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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Operation Breakthrough

Help build our future . . .one child at a time

four stars

97.05

3039 Troost Kansas City, MO 64109
tel: (816) 756-3511   Web Site
EIN: 43-0971560

Board Leadership
Tammy Ham
Chair

CEO
Mary Esselman
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.05 four stars
  Financial 98.85 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children's families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid. The program began in 1971 with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families and in 2006 completed a $13 million facility expansion that increased our licensed capacity. Today, we serve 290 children (0-5 years) in our Early Childhood Education program; 140 school-age children (5 - 13 years) in Before/After-School and Summer programming; and the children's 250+ parents through a broad range of support services.

The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children's families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid. The program began in 1971 with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families and in 2006 completed a $13 million facility expansion that increased our licensed capacity. Today, we serve 290 children (0-5 years) in our Early Childhood Education program; 140 school-age children (5 - 13 years) in Before/After-School and Summer programming; and the children's 250+ parents through a broad range of support services.

Financial

four stars

98.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
81.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.42
  Program Expenses Growth 24.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Breakthrough on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Breakthrough on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
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To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Breakthrough (MO) 97.05 four stars
Kids House of Seminole, Inc. (FL) 86.88 three stars
Charity Newsies (OH) 89.35 three stars
CARE House of Oakland County (MI) 92.01 four stars
Center for Child Protection (TX) 88.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,971,170
   Federated Campaigns $159,562
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $803,087
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,135,423
Total Contributions $10,069,242
   Program Service Revenue $1,566,393
Total Primary Revenue $11,635,635
   Other Revenue $1,218,170
TOTAL REVENUE $12,853,805
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,553,478
   Administrative Expenses $1,807,984
   Fundraising Expenses $621,204
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,982,666
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,128,861
   
Net Assets $27,708,940

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
Early Childhood Education Program $11,983,499 95.5%
Meal Plan for Enrolled Children $569,979 4.5%

Ratings History
Operation Breakthrough has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-10 02/01/2021 97.05 four stars
2018-10 02/01/2020 94.40 four stars
2017-10 12/01/2018 95.72 four stars
2016-10 12/01/2017 96.69 four stars
2015-10 11/01/2016 93.26 four stars
2014-10 07/01/2016 92.13 four stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 91.85 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-10 08/01/2015 89.62 three stars
2013-10 07/01/2015 88.18 three stars
2012-10 02/01/2014 88.59 three stars
2011-10 06/01/2013 89.64 three stars
2010-10 12/01/2011 96.96 four stars
2009-10 11/01/2011 95.12 four stars
2009-10 09/20/2011 88.67 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 07/01/2011 90.11 four stars

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

EIN 43-0971560
Name in IRS Master File OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH INC
NTEE Code P33
NTEE Classification Child Day Care
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (46) Private school
(149) Other instruction and training
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 February, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End October
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • October, 2018
  • October, 2017
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$166,824 1.11% Mary Esselman President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Breakthrough (MO) 97.05 four stars
Judi's House (CO) 85.51 three stars
Orangewood Foundation (CA) 91.67 four stars
Teen Parent Connection (IL) 93.91 four stars
Holiday Express (NJ) 88.72 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Operation Breakthrough
3039 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64109
tel: (816) 756-3511
EIN: 43-0971560

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Board Leadership

Tammy Ham
Chair

CEO

Mary Esselman
Chief Executive Officer

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