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Independence Media

Media independence

three stars

87.44

441 N. 5th Street Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19123
tel: (215) 483-3900   Web Site
EIN: 22-2600747

Board Leadership
Rene Smith
Chair

CEO
Jessica Silver
Interim General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.44 three stars
  Financial 94.87 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 83.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Independence Media enriches lives through programs and services that entertain, educate, and inspire. We believe in the power of television and new technologies to connect communities, promote diversity, and encourage understanding. Independence Media holds the FCC noncommercial educational broadcast license for WYBE, channel 35, in the Philadelphia DMA. We are proud of the service that we have provided to the community since June of 1990.

Independence Media enriches lives through programs and services that entertain, educate, and inspire. We believe in the power of television and new technologies to connect communities, promote diversity, and encourage understanding. Independence Media holds the FCC noncommercial educational broadcast license for WYBE, channel 35, in the Philadelphia DMA. We are proud of the service that we have provided to the community since June of 1990.

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Financial

four stars

94.87

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

83.00

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)
73.6%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.27
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 59.14
  Program Expenses Growth 18.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Independence Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Independence Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Independence Media (PA) 87.44 three stars
Radio Milwaukee (WI) 87.30 three stars
PBS Hawaii (HI) 91.88 four stars
KQED (CA) 91.32 four stars
Science Friday Initiative (NY) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $219,240
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $368,063
Total Contributions $587,303
   Program Service Revenue $132,146,982
Total Primary Revenue $132,734,285
   Other Revenue $5
TOTAL REVENUE $132,734,290
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,056,558
   Administrative Expenses $390,510
   Fundraising Expenses $311,085
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,758,153
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $129,976,137
   
Net Assets $130,708,176

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
A Non-Commercial Education Television Broadcast $2,056,558 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 87.44 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 82.01 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 74.66 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 76.77 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 78.78 two stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 72.02 two stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 70.08 two stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 75.59 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 73.59 two stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 76.61 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 76.48 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 76.47 two stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 70.65 two stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 72.24 two stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 60.63 one star
2005-06 09/01/2006 58.19 one star
2004-06 05/01/2005 78.23 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 22-2600747
Name in IRS Master File INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC MEDIA OF PHILADELPHIA INC
NTEE Code A32
NTEE Classification Television
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 February, 1985
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
$190,044 6.89% Howard Blumenthal Secretary

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Independence Media (PA) 87.44 three stars
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.31 four stars
East Tennessee PBS (TN) 90.71 four stars
WBGO (NJ) 85.32 three stars
Cincinnati Public Radio (OH) 86.02 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Independence Media
441 N. 5th Street
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19123
tel: (215) 483-3900
EIN: 22-2600747

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Board Leadership

Rene Smith
Chair

CEO

Jessica Silver
Interim General Manager

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