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Trust for Public Land

CharityWatch report issued
June 2017

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

Trust for Public Land
101 Montgomery St.
Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94104

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Creates parks & protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2016

Program Percentage: 78%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $12

How many dollars Trust for Public Land 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
Trust for Public Land IRS Form 990 23-7222333
Trust for Public Land & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Trust for Public Land
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7222333
Entity: Trust for Public Land & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
Trust for Public Land
meets governance benchmarks.
Trust for Public Land
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 William B. Rogers President/CEO $589,409
2 Margie Bermeo Chief Philanthropy Officer $271,457
3 Adrian Benepe Senior VP $267,895
Name: William B. Rogers
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $589,409
Name: Margie Bermeo
Title: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Compensation: $271,457
Name: Adrian Benepe
Title: Senior VP
Compensation: $267,895

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.
CharityWatch's rating of Trust for Public Land is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID#23-7222333) and does not include the related 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, The Conservation Campaign (tax ID#04-3515341). CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for The Conservation Campaign at this time due to its relatively small size.

Coast Dairies and Land Company (CDLC) is a separate public charity controlled by Trust for Public Land. According to the Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of March 31, 2016, "During fiscal year 2016, Coast Dairies and Land Company, Inc. was legally dissolved." CDLC transferred cash to Trust for Public Land in the amount of $1,966,163 on 3/7/2016 "to dissolve organization," according to CDLC's fiscal 2016 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedules I & N).
According to the Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of March 31, 2016 (Note 14, Contract Commitments):

"The Trust had future construction contract commitments for parks and playgrounds of approximately $6,451,000 and $3,895,000 as of March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Trust funds its park and playground work through cost reimbursement contracts and restricted operating grants."

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