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Operation USA

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
80%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$3
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Operation USA
7421 Beverly Blvd., PH
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Other Names

Operation California

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.opusa.org

Stated Mission

To alleviate the effects of disasters, disease, and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction, and development aid.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 80%

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

$1,600,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars Operation USA spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$2,900,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Operation USA IRS Form 990 95-3504080
Operation USA Audited Financial Statements 95-3504080
Entity: Operation USA
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-3504080
Entity: Operation USA
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 95-3504080

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?
 
Operation USA
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Operation USA
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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 Richard M. Walden President/CEO $167,215
1
Name: Richard M. Walden
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $167,215

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 Operation USA tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018, Operation USA received contributions of in-kind goods and disaster relief items on which it placed a total value of $2,198,023 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[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.]
According to the Operation USA audit of June 30, 2018 (Note B, Government Funding):

"The Organization does not seek nor accept US government program funding for its international relief and development efforts."