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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Prairie Public Broadcasting

To provide programs that educate, involve and inspire the people of the prairie region

four stars

91.29

207 North Fifth Street Fargo, ND 58102
tel: (800) 359-6900   Web Site
EIN: 45-0276899

Board Leadership
Britt Jacobson
Chair

CEO
John E. Harris, III
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.29 four stars
  Financial 88.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For more than 50 years, Prairie Public Broadcasting has been committed to strengthening the prairie region and helping rural communities remain viable by using its advanced technology and broadcast capabilities. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota, and public radio service to the state of North Dakota. In addition to broadcasting services, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides a wide range of educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

For more than 50 years, Prairie Public Broadcasting has been committed to strengthening the prairie region and helping rural communities remain viable by using its advanced technology and broadcast capabilities. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota, and public radio service to the state of North Dakota. In addition to broadcasting services, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides a wide range of educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

Financial

three stars

88.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 16.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.21
  Program Expenses Growth -0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prairie Public Broadcasting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prairie Public Broadcasting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prairie Public Broadcasting (ND) 91.29 four stars
Capital Public Radio (CA) 87.78 three stars
WMFE (FL) 91.35 four stars
ETV Endowment of South Carolina (SC) 96.42 four stars
Houston Public Media Foundation (TX) 89.28 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,013,188
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,994,390
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,273,720
Total Contributions $5,281,298
   Program Service Revenue $961,916
Total Primary Revenue $6,243,214
   Other Revenue $976,530
TOTAL REVENUE $7,219,744
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,285,947
   Administrative Expenses $1,347,689
   Fundraising Expenses $419,020
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,052,656
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-832,912
   
Net Assets $18,326,628

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
Broadcasting Services $6,285,947 100.0%

Ratings History
Prairie Public Broadcasting has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 91.29 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 90.61 four stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 93.83 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 93.73 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 86.19 three stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 87.87 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 89.14 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 89.21 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 86.13 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 89.85 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 03/01/2011 89.43 three stars
2008-09 05/01/2010 82.02 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 85.83 three stars
2006-09 02/01/2008 77.37 two stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 68.43 one star
2004-09 01/01/2006 74.28 two stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 69.82 one star
2002-09 05/01/2004 71.79 two stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 66.92 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 45-0276899
Name in IRS Master File PRAIRIE PUBLIC BROADCASTING INC
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 (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$231,984 2.88% John E. Harris III President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prairie Public Broadcasting (ND) 91.29 four stars
Maine Public Broadcasting Network (ME) 91.98 four stars
Capital Public Radio (CA) 87.78 three stars
ETV Endowment of South Carolina (SC) 96.42 four stars
Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting (FL) 93.82 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Prairie Public Broadcasting
207 North Fifth Street
Fargo, ND 58102
tel: (800) 359-6900
fax: (701) 239-7650
TTY: (800) 366-6888
EIN: 45-0276899

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 3240
Fargo, ND 58108

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Board Leadership

Britt Jacobson
Chair

CEO

John E. Harris, III
President, CEO

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