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AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort

Supporting deployed U.S. troops, assisting military families and providing financial support to wounded veterans

three stars

85.17

P.O. Box 234 Lozano, TX 78568
tel: (956) 748-4145   Web Site
EIN: 74-2918904

CEO
Ida Hägg
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.17 three stars
  Financial 81.58 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

81.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
92.9%
  Administrative Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort (TX) 85.17 three stars
Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation (MO) 87.47 three stars
The Greater Jacksonville Area USO (FL) 93.39 four stars
Liberty USO (PA) 88.01 three stars
CIA Officers Memorial Foundation (VA) 96.66 four stars

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AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort® founded in 1998 is a volunteer based nonprofit 501C-3 dedicated to serving deployed United States Service Members ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful Nation. AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life by sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home and assist military families. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military. AdoptaPlatoon also serves wounded/ injured Troops through our "AAP Walking Wounded" campaign and assists military veterans who remain our Nation's Heroes. www.adoptaplatoon.org.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,875,926
   Federated Campaigns $187,221
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,063,147
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $8,063,147
   Other Revenue $208
TOTAL REVENUE $8,063,355
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,993,313
   Administrative Expenses $112,051
   Fundraising Expenses $392,812
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,498,176
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-434,821
   
Net Assets $1,469,022

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Care Packages $7,993,313 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 85.17 three stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 88.68 three stars
2014-12 12/01/2016 80.23 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 69.69 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 10/01/2015 69.62 one star
2010-12 12/20/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort on October 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically, their FY 2014 Form 990 provided the following corrections:

  • Professional fundraisers are reported
  • Board members are correctly reported

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

During our analysis of this charity’s FYE 2011 Form 990, the document revealed the following errors and apparent omissions including:

  1. No professional fundraisers are listed on schedule G or Part VII-B, even though the charity lists $336,000 paid to professional fundraisers (see PDF attachment "AdoptAPlatoon, Schedule G, page 1")
  2. All board members are listed as independent when at least three of them are not (see PDF attachment "AdoptAPlatoon page 7")
  3. No administrative or fundraising expenses are included on the management payroll line (which were reported in prior years)
  4. No fundraising expenses are reported beyond the (undocumented) professionals (which were reported in prior years)
  5. Several expenses were charged almost entirely to programs, even though they appear to be more administrative in nature (such as payroll processing and accounting fees) (see PDF attachment "AdoptAPlatoon page 10" and "AdoptAPlatoon page 8")

We find such practices atypical as compared to how other charities operate, as well as a departure from how the charity has reported its finances in the past, and therefore issued this Donor Advisory.

2010-12 09/20/2011 64.46 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 55.00 one star
2008-12 10/01/2009 55.00 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 74-2918904
Name in IRS Master File ADOPT A PLATOON
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,923 1.15% Ida Hägg President, Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$7,692 0.09% Michael Hägg Secretary, Treasurer

AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort® founded in 1998 is a volunteer based nonprofit 501C-3 dedicated to serving deployed United States Service Members ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful Nation. AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life by sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home and assist military families. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military. AdoptaPlatoon also serves wounded/ injured Troops through our "AAP Walking Wounded" campaign and assists military veterans who remain our Nation's Heroes. www.adoptaplatoon.org.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort (TX) 85.17 three stars
Operation Second Chance (MD) 95.05 four stars
USO of Illinois (IL) 89.52 three stars
USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (VA) 94.28 four stars
Liberty USO (PA) 88.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort
P.O. Box 234
Lozano, TX 78568
tel: (956) 748-4145
EIN: 74-2918904

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CEO

Ida Hägg
Executive Director

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