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Media for Good

aka KSPS Public Television   |   Spokane, WA   |  www.ksps.org

Mission

KSPS Public Television provides programs and events that entertain, engage and educate to enrich all the communities we serve.

KSPS-TV is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television station headquartered in Spokane, Washington. We reach more than 2.3-million households in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, Alberta, and beyond. Viewers hail from Calgary, Edmonton, Coeur d'Alene, Kalispell, Wenatchee, Moscow, and hundreds of cities and towns across one of the largest Nielsen Designated Market Areas in the nation. We broadcast our main signal from our site at Krell Hill, a.k.a. "Tower Mountain." Our headquarters, offices, and over 4,400 square-feet of studio space are on the Joel E. Ferris High School grounds in the South Gate neighborhood on Spokane's south hill.

Notes from the nonprofit

KSPS PBS is honored to serve the Inland Northwest in the United States and Canada, using our media talents to make our region even better.

Ruling year info

1975

President & General Manager

Mr. Gary Stokes

Main address

3911 S Regal St

Spokane, WA 99223 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Seven

EIN

23-7203753

NTEE code info

Television (A32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As media corporations of everykind address changes in viewership and support, KSPS PBS will become more relevant to our community by addressing the problems of access to learning by: - expanding our educational outreach to include in-person afterschool programs, development of remote educational resources and training teachers to access assets provided by PBSLearningmedia.org. - we'll highlight work opportunities and how to attain them through CareerExploreNW.org -we'll develop a weekly television show highlighting regional artists -we'll increase community awareness and knowledge of the governmental process through Civics Bowl: an educational quiz show for area high school students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Acquisition of Children's Programming

The acquisition of the PBS program block for Children is a top priority for KSPS. These programs include Sesame Street, Super Why, Curious George, Dragon Tales and Word Girl. KSPS is committed to keeping these and other children's programs on the air that provide trusted, education for our youngest viewers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Iconic series such as The NewsHour, Antiques Roadshow, Nova, Masterpiece Mystery!, Frontline, and Nature are some of the most important  programs that make Public Television a valuable community resource that people trust and depend on.     Funding these is becoming an issue because major corporations such as GM that have provided the financial resources for national productions such as Masterpiece - are no longer able to do that. Local corporate suppoort is declining as well which means viewer support is more important than ever.

 

What this means is that PBS stations, including KSPS, are being asked to contribute more dollars to keep local productions and these vital PBS and indendent series in production and on the air. We know these programs are essential and we will do everything in our power to keep them strong!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

KSPS produces documentaries that preserve the history and tell the stories of the people, places and events throughout the vast region that is served. Examples of this are Remember When: Nat Park; Spirit of Alberta; Secret Mission: Hanford; Farragut: America's Landlocked Navy; Uncharted Territory: David Thompson; Sculpted by Floods; Bing: Going My Way and Davenport Hotel: Grand Again. Currently we are producing a documentary on Prohibition in the Inland Northwest (US & Canada) that will coincide with the upcoming special by the noted producer Ken Burns on Prohibition.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

KSPS will serve diverse communities by supplying unique educational resources and programs that support life-long learning.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

KSPS Fitkids is a series of on-air vignettes and "real-life" events that encourage nutrition and healthy life styles for kids and their families.

Population(s) Served
Families

KSPS Public Television, in partnership with regional corporations and educational school districts, is creating CareerExploreNW.org: a website to help create ready-to-work young adults with living wage jobs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Public Broadcasting Management Association 1975

National Committee on Planned Giving 1992

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 1990

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2011

Chamber of Commerce 1980

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Young adults

Related Program

KSPS Education Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In FYE 21, the Friends of KSPS received a large multi -year grant to focus educational opportunities in challenged neighborhoods in Spokane, WA.

Total number of periodical subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Iconic program series on KSPS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number includes hard-copy and on-line editions of our monthly PREVUE program guide.

Total annual memberships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Related Program

Iconic program series on KSPS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number is essentially stable.

Total number sustainer memberships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Iconic program series on KSPS

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We experience continued success in retention of our sustainer donors, ranking in the top10% of all PBS affiliates.

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Family relationships

Related Program

KSPS Education Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In the 2021-22 FY, we have decided to decrease the overall numbers of students and focus efforts on a smaller, most at risk group at the most challenged schools in the Spokane system.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At KSPS PBS, this trust is our strength and our hope.
Declines in government funding and rapid changes in
how people consume information mean that KSPS must
evolve if we are to continue to serve the public good, promote lifelong learning, and provide a
unifying, edifying voice for every member of our community.
Our business plan t is our guide to extend and deepen our public service through four major community
building initiatives around education, workforce development, arts & culture, and health care. It is
a draft presented to KSPS’s closest supporters and partners for their review and feedback. While
our traditional programs are not going away, we have defined these four pillars, focus areas for
developing our outreach and partnerships, to bring more people together in exploration and efforts
that build stronger communities for us all.
1. Education: partner with public libraries and schools to serve growing numbers of low-income
families with children pre-K to grade 3, enabling significant gains in learning outcomes via our
proven educational tools and curricula.
2. Workforce: partner with businesses and organizations to build a talent pipeline and support
workforce and economic development in each of our major markets: Spokane, Coeur D’Alene,
Calgary and Edmonton.
3. Arts & Culture: curate and share great local arts and culture programming that otherwise
wouldn’t be accessible, providing cultural diversity, enlightenment and inspiration possible only
with the examination of who we are.
4. Civic Health: foster civic engagement and health with coverage of happenings in state and local
government; panels and journalism covering elections, debates, and current issues; and
programming presenting challenges and solutions around public health, homelessness,

We will sustain and expand our donor base by determining membership and viewer demographics, improving our process of informing and engaging viewers and continued careful stewardship of our relationships with our partners. We'll continue to engage and expand innovative education partnerships. Finally we'll fund our mission by excellent donor stewardship, identifying strategic partnerships, raising the overall level of giving and attracting new donors. We are actively diversifying our 'pledge' based donor program to include major giving, planned giving, grants and Endowment development.

In addition to excellent, educational television shows for all ages, we'll actively engage the communities we serve to assess needs and use our media talents to serve.

Our best talent is our excellent customer service and the terrific relationship we have with our dedicated donors. Our best resource is the passionate regard our viewers have for our product: excellent television. 1/3 of our donor base, our Canadians, donate without receiving a tax credit.

Our staff specializes in customer service, corporate outreach, major gifts and grants, and of course, the production and broadcast of television at its best: entertaining, educational and engaging. We are actively pursuing a diversified fund raising approach, providing our donors access to giving at every level, from basic memberships to Estate giving. Our goal is to create "Media for Good" that will make us indispensable to the Spokane metropolitan region, rural eastern Washington and western Canada.

To date, our major successes have been in expanding our base and innovative educational partnerships. Our product, television that enriches our viewers, is available to everyone free of charge. After 50 years, KSPS Public Television remains the premiere PBS affiliate in the Inland Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

Our major giving program has doubled in the last five years. We know we have 80 + estate gifts in our future and assume there are many more such gifts awaiting, as most donors choose not to inform us of their intentions. We have specific steps in place to remedy that situation and provide better stewardship to those donors.

During the covid-19 health emergency, KSPS provided indispensable education resources for teachers, students and their families, improving remote learning and making the best of a chaotic school year. Our education professionals are actively involved in planning our education outreach, post covid, to determine how best to use our talents, connections and the valuable resources to make learning even better in our region.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Spokane region is a diverse community serving rural and urban inhabitants. Most K-12 students qualify for school lunch support. Our largest ethnic groups are Native America and Eastern European immigrants (Russian and Ukraine).

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are increasing our outreach via streaming and online access. We recently comitted to the ongoing production of a new show that features local artists, musicians and creatives.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We hope that our constituents find KSPS to be more relevant and useful to their daily lives.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 3/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey Adams

Smith & Adams, P.S.

Term: 2020 -

Vincent Alfonso

Gonzaga University

Klay Dyer

Dyer Educational & Research Consultants, Edmonton CA

Jon Heideman

TEN Capital Wealth Advisors

Shannon Scheiwiller

Clean Energy Collective

Roberta Brooke

Community Activist

Marti D'Agostino

Community Activist

Craig Gracyalny

Providence Health Care

Rosemary Selinger

Community Activist

James Alexie

Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Addy Hatch

WSU College of Nursing

Kim Lloyd

Washington Trust Bank

Shannon Scheiwiller

Clean Energy Collective

Judy DeForest

Community Activist / Calgary

Kristine Meyer

Avista Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.