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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

American Documentary

Exploring the potential of independent media in public life

three stars

89.53

20 Jay Street Suite 940
New York, NY 11201
tel: (212) 989-8121   Web Site
EIN: 13-3447752

Board Leadership
Margaret Drain
Chair

CEO
Justine Nagan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.53 three stars
  Financial 90.10 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

American Documentary (AMDOC) is a leading nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media. Since 1988, American Documentary has produced the award-winning series P.O.V. for PBS, presenting over 365 of the most important documentary films of our time. Our films - coupled with our unsurpassed national reach and local collaborations - have brought powerful documentary storytelling into people's lives, and brought public dialogue on issues of national importance to a new level. American Documentary is a leader in extending the reach of documentaries online. American Documentary continues to pioneer new ways to use independent media as a springboard to engage the public.

American Documentary (AMDOC) is a leading nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media. Since 1988, American Documentary has produced the award-winning series P.O.V. for PBS, presenting over 365 of the most important documentary films of our time. Our films - coupled with our unsurpassed national reach and local collaborations - have brought powerful documentary storytelling into people's lives, and brought public dialogue on issues of national importance to a new level. American Documentary is a leader in extending the reach of documentaries online. American Documentary continues to pioneer new ways to use independent media as a springboard to engage the public.

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Financial

four stars

90.10

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
87.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.84
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Documentary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Documentary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Documentary (NY) 89.53 three stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.63 three stars
From the Top (MA) 86.68 three stars
Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media (MN) 92.68 four stars
Public Radio International (MN) 85.20 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,476,465
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $74,109
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $262,100
Total Contributions $1,812,674
   Program Service Revenue $2,305,620
Total Primary Revenue $4,118,294
   Other Revenue $253,001
TOTAL REVENUE $4,371,295
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,489,594
   Administrative Expenses $356,521
   Fundraising Expenses $167,467
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,013,582
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $357,713
   
Net Assets $3,499,930

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
POV Programming and Production Support $1,703,177 48.8%
POV Digital $516,624 14.8%
POV Community Engagement $466,735 13.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 89.53 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.47 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 92.02 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.14 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.02 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.87 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 91.79 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 84.82 three stars
2011-12 08/01/2013 77.67 two stars
2010-12 11/06/2012 88.58 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.95 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.49 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 80.75 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 75.95 two stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 79.57 two stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 73.45 two stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 84.76 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 92.37 four stars
2003-12 09/01/2005 97.14 four 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 13-3447752
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY INC
NTEE Code A31
NTEE Classification Film, Video
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 May, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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
$151,949 3.78% Justine Nagan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Documentary (NY) 89.53 three stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.63 three stars
Free to Choose Network (PA) 90.10 four stars
Center for Asian American Media (CA) 90.39 four stars
Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media (MN) 92.68 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Documentary
20 Jay Street
Suite 940
New York, NY 11201
tel: (212) 989-8121
fax: (212) 989-8230
EIN: 13-3447752

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Board Leadership

Margaret Drain
Chair

CEO

Justine Nagan
Executive Director

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