Disable all preview features

Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

American Documentary

Exploring the potential of independent media in public life

four stars

90.54

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 90.54 four stars
  Financial 92.41 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

four stars

92.41

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
87.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.10
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.5%
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) 90.54 four stars
CET (OH) 86.76 three stars
StoryCorps (NY) 88.26 three stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.81 three stars
WNET (NY) 90.19 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,374,137
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $54,777
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $266,923
Total Contributions $3,695,837
   Program Service Revenue $2,348,500
Total Primary Revenue $6,044,337
   Other Revenue $38,662
TOTAL REVENUE $6,082,999
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,400,865
   Administrative Expenses $293,049
   Fundraising Expenses $252,145
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,946,059
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,136,940
   
Net Assets $4,704,120

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 $2,014,888 45.8%
Communications $1,173,155 26.7%
POV Community and Educational Outreach $664,075 15.1%
Special Media Features $548,747 12.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 90.54 four stars
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$179,296 3.62% Justine Nagan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Documentary (NY) 90.54 four stars
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 87.37 three stars
Brave New Films (CA) 86.81 three stars
CET (OH) 86.76 three stars
Center for Asian American Media (CA) 92.53 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

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

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Margaret Drain
Chair

CEO

Justine Nagan
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.