Wgbh Educational Foundation

Wgbh Educational Foundation Overview

Wgbh Educational Foundation is located in Boston, MA. The organization was established in 1956. According to its NTEE Classification (A30) the organization is classified as: Media & Communications, under the broad grouping of Arts, Culture & Humanities and related organizations. As of 06/2020, Wgbh Educational Foundation employed 1,515 individuals. This organization is an independent organization and not affiliated with a larger national or regional group of organizations.

For the year ending 06/2020, Wgbh Educational Foundation generated $198.4m in total revenue. This represents relatively stable growth, over the past 5 years the organization has increased revenue by an average of 4.2% each year. All expenses for the organization totaled $222.3m during the year ending 06/2020. While expenses have increased by 2.5% per year over the past 5 years. They've been increasing with an increasing level of total revenue. You can explore the organizations financials more deeply in the financial statements section below.

Since 2015, Wgbh Educational Foundation has awarded 57 individual grants totaling $10,685,469. If you would like to learn more about the grant giving history of this organization, scroll down to the grant profile section of this page.

Mission & Program ActivityExcerpts From the 990 Filing

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2020

Describe the Organization's Mission:

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WGBH ENRICHES PEOPLE'S LIVES THROUGH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT EDUCATE, INSPIRE, AND ENTERTAIN, FOSTERING CITIZENSHIP AND CULTURE, THE JOY OF LEARNING, AND THE POWER OF DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES.

Describe the Organization's Program Activity:

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THE WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, BASED IN BOSTON, PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS, EVENTS AND SERVICES THAT POSITION IT AS ONE OF AMERICA'S PREEMINENT PUBLIC MEDIA INSTITUTIONS. FROM ITS ROOTS AS A LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO AND TV STATION, GBH HAS CONTINUALLY ENHANCED ITS SERVICE TO ITS COMMUNITY AND THE NATION AND HAS BECOME PBS'S SINGLE LARGEST PRODUCER OF NATIONAL CONTENT FOR TV AND THE WEB. GBH ALSO IS A MAJOR SOURCE OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND PROGRAMS FOR NPR AND IS AFFILIATED WITH PRX, ENABLING EXPANDED AUDIO CONTENT AND PODCAST DISTRIBUTION.GBH IS DEEPENING ITS COMMITMENT TO DELIVERING PROGRAMS THAT FOSTER OPPORTUNITY AND EQUITYENSURING THAT OUR CONTENT AND OUR WORKPLACE ARE INCLUSIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE, BROADENING THE REACH OF OUR NEWS OPERATIONS, AND REACHING OUR AUDIENCES WHERE THEY ARE. WE SHARE OUR STORIES ACROSS PLATFORMS ON OUR WEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA AND EMAIL NEWSLETTERS. THROUGH APPS AND PODCASTS AND THROUGH VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON EVENTS (WHEN SAFE TO DO SO), WE OFFER NEWS PANELS, MUSIC EVENTS AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. IN 2020, GBH LAUNCHED THE STATE OF RACE, A SERIES OF VIRTUAL PANELS THAT EXAMINE RACE AND INEQUALITY. GBH PRESENTS STORYTELLING THAT EDUCATES, INSPIRES, ENTERTAINS AND CONNECTS PEOPLE WITH IDEAS AND WITH ONE ANOTHER, CREATING A BRIDGE ACROSS CULTURES TO THE WORLD AROUND US. FOR 65 YEARS, THAT MISSION HAS REMAINED CONSTANT, FROM SUCH LOCAL PRODUCTIONS AS BASIC BLACK AND HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ SHOW TO NATIONAL SERIES LIKE ARTHUR, MOLLY OF DENALI, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, MASTERPIECE, FRONTLINE, NOVA AND ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.GBH HAS LONG BEEN A TRUSTED PARTNER TO EDUCATORS, PARENTS AND CHILDREN, CREATINGHIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT GIVE KIDS OPPORTUNITIES FORSUCCESS. WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED IN MARCH 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GBH WAS THE GO-TO RESOURCE FOR THE STATE AND NATION, CREATING A DISTANCE LEARNING CENTER THAT PROVIDED FREE BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESOURCES, TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS AND PROGRAM ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES. OUR FIVE-HOUR AFTERNOON EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION BLOCK ON GBH WORLD REACHED 1.4 MILLION VIEWERS NATIONALLY. GBH CONTINUALLY ENHANCES THE OFFERINGS OF PBS LEARNINGMEDIA, THE FREE, ONLINE DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICE DEVELOPED BY GBH AND PBS. MORE THAN 100,000 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS ARE ALIGNED WITH CURRICULUM STANDARDS AND USED BY EDUCATORS IN EVERY STATE. WE PROVIDE DIRECT LEARNING SERVICES TO BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WITH A FOCUS ON NEW IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. IN 2021, THREE GBH PROGRAMSFRONTINE, NOVA AND AMERICAN EXPERIENCEWON THE COVETED ALFRED I. DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARD FOR JOURNALISM. IN 2020, WITH THE PANDEMIC, A RECKONING ON RACIAL INJUSTICE AND A DIVISIVE ELECTION, FRONTLINE PRODUCED MORE THAN 20 DOCUMENTARIES AND 30 PODCAST EPISODES, AND ITS ONLINE STREAMING NUMBERS QUADRUPLED. NOVA, THE MOST-USED SCIENCE RESOURCE IN AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOLS, CONTINUED TO EXPAND ITS MULTIPLATFORM OFFERINGS WITH DIGITAL SHORTS, PODCASTS AND ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING. POLAR EXTREMES EXPLORED THE CLIMATE HISTORY OF THE POLES AND FEATURED A COMPANION DIGITAL SERIES ANTARCTIC EXTREMES THAT TRACKS THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF SCIENTISTS WHO WERE STUDYING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRODUCED A SUITE OF DIGITAL SHORTS, INTERACTIVES, IMAGE GALLERIES AND INTERVIEWS TO COMPLEMENT ITS PROGRAMMING AND ENGAGE AUDIENCES ACROSS PLATFORMS. THE VOTE CHARTED AMERICAN WOMENS DETERMINED MARCH TO THE BALLOT BOX AND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY VIRTUAL EVENTS WITH PARTNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.MOLLY OF DENALI, LAUNCHED IN 2019 AS THE FIRST CHILDRENS PROGRAM TO FEATURE AN ALASKA NATIVE AS THE LEAD, WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE 2020 TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING AND THE 2020 GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD IN CHILDRENS PROGRAMMING. ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING LOCAL NEWS PROVIDERS IN GREATER BOSTON, GBH NEWS WAS AWARDED FIVE 2020 REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS, INCLUDING ONE FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE. WHEN THE PANDEMIC TOOK HOLD IN 2020, GBH NEWS LAUNCHED A NEW NIGHTLY CALL-IN NEWS PROGRAM IN IT TOGETHER, WHICH BUILT A COMMUNITY OF LISTENERS TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH EXPERTS, DOCTORS, PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO INTERPRETED THE DAY'S COVID-19 NEWS. OTHER GBH PROGRAMS, INCLUDING BASIC BLACK, GREATER BOSTON AND BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO WEEK DISCUSSED ALL OF THE WAYS THAT COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED OUR LIVES AND THE MULTIPLATFORM INITIATIVE COVID AND THE CLASSROOM, FOLLOWED THREE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS DURING THIS UNCONVENTIONAL SCHOOL YEAR.THROUGH MUSIC, ART, DRAMA, HEALTH AND COOKING, GBH PROGRAMS EXPLORE CULTURES ACROSS THE GLOBE. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, ONE OF AMERICAS TOP-WATCHED PRIMETIME SHOWS, IN 2020 CELEBRATED ITS 500TH EPISODE AND LAUNCHED A COMPANION PODCAST DETOURS, WHICH UNCOVERS SECRETS AND SURPRISES FROM BEHIND THE SCENES. GBH STUDIO SIX PRODUCED BLOOD SUGAR RISING, WHICH FOLLOWED THE DIABETES EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA, AND H2O: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE US REVEALED HOW WATER UNDERPINS EVERY ASPECT OF OUR EXISTENCE.GBHS EMERGING PLATFORMS INITIATIVE FOCUSES ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF PUBLIC MEDIA FANS WITH THE GOAL TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW FORMS OF STORYTELLING ON NEW PLATFORMS FOR NEW AUDIENCES. IN 2020, IT CREATED CHAT PLAYS GBH, WHICH BROUGHT SOME OF GBH'S MOST-LOVED PROGRAMS TO NEW AUDIENCES AT HOME DURING A FIVE-HOUR INTERACTIVE LIVE STREAMING VARIETY SHOW PRODUCED ACROSS TWITCH, YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK.GBH IS A PIONEER IN MAKING MEDIA ACCESSIBLE FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. IN 2020, OUR CARL AND RUTH SHAPIRO FAMILY NATIONAL CENTER FOR ACCESSIBLE MEDIA (NCAM) PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN IMPROVING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF VOTING INFORMATION AND THE VOTING EXPERIENCE ITSELF FOR THE MORE THAN 35 MILLION U.S. VOTERS WHO HAVE A DISABILITY.


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Wgbh Educational Foundation Board, Officers & Key Employees

Name (title)Compensation
Paula Apsell
Sr Ep Thru 5/19
$972,298
Jonathan C Abbott
President & CEO
$719,320
Claudia Palmer
COO
$460,250
James Braude
Host Exec Editor
$444,999
John Bredar
VP National Programming
$437,123
Raney Aronson
Exec Producer
$431,949

Wgbh Educational Foundation Vendors

Vendor Name (Service)Compensation
Ark Media Llc
Program Production
$3,135,298
Kirk Documentary Group
Program Production
$2,713,066
Bbc Studios America Inc
Program Production
$4,427,460
Rain Media Inc
Program Production
$2,319,307
Left Right Llc
Program Production
$1,922,185
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Financial Statements

Statement of Revenue
Federated campaigns$0
Membership dues$28,595,914
Fundraising events$0
Related organizations$2,743,527
Government grants $6,474,847
All other contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts not included above$72,432,356
Noncash contributions included in lines 1a–1f $2,666,179
Total Revenue from Contributions, Gifts, Grants & Similar$110,246,644
Total Program Service Revenue$60,437,197
Investment income $2,744,143
Tax Exempt Bond Proceeds $0
Royalties $3,110,392
Net Rental Income -$567,493
Net Gain/Loss on Asset Sales $7,493,173
Net Income from Fundraising Events -$395,514
Net Income from Gaming Activities $0
Net Income from Sales of Inventory $0
Miscellaneous Revenue$0
Total Revenue $198,376,753

Wgbh Educational Foundation Grants Awarded

Over the last fiscal year, Wgbh Educational Foundation has awarded $1,402,603 in support to 8 organizations.

Grant RecipientAmount

NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE

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Corona, NY

PURPOSE: Digital media assets

$333,333

THE FILME POSSE INC

PURPOSE: Co-production services for programs

$270,000

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Waltham, MA

PURPOSE: Research services for programs

$254,716

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SB

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Santa Barbara, CA

PURPOSE: Research services for programs

$205,000

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

PURPOSE: Evaluation services for project

$151,336

New York, NY

PURPOSE: Program services for the project

$130,108
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Wgbh Educational Foundation Grants Recieved

Over the last fiscal year, we have identified 43 grants that Wgbh Educational Foundation has recieved totaling $603,437.

Awarding OrganizationAmount
San Simeon Fund

San Francisco, CA

PURPOSE: MASTERPIECE TRUST AND NOVA TEAM

$350,000
Janet Traeger Salz Charitable Trust

New York, NY

PURPOSE: SUPPORT OFMASTERPIECE TRUSTAND AMERICAN CATALYST PROGRAMMING

$100,000
Redwall Foundation Inc

Cambridge, MA

PURPOSE: ONGOING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

$25,000
Tiaa Charitable Inc

Charlotte, NC

PURPOSE: Annual Suuport

$21,475
Cape Cod Foundation Inc

South Yarmouth, MA

PURPOSE: GENERAL SUPPORT

$20,288
Ruth H & Warren A Ellsworth Foundation

Worcester, MA

PURPOSE: CAPITAL EXPENSES RELATED TO WORCESTE

$15,000
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Endowment Analysis

Beg. Balance$330,884,688
Earnings$24,135,808
Admin Expense$5,118,125
Net Contributions$3,136,758
Other Expense$11,613,997
Ending Balance$341,425,132

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