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Trinity Broadcasting of Texas

Spreading the Gospel to the World

one star

66.29

2823 West Irving Boulevard Irving, TX 75061
tel: (972) 313-1333   Web Site
EIN: 74-1945661

CEO
Matthew W. Crouch
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 66.29 one star
  Financial 69.95 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00 one star
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Trinity Broadcasting of Texas produces and broadcasts religious television programs in Texas and provides low cost broadcasting to other non-affiliated organizations that also spread the Gospel to the world. Trinity Broadcasting Network (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.

Trinity Broadcasting of Texas produces and broadcasts religious television programs in Texas and provides low cost broadcasting to other non-affiliated organizations that also spread the Gospel to the world. Trinity Broadcasting Network (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.

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Financial

one star

69.95

Accountability & Transparency

one star

63.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
34.2%
  Administrative Expenses 59.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.12
  Program Expenses Growth -1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting of Texas on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting of Texas on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting of Texas (TX) 66.29 one star
Truth For Life (OH) 97.17 four stars
Lamb & Lion Ministries (TX) 95.54 four stars
Ave Maria Radio (MI) 89.02 three stars
Andrew Wommack Ministries (CO) 96.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,068,776
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $20,575,729
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,644,505
   Program Service Revenue $1,359,454
Total Primary Revenue $23,003,959
   Other Revenue $-86,898
TOTAL REVENUE $22,917,061
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,374,381
   Administrative Expenses $5,805,838
   Fundraising Expenses $543,617
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,723,836
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $14,193,225
   
Net Assets $25,096,917

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
Religious Broadcasting $2,374,381 100.0%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 66.29 one star
2017-12 10/01/2019 65.17 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 66.14 one star
 
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 68.75 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 65.36 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 66.60 one star
2008-12 06/01/2010 78.84 two stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 69.52 one star
2006-12 05/01/2008 65.96 one star
2005-12 03/01/2008 71.04 two stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 62.15 one star
2003-12 03/01/2005 69.45 one star
2002-12 01/01/2004 69.20 one star
2001-12 02/05/2003 67.71 one star

Historical CN Advisories

05/09/2012-06/01/2019: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the Trinity Broadcasting of Texas on June 1, 2019, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since May 9, 2012).
Charity Navigator had published a Moderate Concern CN Advisory on Trinity Broadcasting of Texas because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:
  • On May 4, 2012, The New York Times reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Trinity Broadcasting Network, an affiliate of Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, 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.

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

EIN 74-1945661
Name in IRS Master File TRINITY BROADCASTING OF TEXAS INC
NTEE Code X82
NTEE Classification Religious Television
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
(7) Evangelism
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 June, 1987
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$670,457 7.68% Matthew W. Crouch President
Other Salaries of Note
$317,833 3.64% Laurie M. Crouch Vice-President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting of Texas (TX) 66.29 one star
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Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass (WI) 86.79 three stars
KSBJ Educational Foundation (TX) 93.94 four stars
Living on the Edge (GA) 92.85 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Trinity Broadcasting of Texas
2823 West Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75061
tel: (972) 313-1333
EIN: 74-1945661

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CEO

Matthew W. Crouch
President

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