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Cell Phones For Soldiers

Helping our troops call home

one star

69.41

243 Winter Street Norwell, MA 02061
tel: (678) 580-1976   Web Site
EIN: 20-1343425

CEO
Robert Bergquist
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 69.41 one star
  Financial 77.61 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00 one star
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 204 million "Minutes That Matter" to deployed troops. Since 2012, "Helping Heroes Home" has provided emergency funds for more than 400 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 204 million "Minutes That Matter" to deployed troops. Since 2012, "Helping Heroes Home" has provided emergency funds for more than 400 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.

Results Information

Program Name: Helping Heroes Home
Problem

Many veterans experience difficulties in assimilating back into society once discharged from the military. The goal of Helping Heroes Home is to help veterans overcome some of these problems with one-time financial grants to help with anything from rent payment to mortgage to car repairs.

Strategy

With the continue flow of funding to Helping Heroes Home, we will be able to continue the program and hopefully increase the number of veterans we can reach each year.

IF:THEN

IF Cell Phones For Soldiers continues to receive financial aid from private citizens, corporations and foundations...

THEN it will be able to continue helping veterans in need through the Helping Heroes Home program.
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Financial

two stars

77.61

Accountability & Transparency

one star

63.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
67.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.72
  Program Expenses Growth -28.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cell Phones For Soldiers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cell Phones For Soldiers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cell Phones For Soldiers (MA) 69.41 one star
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (KY) 96.66 four stars
USO of North Carolina (NC) 92.38 four stars
USO of Missouri (MO) 96.83 four stars
Operation Second Chance (MD) 95.05 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $167,466
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $167,466
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $167,466
   Other Revenue $14,003
TOTAL REVENUE $181,469
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $374,855
   Administrative Expenses $85,831
   Fundraising Expenses $84,235
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $544,921
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-363,452
   
Net Assets $2,375,862

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
Recycled cell phones and prepaid calling cards $374,855 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 12/01/2017 69.41 one star
2015-12 06/01/2017 76.32 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 75.12 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 68.88 one star
2013-12 07/01/2015 70.91 two stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 81.64 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 79.19 two stars
2011-12 05/01/2014 81.40 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 76.49 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 73.81 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 65.33 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 98.51 four stars
2008-12 09/01/2010 98.44 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 20-1343425
Name in IRS Master File CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC
NTEE Code W30
NTEE Classification Military, Veterans' Organizations
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
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, 2004
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$25,000 4.58% Robert M. Bergquist President
Other Salaries of Note
$25,000 4.58% Gail Bergquist Clerk

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cell Phones For Soldiers (MA) 69.41 one star
Operation Finally Home (TX) 87.15 three stars
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation (NY) 95.61 four stars
Fisher House Foundation (MD) 100.00 four stars
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (KY) 96.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cell Phones For Soldiers
243 Winter Street
Norwell, MA 02061
tel: (678) 580-1976
EIN: 20-1343425

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CEO

Robert Bergquist
President

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