International : Development and Relief Services (Grantmaking)

Operation Bootstrap Africa

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

four stars

95.15

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

Board Leadership
Jeanie Geurink
President

CEO
Diane Solmonson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.15 four stars
  Financial 93.84 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

93.84

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 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)
87.4%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 3.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $956,084
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $42,825
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $998,909
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $998,909
   Other Revenue $5,462
TOTAL REVENUE $1,004,371
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $721,639
   Administrative Expenses $77,307
   Fundraising Expenses $39,398
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $838,344
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $166,027
   
Net Assets $900,028

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$64,000 7.63% Diane Jacoby Director
Other Salaries of Note
$7,780 0.92% Diane Solmonson 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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 95.15 four stars
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World Hope International (VA) 92.92 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

Jeanie Geurink
President

CEO

Diane Solmonson
Executive Director