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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

American Documentary

Exploring the potential of independent media in public life

91.45

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

Board Leadership
Margaret Drain
Chair

CEO
Erika Dilday
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.45
  Financial 95.00
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
87.8%
  Administrative Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.73
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.8%
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) 91.45
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 86.94
StoryCorps (NY) 90.99
Art21 (NY) 85.99
CET (OH) 85.86

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,393,563
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $103,231
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $204,996
Total Contributions $1,701,790
   Program Service Revenue $2,429,774
Total Primary Revenue $4,131,564
   Other Revenue $22,798
TOTAL REVENUE $4,154,362
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,718,414
   Administrative Expenses $326,420
   Fundraising Expenses $342,957
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,387,791
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,233,429
   
Net Assets $3,531,394

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 $2,421,478 51.3%
Communications $997,476 21.1%
Special Media Features $692,908 14.7%
POV Community and Educational Outreach $606,552 12.9%

Ratings History
American Documentary has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 91.45
2018-12 03/01/2020 90.54
2017-12 12/21/2018 89.53
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.47
2015-12 03/01/2017 92.02
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.14
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.02
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.87
2012-12 05/01/2014 91.79
2011-12 10/01/2013 84.82
2011-12 08/01/2013 77.67
2010-12 11/06/2012 88.58
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.95
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.49
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 80.75
2008-12 04/01/2010 75.95
2007-12 02/01/2009 79.57
2006-12 12/15/2007 73.45
2005-12 12/01/2006 84.76
2004-12 12/01/2005 92.37

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
$193,454 3.59% Justine Nagan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Documentary (NY) 91.45
Art21 (NY) 85.99
Brave New Films (CA) 86.55
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (AK) 86.94
KVIE (CA) 88.09

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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

Erika Dilday
Executive Director

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