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International : Development and Relief Services (Grantmaking)

Operation Bootstrap Africa

Helping people help themselves in a variety of educational programs in Africa

four stars

94.02

625 Fourth Avenue South Suite 110
Minneapolis, MN 55415
tel: (612) 871-4980   Web Site
EIN: 41-6051952

Board Leadership
Gene D. Mickelson
President

CEO
Jason Bergmann
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.02 four stars
  Financial 91.55 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a Minnesota-based, inter-denominational organization dedicated to helping people help themselves in a variety of educational programs in Africa. OBA began its mission of service in Tanzania in the mid-1960's, and was incorporated in 1965. OBA seeks to assist with educational opportunity in Africa, and has funded more than 2,250 classrooms and teachers' quarters in Tanzania alone. In that same timeframe the literacy rate of Tanzania has gone from 10% to 85%. In recent years, OBA has expanded into Madagascar, Zimbabwe and The Gambia, always working on self-help partnership agreements, in response to requests for assistance.

Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a Minnesota-based, inter-denominational organization dedicated to helping people help themselves in a variety of educational programs in Africa. OBA began its mission of service in Tanzania in the mid-1960's, and was incorporated in 1965. OBA seeks to assist with educational opportunity in Africa, and has funded more than 2,250 classrooms and teachers' quarters in Tanzania alone. In that same timeframe the literacy rate of Tanzania has gone from 10% to 85%. In recent years, OBA has expanded into Madagascar, Zimbabwe and The Gambia, always working on self-help partnership agreements, in response to requests for assistance.

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Financial

four stars

91.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
87.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Bootstrap Africa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Bootstrap Africa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 94.02 four stars
American Himalayan Foundation (CA) 92.67 four stars
Acumen (NY) 96.85 four stars
Clinton Foundation (NY) 89.28 three stars
International Community Foundation (CA) 97.17 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $938,219
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $10
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $938,229
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $938,229
   Other Revenue $10,855
TOTAL REVENUE $949,084
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $718,674
   Administrative Expenses $59,940
   Fundraising Expenses $55,527
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $834,141
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $114,943
   
Net Assets $1,015,948

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
Educational Operating Grants and Scholarships $320,767 44.6%
Leadership Development $262,499 36.5%
School Projects in Tanzania $70,887 9.9%

Ratings History
Operation Bootstrap Africa has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 02/01/2020 94.02 four stars
2017-08 07/01/2018 95.15 four stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 96.33 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 94.80 four stars
2013-08 11/01/2014 92.31 four stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 90.03 four stars
2011-08 08/01/2012 85.95 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 83.05 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 78.81 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-08 06/01/2009 92.00 four stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 93.61 four stars
2006-08 05/01/2007 93.72 four stars
2005-08 07/01/2006 89.61 three stars
2004-08 05/01/2005 82.31 three stars
2003-08 06/01/2004 93.38 four stars
2002-08 02/01/2004 85.79 three 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 41-6051952
Name in IRS Master File OPERATION BOOTSTRAP-AFRICA
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 June, 1966
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Jason Bergmann Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$42,000 5.03% Diane Jacoby Former Executive Director
$25,865 3.10% Diane Solmonson Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 94.02 four stars
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Mission: Hope (GA) 92.54 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Operation Bootstrap Africa
625 Fourth Avenue South
Suite 110
Minneapolis, MN 55415
tel: (612) 871-4980
EIN: 41-6051952

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Board Leadership

Gene D. Mickelson
President

CEO

Jason Bergmann
Executive Director

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