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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Operation Breakthrough

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

four stars

94.40

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

Board Leadership
Chace Brundige
Chair

CEO
Mary Esselman
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.40 four stars
  Financial 93.17 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

93.17

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
78.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.25
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.9%
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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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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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Breakthrough (MO) 94.40 four stars
Inspire Brands Foundation (GA) 98.21 four stars
NPH USA (IL) 91.02 four stars
U.S. Dream Academy (MD) 86.50 three stars
Daystar (TN) 86.19 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,434,479
   Federated Campaigns $197,585
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $117,300
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,186,487
Total Contributions $13,935,851
   Program Service Revenue $918,188
Total Primary Revenue $14,854,039
   Other Revenue $1,863,767
TOTAL REVENUE $16,717,806
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,318,344
   Administrative Expenses $1,686,797
   Fundraising Expenses $631,141
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,636,282
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,081,524
   
Net Assets $29,833,891

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 $7,766,832 93.4%
Meal Plan for Enrolled Children $551,512 6.6%

Ratings History
Operation Breakthrough has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$161,670 1.51% Mary Esselman President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Breakthrough (MO) 94.40 four stars
Providence House (OH) 95.13 four stars
SOS Children's Villages - Illinois (IL) 90.10 four stars
Common Threads (TX) 91.19 four stars
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NE) 96.66 four 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

Chace Brundige
Chair

CEO

Mary Esselman
Chief Executive Officer

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