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Cell Phones For Soldiers

Helping our troops call home

81.57

5705 Commerce Boulevard Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30004
tel: (678) 580-1976   Web Site
EIN: 20-1343425

Board Leadership
Robert M. Bergquist
President

CEO
Robert Bergquist
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.57
  Financial 87.76
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

87.76

Accountability & Transparency

77.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.67
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cell Phones For Soldiers (GA) 81.57
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (VA) 88.88
Military Missions in Action (NC) 88.14
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (VA) 91.16
K9s for Warriors (FL) 97.27

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $49,100
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $49,100
   Program Service Revenue $105,649
Total Primary Revenue $154,749
   Other Revenue $17,048
TOTAL REVENUE $171,797
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $432,835
   Administrative Expenses $26,549
   Fundraising Expenses $17,920
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $477,304
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-305,507
   
Net Assets $2,525,111

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 $432,835 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 81.57
2018-12 02/01/2021 85.42
2018-12 10/01/2019 84.47
2017-12 11/01/2018 66.97
2016-12 12/01/2017 69.41
2015-12 06/01/2017 76.32
2014-12 06/01/2016 75.12
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 68.88
2013-12 07/01/2015 70.91
2012-12 07/01/2014 81.64
2012-12 06/01/2014 79.19
2011-12 05/01/2014 81.40
2011-12 07/01/2013 76.49
2010-12 03/01/2012 73.81
2009-12 09/20/2011 65.33
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 98.51
2008-12 09/01/2010 98.44

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$25,000 5.23% Robert Bergquist President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cell Phones For Soldiers (GA) 81.57
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (VA) 98.58
K9s for Warriors (FL) 97.27
Operation First Response (VA) 92.92
Yellow Ribbon Fund (MD) 90.45

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Charity Contact Info

Cell Phones For Soldiers
5705 Commerce Boulevard
Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30004
tel: (678) 580-1976
EIN: 20-1343425

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Board Leadership

Robert M. Bergquist
President

CEO

Robert Bergquist
President

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