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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

WFAE

Your NPR news source

three stars

81.63

8801 J.M. Keynes Drive Suite 91
Charlotte, NC 28262
tel: (800) 876-9323   Web Site
EIN: 56-1803808

Board Leadership
Mark Ethridge
Chair

CEO
Joe O'Connor
President, General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.63 three stars
  Financial 74.03 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1981 as part of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, today WFAE 90.7fm is an independent, public radio station. WFAE is the National Public Radio and Public Radio International affiliate station serving Charlotte and the Central Piedmont area. The station's signal reaches 22 counties in North and South Carolina, and, together with sister station WFHE 90.3fm in nearby Hickory, provides this region with news and entertainment programming. Our broadcast schedule includes a wide range of programs from NPR, the BBC and Public Radio International as well as local news and talk shows about issues that are important to the community.

Founded in 1981 as part of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, today WFAE 90.7fm is an independent, public radio station. WFAE is the National Public Radio and Public Radio International affiliate station serving Charlotte and the Central Piedmont area. The station's signal reaches 22 counties in North and South Carolina, and, together with sister station WFHE 90.3fm in nearby Hickory, provides this region with news and entertainment programming. Our broadcast schedule includes a wide range of programs from NPR, the BBC and Public Radio International as well as local news and talk shows about issues that are important to the community.

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Financial

two stars

74.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
54.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 32.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.32
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.99
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WFAE on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by WFAE on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WFAE (NC) 81.63 three stars
Radio Milwaukee (WI) 87.30 three stars
Fort Wayne Public Television (IN) 89.35 three stars
KCRW Foundation (CA) 92.84 four stars
KNPB (NV) 87.26 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,232,446
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $303,816
Total Contributions $6,536,262
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,536,262
   Other Revenue $313,098
TOTAL REVENUE $6,849,360
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,513,378
   Administrative Expenses $929,512
   Fundraising Expenses $2,378,879
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,821,769
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $27,591
   
Net Assets $5,892,233

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
Programming & Production $2,705,301 77.0%
Broadcasting and Engineering $421,605 12.0%
Program Information $386,472 11.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 81.63 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 83.22 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 86.20 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 89.71 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.38 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 91.06 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 94.09 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 91.42 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 83.69 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.95 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 75.80 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 86.04 three stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 83.18 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2008 83.25 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 83.04 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 84.93 three stars
2004-06 03/01/2005 83.01 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 56-1803808
Name in IRS Master File UNIVERSITY RADIO FOUNDATION 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 June, 1993
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
$216,967 3.18% Herbert J. O'Connor President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
WFAE (NC) 81.63 three stars
Cincinnati Public Radio (OH) 86.34 three stars
Fort Wayne Public Television (IN) 89.35 three stars
Nashville Public Television (TN) 85.60 three stars
Community Radio for Northern Colorado (CO) 92.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

WFAE
8801 J.M. Keynes Drive
Suite 91
Charlotte, NC 28262
tel: (800) 876-9323
fax: (704) 547-8851
EIN: 56-1803808

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Board Leadership

Mark Ethridge
Chair

CEO

Joe O'Connor
President, General Manager

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