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Religion : Religious Media and Broadcasting

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Spreading the Gospel to the world

62.84

P.O. Box A Santa Ana, CA 92711
tel: (714) 832-2950   Web Site
EIN: 95-2844062

CEO
Matthew W. Crouch
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 62.84
  Financial 92.47
  Accountability & Transparency 48.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) produces and broadcasts religious television programs and provides low cost broadcasting to other non-affiliated organizations that also spread the Gospel to the world. TBN is now the world's largest Christian television network. Across America and around the world TBN is carried by TV stations and cable systems to millions of homes. TBN is featured on over 5,000 television stations, 33 satellites, the Internet and thousands of cable systems around the world, and the number continues to grow.

Founded in 1973, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) produces and broadcasts religious television programs and provides low cost broadcasting to other non-affiliated organizations that also spread the Gospel to the world. TBN is now the world's largest Christian television network. Across America and around the world TBN is carried by TV stations and cable systems to millions of homes. TBN is featured on over 5,000 television stations, 33 satellites, the Internet and thousands of cable systems around the world, and the number continues to grow.

Financial

92.47

Accountability & Transparency

48.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.38
  Program Expenses Growth 94.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting Network (CA) 62.84
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In Touch Ministries (GA) 94.44
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,914,812
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $40,423,098
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $42,337,910
   Program Service Revenue $35,172,447
Total Primary Revenue $77,510,357
   Other Revenue $4,011,813
TOTAL REVENUE $81,522,170
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $893,034,895
   Administrative Expenses $32,946,814
   Fundraising Expenses $9,132,751
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $935,114,460
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-853,592,290
   
Net Assets $174,938,656

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Support to Affiliates $834,868,954 93.5%
Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana $26,074,226 2.9%
Support to Ministries $575,000 < 0.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 62.84
2018-12 06/01/2020 74.02
2017-12 06/01/2019 71.42
2016-12 06/01/2018 74.37
 
CN 2.0
2010-12 05/09/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • On May 4, 2012, The New York Times reported that a former employee of Trinity Broadcasting Network has two pending lawsuits against the charity which allege company-paid luxuries that appear to violate the IRS's ban on excess compensation by nonprofit organizations as well as possibly state and federals laws on false bookkeeping and self-dealing. The employee is the granddaughter of the charity's leaders, Paul and Janice Crouch.
  • The Orange County Register has also been reporting about the charges leveled by the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network's Paul and Jan Crouch. You can follow their reporting here.
  • On September 18, 2012, the Orange County Register reported that "federal judge David O. Carter threatened to brand the mighty Trinity Broadcasting Network a "vexatious litigant" and forbid it from filing more lawsuits against the granddaughter of Trinity's founders." The judge went on to note that "plaintiff Trinity has brought, either directly or through its corporate agents, at least six lawsuits against Michael and Brittany (Koper) since terminating them on September 30, 2011." For more information, see the newspaper's blog post.
  • On December 26, 2013, The Christian Post reported that Carra Crouch, granddaughter of televangelists Jan and Paul Crouch, sued TBN, her grandmother, and TBN attorney John Castoria "alleging that they failed to report her rape to the police. Carra alleges that the California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act required Jan to report this crime." It is reported that "Carra's case is scheduled to go to trial on July 21, 2014." For more information, see The Christian Post article.
  • On February 3rd, 2015, "Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., [...] alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday [January 29, 2015] that top bosses in the organization threatened her life with a gun and fired her and her husband, Michael, [in 2011] after she refused to illegally funnel some $100 million of charitable assets to their personal accounts." For more information, please see the Christian Post article.
2010-12 04/01/2012 71.44
2009-12 09/20/2011 70.41
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 75.19
2008-12 07/01/2010 83.51
2007-12 08/01/2009 86.46
2006-12 06/01/2008 81.96
2005-12 12/15/2007 82.94
2004-12 06/01/2006 77.41
2003-12 03/01/2005 78.88
2002-12 01/01/2004 75.46
2001-12 10/15/2002 81.94
2000-12 04/15/2002 85.26

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-2844062
Name in IRS Master File TRINITY CHRISTIAN CENTER OF SANTA ANA INC
NTEE Code X20
NTEE Classification Christian
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (7) Evangelism
(29) Other religious activities
(6) Missionary activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1977
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$691,973 0.07% Matthew W. Crouch President

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Charity Contact Info

Trinity Broadcasting Network
P.O. Box A
Santa Ana, CA 92711
tel: (714) 832-2950
EIN: 95-2844062

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CEO

Matthew W. Crouch
President

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