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CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Spreading the Gospel to the world

two stars

74.37

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

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On May 4, 2012, The New York Times reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Trinity Broadcasting Network, in an article titled, "Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The New York Times article.

  • On September 18, 2012, The Orange County Register published an article titled, "Trinity escapes 'vexatious litigant' label -- for now." For more information, please see The Orange County Register article.

  • On December 26, 2013, The Christian Post published an article titled, "Court Battles Continue Between TBN and Televangelist Jan Crouch's Granddaughters." For more information, please see The Christian Post article.

  • On February 3, 2015, The Christian Post published an article titled, "TBN Execs Threatened Founder's Granddaughter With Gun, Fired Her for Refusing to Skim $100M of Charitable Assets, Lawsuit Claims." For more information, please see The Christian Post article.

  • On May 9, 2017, The Mercury News published an article titled, "Child rape claim reveals dark secrets of California televangelist family." For more information, please see The Mercury News article.

  • On June 6, 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an article titled, "Jury awards televangelist's granddaughter $2 million in Trinity Broadcasting molestation scandal." For more information, please see The Los Angeles Times article.

  • On June 6, 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an article titled, "Molestation scandal is latest setback to once-mighty Trinity Broadcasting Network." For more information, please see The Los Angeles Times article.


This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.37 two stars
  Financial 85.04 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 67.00 one star
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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

three stars

85.04

Accountability & Transparency

one star

67.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
67.7%
  Administrative Expenses 25.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.21
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.1%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting Network (CA) 74.37 two stars
EWTN (AL) 86.61 three stars
Grace to You (CA) 90.99 four stars
Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef (GA) 95.94 four stars
World Christian Broadcasting (TN) 89.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $53,613,304
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $10,201,221
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $63,814,525
   Program Service Revenue $53,581,152
Total Primary Revenue $117,395,677
   Other Revenue $26,069,600
TOTAL REVENUE $143,465,277
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $122,360,247
   Administrative Expenses $43,563,432
   Fundraising Expenses $13,162,151
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $179,085,830
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-35,620,553
   
Net Assets $699,831,300

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
Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana $81,982,722 67.0%
Support to Affiliates $20,564,527 16.8%
Support to Ministries $16,600,225 13.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 74.37 two stars
-- 09/01/2016 --Moderate Concern Advisory

On May 4, 2012, The New York Times reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Trinity Broadcasting Network, in an article titled, "Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The New York Times article.

 
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 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 70.41 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 75.19 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 83.51 three stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 86.46 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 81.96 three stars
2005-12 12/15/2007 82.94 three stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 77.41 two stars
2003-12 03/01/2005 78.88 two stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 75.46 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 81.94 three stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 85.26 three stars

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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$142,562 0.07% Janice W. Crouch President $142,562

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting Network (CA) 74.37 two stars
Changed Lives (TN) 94.37 four stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 89.08 three stars
World Christian Broadcasting (TN) 89.67 three stars
Proverbs 31 Ministries (NC) 89.41 three stars

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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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