88% of our budget goes directly to our programs.

California Trout maintains a strong financial position and growing base of private and public support. Gifts from more than 10,000 members combined with contributions from loyal foundations, corporations, volunteers, and public agency partners demonstrate the compelling importance of CalTrout’s work.

The past year has been a strength-building exercise for CalTrout’s fiscal landscape. The growth has followed our strategic and annual planning, leaping to a $19.7 million budget in fiscal year 2022, a 38% increase in work over the past fiscal. That growth is a direct reflection of the increased scope and scale of our conservation work. Our projects are increasingly landscape-level, multi-year, and multi-million dollar. State and federal grants provide important funding for this work, but it starts with individuals like you to provide the seed money that allows us to do the science and research needed to guide action and build trust and form critical partnerships—in short your support allows us to pursue the opportunity. CalTrout leverages your donation 5X for more impact on the ground and puts 88% of revenue directly into work for healthy waters and fish.

Growing at this pace over the last five years creates a need for upgraded information systems and procedures. This past year we’ve consulted with AMA Associates to support our Finance Team in the integration of payroll and invoicing systems–important for processing payments across 130+ grants. We also secured a grant from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation that will support the large capital outlays associated with landscape scale construction projects. Indeed, CalTrout is becoming one of the largest restoration project managers in the state with much of this revenue passing through to our on-the-ground restoration partners.

California Trout has achieved significant growth while maintaining our first-in-class level of fiduciary responsibility. Our annual audit outcomes provide confirmation of our diligence. We are proud of the high financial standards we continue to meet and thank you for putting your trust in our work through your philanthropy.

California Trout received the highest possible rating of four stars from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the country. This rating recognizes CalTrout’s adherence to sector best practices and our execution of our mission in a financially responsible way. When you choose to donate to CalTrout, you can trust that your donation is put to use in a fiscally responsible and ethical way for the benefit of fish, water, and people. Learn more about our rating.

“CalTrout’s robust growth has allowed us to amplify our efforts in addressing the combined threats of climate change, habitat loss and degraded water quality.” - Curtis Knight, Executive Director


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