Human Services : Social Services

Operation Gratitude

Saying "Thank You" to All Who Serve

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four stars

92.38

21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: (800) 651-8031   Web Site
EIN: 20-0103575

Board Leadership
Martha Martin
Chairman

CEO
Kevin Schmiegel
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.38 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Financial Donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” to the men and women of the U.S. Military through active, hands-on Volunteerism.

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Financial Donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” to the men and women of the U.S. Military through active, hands-on Volunteerism.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of volunteers
89,207
Number of Care Packages Delivered
287,311
This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
93.7%
  Administrative Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth -0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Gratitude on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Gratitude on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,485,876
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,485,876
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $10,485,876
   Other Revenue $43,494
TOTAL REVENUE $10,529,370
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,530,036
   Administrative Expenses $301,628
   Fundraising Expenses $280,392
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,112,056
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $417,314
   
Net Assets $10,329,220

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,031 1.19% Carolyn Blashek President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$209,352 2.07% Christopher Clark Chief Development Officer
$9,941 0.09% Kevin M. Schmiegel Chief Executive Officer

Mission

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Financial Donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” to the men and women of the U.S. Military through active, hands-on Volunteerism.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Gratitude (CA) 92.38 four stars
Liberty USO (PA) 85.99 three stars
Operation Homefront (TX) 89.18 three stars
Army Emergency Relief (VA) 94.83 four stars
Lone Survivor Foundation (TX) 90.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: (800) 651-8031
EIN: 20-0103575

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426

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Board Leadership

Martha Martin
Chairman

CEO

Kevin Schmiegel
Chief Executive Officer