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Center for Victims of Torture

CharityWatch report issued
June 2021

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Center for Victims of Torture
2356 University Avenue West
Suite 430
St. Paul, MN 55114-1860

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To heal the wounds of torture and to stop torture worldwide.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2020

Program Percentage: 76%

The percentage of Center for Victims of Torture's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $24

How many dollars Center for Victims of Torture spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Center for Victims of Torture's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
76% $22
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Center for Victims of Torture IRS Form 990 36-3383933
Center for Victims of Torture Audited Financial Statements 36-3383933
Entity: Center for Victims of Torture
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3383933
Entity: Center for Victims of Torture
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 36-3383933

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
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Center for Victims of Torture
meets governance benchmarks.
Center for Victims of Torture
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Curtis Goering Executive Director $265,430
2 Ruth Barrett Rendler Deputy Director $188,828
3 Fawn Bernhardt-Novell Director of Development $182,177
Name: Curtis Goering
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $265,430
Name: Ruth Barrett Rendler
Title: Deputy Director
Compensation: $188,828
Name: Fawn Bernhardt-Novell
Title: Director of Development
Compensation: $182,177

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) audit of September 30, 2020 (Note 12, Donated Professional Services and Materials), CVT received donated professional services and materials in fiscal 2020 on which it placed a total value of $326,737. Of this amount, $324,397 consisted of donated in-kind legal services.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) audit of September 30, 2020 (Note 8, Payroll Protection Program Loan):

"CVT was granted a loan under the PPP [Paycheck Protection Program] administered by a Small Business Administration (SBA) approved partner. The loan is uncollateralized and is fully guaranteed by the Federal government. CVT is eligible for loan forgiveness of up to 100% of the loan, upon meeting certain requirements. CVT has recorded a note payable [in the amount of $1,602,063] and will record the forgiveness upon being legally released from the loan obligation by the SBA. No forgiveness income has been recorded for the year ended September 30, 2020. CVT will be required to repay any remaining balance. CVT believes they have met all the requirements for the PPP loan to be forgiven and is in the process of submitting the application for forgiveness."

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