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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

90.76

5701 Kentucky Avenue N Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55428
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 90.76
  Financial 88.98
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

88.98

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.59
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 90.76
American Himalayan Foundation (CA) 93.98
Synergos (NY) 92.34
Kids Around the World (IL) 94.85
Plant With Purpose (CA) 92.82

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,238,173
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $6,385
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,244,558
   Program Service Revenue $8,890
Total Primary Revenue $1,253,448
   Other Revenue $29,441
TOTAL REVENUE $1,282,889
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $754,246
   Administrative Expenses $65,012
   Fundraising Expenses $103,535
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $922,793
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $360,096
   
Net Assets $1,377,424

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 $352,116 46.7%
Leadership Development $263,235 34.9%
School Projects in Tanzania $29,278 3.9%

Ratings History
Operation Bootstrap Africa has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/01/2020 90.76
2018-08 02/01/2020 94.02
2017-08 07/01/2018 95.15
2016-08 12/01/2017 98.23
2015-08 03/01/2017 96.33
2014-08 06/01/2016 96.66
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 94.80
2013-08 11/01/2014 92.31
2012-08 10/01/2013 90.03
2011-08 08/01/2012 85.95
2010-08 12/23/2011 83.05
2010-08 09/20/2011 78.81
 
CN 1.0
2008-08 06/01/2009 92.00
2007-08 10/01/2008 93.61
2006-08 05/01/2007 93.72
2005-08 07/01/2006 89.61
2004-08 05/01/2005 82.31
2003-08 06/01/2004 93.38
2002-08 02/01/2004 85.79

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, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$45,627 4.94% Jason Bergmann Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 90.76
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Charity Contact Info

Operation Bootstrap Africa
5701 Kentucky Avenue N
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55428
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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