86% 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 9,000 members combined with contributions from loyal foundations, corporations, volunteers, and public agency partners demonstrate the compelling importance of CalTrout’s work.

In 2020, we notably secured more than $22 million in new project funding—a 50% increase over the previous year—to be implemented over the next several years. We closed out Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with an operating budget of $8.6 million, and we are pleased to report that our program work and revenue has shifted into FY 2021 with an approved budget of $15.7 million. This is a big step that reflects the large, landscape-level projects underway across the state.

These projects are made possible by your gifts, allowing the planning, science, and partnership-building that attracts substantive state and federal funding.

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


We want you and every member of the public to know as much as possible about how California Trout operates and how carefully and effectively we use your donations.

Accordingly, we have posted our Tax Return and Financial Statement below. (Each are in .pdf format)

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