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Trust for Public Land

CharityWatch report issued
December 2019

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

10 Minute Walk

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 03/31/2018

Program Percentage: 82%

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: $14

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
The Trust for Public Land & Affiliate Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
The Trust for Public Land IRS Form 990 (4/1/17-3/31/18) 23-7222333
The Trust for Public Land IRS Form 990 (4/1/18-6/30/18) 23-7222333
Entity: The Trust for Public Land & Affiliate
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: The Trust for Public Land
Document Type: IRS Form 990 (4/1/17-3/31/18)
Tax ID: 23-7222333
Entity: The Trust for Public Land
Document Type: IRS Form 990 (4/1/18-6/30/18)
Tax ID: 23-7222333

Governance & Transparency

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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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 William B. Rogers Past President/CEO $498,763
2 Adrian Benepe Senior VP $278,440
3 Margie Bermeo Chief Philanthropy Officer $273,110
Name: William B. Rogers
Title: Past President/CEO
Compensation: $498,763
Name: Adrian Benepe
Title: Senior VP
Compensation: $278,440
Name: Margie Bermeo
Title: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Compensation: $273,110

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) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, The Trust for Public Land Action Fund (tax ID #04-3515341). CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for the Action Fund at this time due to its relatively small size.

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page.

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According to The Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 2a, Principles of Consolidation):

"The Board of Directors approved the changing of the Trust's fiscal year end from March 31 to June 30 for the period ending June 30, 2018. Accordingly, the 2018 consolidated financial statements include 15 months of activities for the period from April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018."

[NOTE: CharityWatch's rating of Trust for Public Land includes the Trust's financial activities for the 12-month period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The Trust filed an IRS Form 990 for the 12-month period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and the 3-month period of April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.]

According to The Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 14, Commitments and Contingencies, Contract Commitments):

"The Trust had future construction contract commitments for parks and playgrounds of approximately $10,830,000 as of June 30, 2018. The Trust funds its park and playground work through cost reimbursement contracts and restricted operating grants."

According to The Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 18, Reorganization):

"On July 11, 2018, the Trust restructured the organization to enable growth and catalytic leadership. The Trust incurred restructuring costs of approximately $2,367,000 subsequent to year-end and estimates an additional approximately $643,000 through the end of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019."

According to The Trust for Public Land (TPL) tax filing for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, TPL reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4A):

"Ray Christman received severance payment of $70,000 in calendar year 2017."

[Ray Christman is reported as "Senior VP (thru 9/1/17)," with total compensation of $271,474 in calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).]

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