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Operation USA

Give and it gets there.

aka Operation California, Inc.   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.opusa.org

Mission

Operation USA supports health and education programs at home and abroad in order to help children and families recover, thrive and build resiliency in the wake of disasters.

Notes from the nonprofit

Operation USA is privately funded and relies entirely on the generosity of our donors and partners to get aid where it's needed most. We pride ourselves on keeping overhead low and spending efficiently, to maximize every dollar you invest in us and to ensure a meaningful impact on communities in need. We so grateful for your support.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Walden

Main address

7421 Beverly Blvd Penthouse

Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA

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EIN

95-3504080

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too often, disaster-impacted communities struggle to recover for many years--especially areas which were already marginalized and/or vulnerable before disaster struck (and are likely to face new disasters on an ongoing basis). OpUSA works with these communities in order to support relief and recovery as well as build resiliency for the future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Material Aid Shipping Program

Operation USA works with corporate partners across the US and around the world to facilitate the delivery of in-kind material aid--including hospital equipment, medicines, relief supplies and more--where it is needed most, particularly in communities impacted by disaster.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Victims of disaster
Refugees and displaced people

Operation USA provides emergency funding, material aid and long-term support to disaster survivors globally--working diligently to empower community-based organizations, and the populations they serve, to discover and thrive.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Victims of disaster
Economically disadvantaged people
Internally displaced people

Where we work

Awards

Nobel Peace Prize 1997 (as part of the Intl Campaign to Ban Landmines) 1997

Nobel Foundation

President's Volunteer Action Award 1983

The White House

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 1984

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of disaster, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

Disaster recovery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The volume of grants made by Operation USA varies year to year due to the unpredictable and ever-changing nature of disaster relief.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Operation USA supports health and education programs in order to help children and families at home and abroad recover from disasters and endemic poverty.

Every day, we strive to meet the needs of under-served and overlooked populations. We place a special focus on youth development programs so that future generations may have the tools they need to create meaningful change in their own communities and lives. Working with partners around the world, we empower communities to recover, build resiliency and thrive in the face of pervasive obstacles during a time of unprecedented global need.

Operation USA works with individual donors, corporate partners, fellow nonprofits and NGOs, and local community organizations in order to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible in the face of disaster. We deliver both cash grants, to support the immediate purchase of supplies and time-sensitive repairs, and in-kind materials, shipped from partners in the US and in countries around the world.

Going beyond the immediate relief phase, we commit to recovery in disaster-affected communities and support long-term projects that rebuild lives and livelihoods. We focus those long-term efforts on the reconstruction of schools and clinics, the development of youth empowerment and skill building programs, and the delivery of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals around the world—all supporting health and educational recovery.

Further, Operation USA prides itself on maintaining low overhead costs by investing our donations directly in programs--without spending money on marketing and fundraising--and sourcing jobs and materials locally in the communities in which we work.

Operation USA has a dedicated staff and nearly 45 years of experience in disaster relief, resulting in a broad network of partners through which aid is delivered and distributed quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Operation USA has delivered more than $400 million in aid to 100 countries over 40 years. We will continue this work in as many places we are able for as long as we are able.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Operation USA

Board of directors
as of 09/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Mahdesian

President, Servicon, Inc.

Term: 2010 - 2023

Michael Mahdesian

President, Servicon, Inc.

Drew Hagen

Founder/Executive Producer, InVision

Bob L. Johnson

Attorney/Entertainment Executive

Jeff Franklin

Film and Television Producer

Maria Mohiuddin Verjee

Partner, Johal & Mohiuddin, Attorneys At Law

Richard Walden

President and CEO, Operation USA

Gary Larsen

Foreign Service Officer (Ret.)

L. Leland (Skip) Whitney

International Real Estate Development Executive

Stanley Frileck

Reconstructive Surgeon

Julie Yannatta

Owner, BeWhy Music

Rosario Dawson

actress

Rick Allen

CEO, Snagfilms

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS-TV Network

Julie Andrews

actress/advisory board member

Nola Kambanda

Advisory Board - Executive, The Boeing Company

David Nieh

Managing Director, Clear Peak Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability