International : Development and Relief Services (Grantmaking)

Operation Bootstrap Africa

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

97.87

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 97.87
  Financial 99.82
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

99.82

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
84.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.21
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,048,485
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $6,519
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,055,004
   Program Service Revenue $45,380
Total Primary Revenue $1,100,384
   Other Revenue $21,061
TOTAL REVENUE $1,121,445
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,103,886
   Administrative Expenses $79,671
   Fundraising Expenses $111,104
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,294,661
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-173,216
   
Net Assets $1,235,271

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$83,555 6.45% Jason Bergmann Executive Director

Mission

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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Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 97.87
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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