Better Business Bureau Report for
KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2019

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Charity Contact Information

Name: KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting
Address: 1670 North Virginia Street
  Reno, NV 89503
Phone: 775-784-4555
Web Address:
Also known as:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, NV
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "KNPB enriches, inspires, entertains, and delights our community while fostering civic responsibility, the sharing of ideas, exploration of our world, and the joy of learning."

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Evaluation Conclusions


KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Channel 5 Public Broadcasting (KNPB) is an independent, community-licensed public television station seen by more than 130,000 people weekly in Northern Nevada and Northeastern California. Its service area is 75,000-square-miles in size, and it is committed to providing high quality, mission-driven content for its community. KNPB provides national PBS programs in addition to local programming, and hands-on educational services delivered in Northern Nevada schools and community centers.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting's program expenses were:

Programming 988,345
Broadcasting 707,523
Marketing 698,382
Production 523,116
Education and outreach 235,289
Total Program Expenses: $3,152,655
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Chief Executive : Kurt Mische, President/CEO of Channel 5 Public Broadcasting

Chair of the Board: John Owens
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired Vice President, NV Energy

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 38

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,553,167, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

Source of Funds  
Membership 1,145,870
Corporation for Public Broadcasting 1,039,262
Foundations/private Grants 783,115
Net investment return 521,644
In-kind contributions 459,642
Silver Circle 352,419
Corporate support 288,811
Capital proceeds 210,161
State boards and education and.or state government 168,761
Gross special events revenue 118,895
Interest and other income 32,284
Education 17,178
PBS 4,500
Local boards and education and/or local government 3,315
Change in value of beneficial interest in assets held by community foundation 1,148
PBS copyright royalties 510
Bequests 500
Net assets released from restrictions
Less cost of direct benefits to donors -41,855
Total Income $5,106,160


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 18% 

Total income $5,106,160
Program expenses $3,152,655
Fund raising expenses 526,750
Administrative expenses 829,952
Total expenses $4,509,357
Income in Excess of Expenses 596,803
Beginning net assets 4,847,271
Ending net assets 5,444,074
Total liabilities 718,376
Total assets $6,162,450

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