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Religion : Religious Media and Broadcasting (Grantmaking)

Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona

World's largest Christian network

one star

67.14

3551 East McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: (602) 273-1477   Web Site
EIN: 86-0335082

Board Leadership
Matthew and Laurie Crouch
Co-Chairs

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 67.14 one star
  Financial 78.14 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 59.00 one star
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona produces and broadcasts religious television programs in Arizona 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 Arizona produces and broadcasts religious television programs in Arizona 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.

Financial

two stars

78.14

Accountability & Transparency

one star

59.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
72.8%
  Administrative Expenses 20.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.80
  Program Expenses Growth 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona (AZ) 67.14 one star
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries (AR) 89.50 three stars
World Christian Broadcasting (TN) 88.04 three stars
Zola Levitt Ministries (TX) 88.84 three stars
Proverbs 31 Ministries (NC) 94.31 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,037,777
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,037,777
   Program Service Revenue $1,410,383
Total Primary Revenue $2,448,160
   Other Revenue $16,249
TOTAL REVENUE $2,464,409
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,997,207
   Administrative Expenses $379,553
   Fundraising Expenses $1,258
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,378,018
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $86,391
   
Net Assets $2,041,875

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 $1,997,207 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2020 67.14 one star
2017-12 10/01/2019 65.70 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 65.05 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 62.98 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 71.62 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 82.27 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 73.89 two stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 72.81 two stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 61.22 one star
2005-12 03/01/2008 71.72 two stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 67.09 one star
2003-12 05/01/2005 65.20 one star

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

EIN 86-0335082
Name in IRS Master File TRINITY BROADCASTING OF ARIZONA INC
NTEE Code X82
NTEE Classification Religious Television
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (121) Radio or television broadcasting
(29) Other religious 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 July, 1976
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
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona (AZ) 67.14 one star
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Educational Media Foundation (CA) 93.30 four stars
Changed Lives (TN) 87.81 three stars
In Touch Ministries (GA) 94.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona
3551 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: (602) 273-1477
EIN: 86-0335082

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Board Leadership

Matthew and Laurie Crouch
Co-Chairs

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