834459
Name in IRS Master File WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A30
NTEE Classification Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related activities
(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 October, 1960
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$462,753 3.22% Donald K. Boswell President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (NY) 75.10 two stars
WQED Multimedia (PA) 86.00 three stars
Maine Public (ME) 94.62 four stars
WETA (VA) 89.74 three stars
WGBH Boston (MA) 92.84 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
Horizons Plaza
P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240
tel: (716) 845-7000
EIN: 16-0834459

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Board Leadership

Joseph D. McDonald
Chair

CEO

Donald Boswell
President & CEO

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