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KCRW Foundation

Promoting and supporting Santa Monica College radio station KCRW

four stars

92.84

1900 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
tel: (310) 314-4635   Web Site
EIN: 95-3750631

Board Leadership
Matt Kline
Chair

CEO
Jennifer Ferro
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.84 four stars
  Financial 90.71 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The KCRW Foundation promotes and provides financial support to Santa Monica College Radio Station KCRW. KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation's largest arrays of locally- produced, nationally-distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.

The KCRW Foundation promotes and provides financial support to Santa Monica College Radio Station KCRW. KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation's largest arrays of locally- produced, nationally-distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.

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Financial

four stars

90.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
68.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.19
  Program Expenses Growth 14.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KCRW Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KCRW Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KCRW Foundation (CA) 92.84 four stars
Friends of Idaho Public Television (ID) 91.93 four stars
Nine Network of Public Media (MO) 87.64 three stars
KOCE-TV Foundation/PBS SoCal (CA) 93.54 four stars
Colorado Public Radio (CO) 95.44 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,394,547
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,038,158
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $575,152
Total Contributions $20,007,857
   Program Service Revenue $311,903
Total Primary Revenue $20,319,760
   Other Revenue $861,153
TOTAL REVENUE $21,180,913
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,604,630
   Administrative Expenses $1,930,893
   Fundraising Expenses $5,123,116
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,658,639
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,477,726
   
Net Assets $44,078,278

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 and Production $9,026,588 54.4%
Broadcasting and Engineering $4,448,916 26.8%
Program Information and Promotion $3,129,126 18.8%

Ratings History
KCRW Foundation has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 92.84 four stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 90.18 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 92.68 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 94.40 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.51 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 91.97 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 95.05 four stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 93.37 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 94.93 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.54 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 85.70 three stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 88.43 three stars
2006-06 10/01/2007 68.78 one star
2005-06 04/01/2006 82.28 three stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 79.03 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 95-3750631
Name in IRS Master File KCRW FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (45) Student operated business
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(121) Radio or television broadcasting
Foundation Status Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit 170(b)(1)(A)(iv)
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 August, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$134,366 0.56% Jennifer Ferro President, General Manager $162,854
Other Salaries of Note
$206,240 0.87% Jason Bentley Music Director --
$202,298 0.85% Madeleine Brand Program Host --
$148,237 0.62% Dan Sy VP, Finance --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KCRW Foundation (CA) 92.84 four stars
KOCE-TV Foundation/PBS SoCal (CA) 93.54 four stars
WYPR (MD) 87.43 three stars
WKNO (TN) 88.59 three stars
Texas Public Radio (TX) 98.45 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

KCRW Foundation
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
tel: (310) 314-4635
fax: (310) 450-7172
EIN: 95-3750631

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Board Leadership

Matt Kline
Chair

CEO

Jennifer Ferro
President

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