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KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Creating and serving an informed public

four stars

93.89

4518 University Way, NE Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98105
tel: (206) 543-2710   Web Site
EIN: 91-2079402

Board Leadership
Mark Ashida
Chair

CEO
Caryn G. Mathes
President & General Manager

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.89 four stars
  Financial 91.37 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1999, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio operates the radio station KUOW, serving communities in the Puget Sound region, Western Washington and Southern British Columbia. The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To accomplish our mission, KUOW: produces and acquires programming that meets the highest standards of journalism, cultural expression and entertainment; seeks advice and guidance from the community; provides a workplace that values professional growth, experimentation and cultural diversity; and utilizes state-of-the-art communication technologies.

Established in 1999, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio operates the radio station KUOW, serving communities in the Puget Sound region, Western Washington and Southern British Columbia. The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To accomplish our mission, KUOW: produces and acquires programming that meets the highest standards of journalism, cultural expression and entertainment; seeks advice and guidance from the community; provides a workplace that values professional growth, experimentation and cultural diversity; and utilizes state-of-the-art communication technologies.

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Financial

four stars

91.37

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
70.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 10.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio (WA) 93.89 four stars
WTCI (TN) 86.83 three stars
Aspen Public Radio (CO) 91.48 four stars
Lakeland PBS (MN) 88.04 three stars
PBS Hawaii (HI) 91.88 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,806,048
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $781,996
Total Contributions $16,588,044
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $16,588,044
   Other Revenue $451,912
TOTAL REVENUE $17,039,956
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,521,382
   Administrative Expenses $1,463,240
   Fundraising Expenses $3,319,463
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,304,085
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $735,871
   
Net Assets $16,433,358

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
Operating Radio Stations in the Puget Sound Area $11,521,382 100.0%

Ratings History
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 93.89 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 93.31 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 93.41 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 90.70 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 90.03 four stars
2014-06 08/01/2015 91.35 four stars
2013-06 04/01/2014 94.25 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 92.50 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 90.89 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.77 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 04/01/2011 86.38 three stars
2009-06 05/01/2010 94.55 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2009 89.43 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 89.38 three 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 91-2079402
Name in IRS Master File KUOW-PUGET SOUND PUBLIC RADIO
NTEE Code A34
NTEE Classification Radio
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 July, 2001
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
$305,514 1.87% Caryn Mathes President, General Manager

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio (WA) 93.89 four stars
Lakeland PBS (MN) 88.04 three stars
WVIA Public Media (PA) 90.37 four stars
Aspen Public Radio (CO) 91.48 four stars
WWOZ (LA) 89.88 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
4518 University Way, NE
Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98105
tel: (206) 543-2710
EIN: 91-2079402

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Board Leadership

Mark Ashida
Chair

CEO

Caryn G. Mathes
President & General Manager

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