Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Operation USA

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • http://www.opusa.org

Mission Statement

Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. 

Working with grass-roots partners on the ground, Operation USA provides material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster, as well as to combat the effects of systemic poverty. Dedicated to rebuilding with commitment and listening to communities' voices to determine the best way to assist them, Operation USA stays in the field long after many others leave. Long-term projects are supported that promote education and health services, sustainable development, leadership building, income generating activities and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people worldwide.

Main Programs

  1. Material Aid Shipping Program
  2. Disaster recovery
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Domestic relief work in the United States, alongside International projects

ruling year

1980

Principal Officer since 1979

Self-reported

Mr. Richard Walden

Keywords

Self-reported

China, Japan, Cuba, Haiti, humanitarian aid, international relief, disaster response including "Hurricane Katrina", emergency relief, Microlending, landmines

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Also Known As

Operation California, Inc.

EIN

95-3504080

 Number

7741686189

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 100 countries, delivering over $375 million for relief and development projects. Operation USA is a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of “The International Campaign to Ban Landmines”; was named as one of ’s “100 Best Charities in America”; and, in addition to their Four Star rating, was in 2008 named the “#1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity” by watchdog group Charity Navigator.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Material Aid Shipping Program

From antibiotics to vitamin A, water purifications tablets to surgical packs—Operation USA has been delivering material aid in the form of medical supplies and equipment, medicines and vitamins, education and shelter materials to people in need from its earliest days forward.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

Disaster recovery

Grant making in the USA and internationally to help disaster-affected communities recover

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$15,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Domestic relief work in the United States, alongside International projects

Funding Needs

Cash and goods and services are always needed and much-appreciated

Affiliations + Memberships

InterAction - Member

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Financials

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OPERATION CALIFORNIA INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Operation USA

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Walden

BIO

Richard Walden, former Commissioner of Hospitals for California, has a B.S. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, attending both the Wharton School (1964-1966) and College of Arts & Sciences (1968); and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1972). He has served as a consultant to various government and private agencies on both health care and international development issues. Walden served on the Executive Board of Interaction, a consortium of over 200 NGOs of which he was a co-founder. His agency was awarded the President's Volunteer Action Award in 1983 for its work in Vietnam and Cambodia and the Gleitsman Foundation Award for those who initiate social change.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Operation USA's independence from political considerations and from government funding allows us to work in some of the world's most challenging places.  We pride ourselves in effectively and rapidly responding to major disasters, in our ability to teach what we have learned from 33 years of "relief done right" and in the partnerships we have made in the USA and throughout the world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Mahdesian

President, Servicon, Inc.

Term: Oct 2010 - Oct 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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