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Chicago Public Media

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Chicago Public Media is a radio broadcasting nonprofit based in Chicago, IL that was founded in 1989. As of 2018 they had $34 million in revenue and $67 million in assets.

Chicago Public Media serves the public interest by creating and delivering diverse compelling content that informs, inspires, enriches and entertains. Through a broad range of media platforms, they connect diverse audiences in their service area & bey...

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: The Wbez Alliance.

Chicago, IL
A34: Radio

Form 990s for Chicago Public Media

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-06Feb 21, 2019990 PDF
2017-06Apr 10, 2018990 PDF
2016-06Oct 6, 2017990 PDF
2015-06Aug 2, 2016990 PDF
2014-06Sep 11, 2015990 PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Chicago Public Media


Federated campaigns$0
Membership dues$11,681,806
Fundraising event contributions$776,310
Related organizations$0
Government grants (contributions)$1,302,760
Normal grants, contributions, etc.$15,327,466
Non-cash contributions$406,022
Program services$2,999,747
Investment income and dividends$401,055
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$234,576
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,059,184
Net income from fundraising events$-105,034
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$34,677,870


Grants to govts. and orgs. in USA$0
Grants to individuals in USA$0
Grants to govts., orgs., and individuals outside USA$0
Benefits paid to or for members$0
Compensation of current officers, etc.$2,222,529
Compensation not included above, to disqualified persons$0
Non-officer salaries and wages$10,068,706
Pension/retirement accruals and contributions$234,112
Other employee benefits$1,286,296
Payroll taxes$827,139
Management fees$0
Legal fees$263,353
Accounting fees$80,170
Lobbying fees$0
Pro. fundraising fees$0
Investment mgmt fees$73,552
Other fee-for-service$2,220,339
Advertising and promotion$1,032,527
Office expenses$811,498
Information tech. expenses$846,090
Royalty expenses$0
Public official travel and entertainment$0
Conferences, meetings, etc.$226,736
Payments to affiliates$0
Depreciation, amortization, etc.$1,001,897
All other expenses$3,292,185
Total expenses$26,196,136


Cash (non-interest-bearing)$8,410,649
Savings, short-term investments, etc.$156,455
Pledges and grants receivable$4,937,287
Accounts receivable$1,537,882
Loans receivable from officers, directors, etc.$0
Loans receivable from other disqualified persons$0
Notes and loans receivable$0
Inventories for use$0
Prepaid expenses and deferred charges$224,235
Buildings, equipment, etc. post-depreciation$13,151,918
Investments, publicly traded securities$37,548,055
Investments, other securities$0
Investments, program-related$0
Intangible assets$1,360,513
Other assets$368,585
Total assets$67,695,579


Accounts payable and accrued expenses$2,086,776
Grants payable$0
Deferred revenue$263,246
Tax-exempt bond liabilities$21,806,754
Escrow or custodial account liability$0
Loans payable to officers and disqualified persons$0
Secured mortgages and notes payable to unrelated third parties$0
Unsecured notes and loans payable to unrelated third parties$944,422
Other liabilities$0
Total liabilities$25,101,198

Net asset restrictions

Unrestricted net assets$36,600,698
Temporarily restricted net assets$4,993,683
Permanently restricted net assets$1,000,000

Performance indicators

Total margin24%
Working capital$12,916,486
Current assets$15,266,508
Current liabilities$2,350,022
Days cash on hand119 days
Acid test liquidity ratio6.40

Vendors for Chicago Public Media

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Plante and Moran PLLCTax accounting2018-11-06
██████Content management system software2018-07-18
██████████Fundraising software2018-07-18
██████Fundraising software2018-07-18
███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2018-07-18
█████████ █████████Mailing Services$187,4512018-06-01
██████ █████ █████ ██Digitizing Archive Audio$120,5052018-06-01
█████ ███Legal Services$138,4402018-06-01
...and 15 more vendors

Personnel at Chicago Public Media

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Golnar SheikholeslamiPresident and Chief Executive Officer$504,140Feb. 12, 2019
█████ █████Chief Financial Officer$179,213June 30, 2016
██████ ██████████Chief Marketing Officer / Vice President of Marketing and Membership$225,990June 30, 2018
██████ █ ███████Chief Digital Officer$243,201June 30, 2017
████ ██████Assistant Treasurer , Vice President of Finance / Vice President Finance$183,039June 30, 2018
█████████ ██████████Vice President Marketing and Membership$222,696June 30, 2017
████████ ████Vice President of Development / Vice President Development$206,803June 30, 2018
███ █████Vice President of Human Resources-March 21, 2017
███████ █████Vice President of Human Resources / Vice President Human Relations$169,492June 30, 2018
█████ ██████Vice President Systems$141,212June 30, 2016
...and 16 more key personnel

Peer radio broadcasting nonprofits

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2Radio Free Asia (RFA)501(c)(3)$50 millionWashington, DC
3New York Public Radio501(c)(3)$90 millionNew York, NY
4Capital Public Radio Inc501(c)(3)$10 millionSacramento, CA
5Vermont Public Radio (VPR)501(c)(3)$12 millionColchester, VT
6Pacifica Foundation Radio501(c)(3)$11 millionBerkeley, CA
7Rural California Broadcasting Corp KRCB-TV Channel 22 (KRCB)501(c)(3)$74 millionRohnert Park, CA
8Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)501(c)(3)$100 millionSaint Paul, MN
9Southern California Public Radio501(c)(3)$33 millionPasadena, CA
10Oregon Public Broadcasting501(c)(3)$37 millionPortland, OR
11Radio Free Europeradio Liberty (RFE/RL)501(c)(3)$119 millionWashington, DC
12Window To the World Communications (WTTW)501(c)(3)$44 millionChicago, IL
13Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPBN)501(c)(3)$22 millionHartford, CT
14WMHT Educational Telecommunications501(c)(3)$9.0 millionTroy, NY
15Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN)501(c)(3)$13 millionCharlotte, NC
16Far East Broadcasting Company501(c)(3)$9.4 millionLa Mirada, CA
17Wned-TV501(c)(3)$13 millionBuffalo, NY
18Eternal Word Television Network501(c)(3)$60 millionIrondale, AL
19National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)501(c)(6)$70 millionWashington, DC
20St Louis Regional Public Media501(c)(3)$9.5 millionSaint Louis, MO
21Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)501(c)(3)$95 millionArlington, VA
22RBC Ministries501(c)(3)$46 millionGrand Rapids, MI
23Rocky Mountain PBS501(c)(3)$16 millionDenver, CO
24Bott Radio Network501(c)(4)$15 millionOverland Park, KS
25Ligonier Ministries501(c)(3)$31 millionSanford, FL

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