aka NCTV17   |   Naperville, IL   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 36-3460409


To create an informed, connected and engaged community by telling local stories on TV (Channel 17) and online (!

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Spencer

Main address

127 Ambassador Dr Ste 103

Naperville, IL 60540 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Population served info



Adolescent parents

NTEE code info

Television (A32)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With today's 24-hour news cycle, politically influenced media conglomerates, and social media, it is hard for people to discern credible news sources. NCTV17 is dedicated to informing not influencing the residents of Naperville so they can make informed decisions at a local level about matters of importance. What’s important to note, and separates us from other local print media sources, is that all of our content is available for free and does not sit behind a paywall. This commitment to ‘accessibility’ goes back to NCTV17’s roots, beginning with public access to media via Channel 17. We believe the bedrock of a healthy democracy is freedom of the press and providing ALL residents with access to the local news they need to make informed decisions at a very local level. Our newsroom is staffed by professional journalists who adhere to a Code of Ethics.

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?

Naperville News 17

Naperville News 17 is the Naperville area’s only weekly television news program. From the local perspective on national news, to city news that matters to you, to an in-depth look at the people and places of our neighborhoods, Naperville News 17 is committed to building and celebrating community.

NCTV17 News Update delivers the latest news for Naperville and the surrounding area in a free two minute video delivered right to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Population(s) Served

Spotlight is a half hour talk show featuring three local not-for-profit organizations each episode. Spotlight provides Naperville’s not-for-profits an opportunity to present their mission to the community, discuss the programs and services they deliver, and announce new events – all within a lively interview format.

Population(s) Served

Keep a pulse on today's business scene by watching Business Connection, Naperville's only television business talk show! This 30-minute show features all types of businesses, from small pet grooming stores to major hospitals. In a free-flowing conversational interview, The host sits down in-studio with local business leaders and entrepreneurs who share their unique story - everything from what makes their business successful, to their involvement in the community.

Population(s) Served

Hosted by Joe Chura, this monthly show features engaging people, local places, and advice from experts, all to keep you connected in the 630! The goal of this program is to put our community on television:

Population(s) Served

Weekly sports program focused on both the boys' and girls' varsity sports from all six Naperville area high schools. From the opening kick-off in football to the finish line in track this fast-paced half-hour show brings fans the highlights, scores and in-depth stories not seen anywhere else.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Naperville News 17

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our following on Facebook has grown significantly due to the amount of local news we have provided our community since the onset of the pandemic; both in terms of live coverage and news stories.

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Naperville News 17

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

While our 2022 web page views declined, the intensity of the local news cycle was significantly reduced as the community moved on from COVID, etc.

Number of website sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Naperville News 17

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

As the fourth largest city in Illinois with over 149,000 residents, Naperville has grown very quickly in the 35 years NCTV17 has been in existence.

On a daily basis, NCTV17's goal is to provide impartial, fact-based, in-depth reporting on issues that affect the quality of life in Naperville, such as safety, education, recreation, housing, the cost of living, etc.

Our vision is to create an informed, connected and engaged community by telling local stories on TV and online.

As the only TV station completely focused on the Naperville area, the station is committed to providing residents with fact-based and timely news coverage of what is happening in all sectors of their city. We attend and report on the outcomes of City Council meetings, Planning & Zoning, Liquor Commission, School Boards, etc.

We produce a daily news e-blast that highlights the top 5-7 news stories of the day that is sent to 4,800+ subscribers and posted to our website and Facebook page so residents can view it for free in a number of ways.

We also produce 12-18 news stories a week that air on Channel 17, our website, YouTube and social media channels.

Residents are welcome to share any of our content with friends, family or on their own social media.

Importantly, we have a news tips email so residents can share their news tips and story ideas with our news team.

By staying true to our guiding principles NCTV17 will meet its goals.

* We tell local stories of significance that inform, connect and engage our community while simultaneously preserving Naperville's history for generations to come.

* We distribute stories in the format and on the platforms that meet the needs of the community and ensure the information is available to anyone who wants it.

* We engage the community in their local public-access channel by providing a means for residents to submit news tips, request event coverage, become an intern, and tour the station.

NCTV17 has been broadcasting in Naperville for 35 years and has grown into a premier source of information for this community.

As the pandemic began, our community looked to NCTV17 to provide them with relevant information at a very local level. And, we responded with televised messages from our mayor, police chief, hospital staff and more.

We delivered information about our local positivity rates, where to get tested, when and where the vaccine would be available - all focused on our specific geographic area. Our website visits grew from 75K/month in February 2020 to more than 300K/month in March 2020. Additionally, due to live news coverage throughout 2020 and into 2021 about important news such as local BLM protests, and an EF3 tornado, our Facebook followers also went from 10K to 40K by mid-2021.

We completed 2022 with 47K followers on Facebook, launched a new website to improve our mobile users' experience, and changed our domain to .org to better reflect our nonprofit status.

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?

    NCTV17 solicits news tips and story ideas from residents of Naperville. We receive ongoing feedback on our programming via our Facebook account, which has 47K followers. Our reporters are out in the field on a daily basis and receive anecdotal feedback from community members at government meetings, service club gatherings, school board meetings, etc. Our Executive Director and Community Development Director attend multiple functions on a monthly basis with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Clubs to stay connected to our constituents and what they expect from their local television station.

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    NCTV17 had been producing a video e-newsletter with the top news headlines of the day sent to subscribers Monday through Friday. With feedback from subscribers, we added written 'articles' to the email so people could skim the news and/or watch the video.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Naperville Community Television 2020 Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) 2019
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.54 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TELEVISION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,170 $9,704 $18,185 -$57,243 $203,292
As % of expenses 3.2% 0.8% 1.5% -4.4% 16.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$35,965 -$50,348 -$32,145 -$85,683 $178,976
As % of expenses -3.1% -4.1% -2.5% -6.5% 14.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,129,673 $1,170,763 $1,248,756 $1,237,167 $1,414,639
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.3% 3.6% 6.7% -0.9% 14.3%
Program services revenue 27.8% 26.7% 35.1% 29.1% 18.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Government grants 57.4% 55.9% 53.4% 58.3% 65.0%
All other grants and contributions 14.8% 17.2% 11.4% 12.5% 15.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,094,503 $1,161,059 $1,230,571 $1,294,410 $1,211,347
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.4% 6.1% 6.0% 5.2% -6.4%
Personnel 77.0% 77.3% 78.9% 79.9% 81.0%
Professional fees 4.5% 5.1% 5.1% 4.2% 2.1%
Occupancy 9.9% 10.0% 9.6% 7.2% 7.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 8.7% 7.5% 6.4% 8.8% 9.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,165,638 $1,221,111 $1,280,901 $1,322,850 $1,235,663
One month of savings $91,209 $96,755 $102,548 $107,868 $100,946
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $40,947
Total full costs (estimated) $1,256,847 $1,317,866 $1,383,449 $1,430,718 $1,377,556

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 7.2 6.7 6.5 5.7 8.0
Months of cash and investments 7.2 6.7 6.5 5.7 8.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.3 7.3 7.1 6.2 8.2
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $655,314 $645,057 $668,931 $617,957 $810,957
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $152,334 $77,126 $82,749 $102,159 $69,336
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $979,280 $1,035,696 $1,035,696 $1,035,696 $1,076,643
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.8% 82.2% 87.0% 89.8% 88.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.0% 4.0% 5.1% 8.8% 7.1%
Unrestricted net assets $943,751 $893,403 $861,258 $775,575 $954,551
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $943,751 $893,403 $861,258 $775,575 $954,551

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Spencer

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Kader Sakkaria

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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