Celebrating 30 years of helping you give wisely
America's most independent,
assertive charity watchdog
Top Rated

Trevor Project

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

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

Trevor Project
PO Box 69232
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning young people.

View similar charities
Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 07/31/2019

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Trevor Project's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $6

How many dollars Trevor Project spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The Trevor Project IRS Form 990 95-4681287
The Trevor Project Audited Financial Statements 95-4681287
Entity: The Trevor Project
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-4681287
Entity: The Trevor Project
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 95-4681287

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Trevor Project
meets governance benchmarks.
Trevor Project
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
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Amit Paley CEO/Executive Director $314,436
2 Sam Dorison Chief of Staff $159,769
3 Braden P. Lay-Michaels Chief Development Officer $134,658
Name: Amit Paley
Title: CEO/Executive Director
Compensation: $314,436
Name: Sam Dorison
Title: Chief of Staff
Compensation: $159,769
Name: Braden P. Lay-Michaels
Title: Chief Development Officer
Compensation: $134,658

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 Trevor Project audit of July 31, 2019 (Note 6, In-Kind Services):

"For the years ended July 31, 2019 and 2018, the Organization received donated legal services amounting to $1,758,634 and $1,442,265, respectively."

[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.]

Related External Articles