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Operation Fuel

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four stars

92.66

75 Charter Oak Avenue Suite 2-240
Hartford, CT 06106
tel: (860) 243-2345   Web Site
EIN: 06-1253091

Board Leadership
Allan Smith & Megan Brown
Co-Chairs

CEO
Brenda Watson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.66 four stars
  Financial 89.62 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1977, Operation Fuel provides emergency energy assistance to state residents who do not qualify for, or have exhausted, their government assistance. Most of our clients are not poor enough to receive government aid but, because of a crisis in their lives, cannot make ends meet and are forced to make impossible choices. Trying to survive a Connecticut winter with no heat should not be one of their choices. Operation Fuel uses a network of over 100 community organizations which approve grants to pay the utility bills of households in need. They are town social service agencies, community action agencies, non-profit organizations such as Catholic Charities, and religious organizations. These agencies voluntarily administer this energy assistance program.

Founded in 1977, Operation Fuel provides emergency energy assistance to state residents who do not qualify for, or have exhausted, their government assistance. Most of our clients are not poor enough to receive government aid but, because of a crisis in their lives, cannot make ends meet and are forced to make impossible choices. Trying to survive a Connecticut winter with no heat should not be one of their choices. Operation Fuel uses a network of over 100 community organizations which approve grants to pay the utility bills of households in need. They are town social service agencies, community action agencies, non-profit organizations such as Catholic Charities, and religious organizations. These agencies voluntarily administer this energy assistance program.

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Financial

three stars

89.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
88.6%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.51
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Fuel on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Fuel on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Fuel (CT) 92.66 four stars
Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (VA) 89.86 three stars
Oregon Energy Fund (OR) 88.84 three stars
Energy Outreach Colorado (CO) 93.36 four stars
Fuel Fund of Maryland (MD) 93.25 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,566,247
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,100,000
Total Contributions $3,666,247
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,666,247
   Other Revenue $9,733
TOTAL REVENUE $3,675,980
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,104,349
   Administrative Expenses $195,831
   Fundraising Expenses $289,844
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,590,024
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-914,044
   
Net Assets $2,360,489

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
Emergency Home Energy Assistance $2,100,000 51.2%
Energy Assistance $1,727,200 42.1%
Small Business Program $152,872 3.7%

Ratings History
Operation Fuel has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 05/01/2019 92.66 four stars
2017-06 03/01/2018 94.71 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 90.77 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 95.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 02/01/2016 89.74 three stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 97.62 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 95.11 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 95.93 four stars
2011-06 02/01/2012 95.63 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.02 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 04/01/2011 93.64 four stars
2009-06 03/01/2010 91.77 four stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 91.76 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 90.95 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 84.47 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 86.35 three stars
2004-06 03/01/2005 74.21 two 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 06-1253091
Name in IRS Master File OPERATION FUEL INC
NTEE Code L82
NTEE Classification Housing Expense Reduction Support
NTEE Type Housing, Shelter
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 August, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$70,734 1.54% Brenda Watson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Fuel (CT) 92.66 four stars
The Heat and Warmth Fund (MI) 94.95 four stars
Oregon Energy Fund (OR) 88.84 three stars
Dollar Energy Fund (PA) 91.16 four stars
Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (VA) 89.86 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Operation Fuel
75 Charter Oak Avenue
Suite 2-240
Hartford, CT 06106
tel: (860) 243-2345
EIN: 06-1253091

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Board Leadership

Allan Smith & Megan Brown
Co-Chairs

CEO

Brenda Watson
Executive Director

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