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Operation USA

CharityWatch report issued
March 2022

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

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

Other Names

Operation California

Tax Status




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 06/30/2021

Program Percentage: 75%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Operation USA 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
Operation USA Audited Financial Statements 95-3504080
Operation USA IRS Form 990 95-3504080
Entity: Operation USA
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 95-3504080
Entity: Operation USA
Document Type: IRS Form 990
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.
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 Walden President/CEO $176,486
Name: Richard Walden
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $176,486

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 audited Statement of Activities for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, Operation USA received in-kind donations on which it placed a total value of $4,868,097. Of this amount, $4,508,097 consisted of donated emergency medical equipment and supplies, according to the Operation USA tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 (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, 2021 (Note 9, PPP Loan and Subsequent Event):

"On April 6, 2021, the Organization received loan proceeds in the amount of $75,700 under the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'). The PPP, established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ('CARES Act'), provides for loans to qualifying businesses for amounts up to 2.5 times of the average monthly payroll expenses of the qualifying business. The loans and accrued interest are forgivable after twenty-four weeks as long as the borrower uses the loan proceeds for eligible purposes, including payroll, benefits, rent and utilities, and maintains its payroll levels. The amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced if the borrower terminates employees or reduces salaries during the twenty-four-week period. The unforgiven portion of the PPP loan is payable over two years at an interest rate of 1%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months.

"On October 20, 2021, the Company received notice from the Small Business Administration that its entire PPP loan amount was forgiven. Furthermore, according to the Organization's PPP loan forgiveness application, all allowable costs were incurred during the covered period April 6, 2021 to May 31, 2021. Therefore...the entire amount of the Organization's PPP funds, $75,700, was recognized as grant revenues in the [audited] statement of activities for the year ended June 30, 2021."

According to the Operation USA audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 2 re: Risks and Uncertainties):

"Conditions created by the COVID-19 environment could contribute to short-term financial challenges that adversely affect the Organization's cash flows. Specifically, there is the potential for reductions in institutional grants and private donations if program activities are forced to be significantly curtailed due to government mandated shutdowns. The Organization's Board of Directors has discussed these risks and uncertainties and has formulated alternative strategic plans to mitigate the effects of these concerns."