Operation Blessing/ OB

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Summary



Operation Blessing is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to partnering with YOU to demonstrate God's love by alleviating human suffering in the U.S. and around the world. For more than 40 years, your love has shown through OB as together we've provided hunger relief, medical care, clean water, and disaster relief to millions around the world.

Through compassionate, efficient, and locally-focused programs we are able to target the specific needs of those we serve and provide a gateway for our partners to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus for those who are suffering and in need.


Contact information

Mailing address:
977 Centerville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA 23463-3463

Website: www.ob.org

Phone: 800-730-2537

Email: operationblessing@ob.org


Organization details

EIN: 541382657

CEO/President: Gordon Robertson

Chairman:

Board size: 6

Founder: Mr. Pat Robertson

Year founded: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Purpose

Operation Blessing is on the frontlines providing relief in real time for those hurting in the U.S. and around the world.

By implementing programs that provide hunger relief, medical aid, disaster relief, clean water, and more, OB has helped millions of people in more than 90 countries and every state.

Founded on November 14, 1978, Operation Blessing is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and all contributions are tax deductible.


Mission statement

Operation Blessing uses the following to express its mission:

Operation Blessing is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to partnering with YOU to demonstrate God's love by alleviating human suffering in the U.S. and around the world. For more than 40 years, your love has shown through OB as together we've provided hunger relief, medical care, clean water, and disaster relief to millions around the world.

Through compassionate, efficient, and locally-focused programs we are able to target the specific needs of those we serve and provide a gateway for our partners to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus for those who are suffering and in need.


Statement of faith

Operation Blessing uses the following to express its statement of faith:

  • We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept.

  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself.

  • We believe that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind and who rose from the dead so that by receiving Him as Lord, man is redeemed by His blood.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ in person will return to earth in power and glory.

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells those who have received Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live righteous and godly lives.

  • We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is composed of all those who through belief in Christ have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The mission of the church is worldwide evangelization on the one hand and the nurture and discipline of Christians on the other.
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    A

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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating94 of 94015 of 76
    Fund acquisition rating177 of 94217 of 76
    Resource allocation rating123 of 94212 of 76
    Asset utilization rating340 of 94030 of 76

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    7%3%2%1%1%1%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%3%2%1%1%1%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    99%100%100%100%100%100%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%3%2%1%1%1%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    1%0%0%0%0%0%
     
    Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    85%95%96%98%99%99%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    97%92%99%99%100%100%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    83%88%96%97%99%99%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    3%8%1%1%0%0%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    6%35%5%34%12%-10%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    7%2%2%1%0%0%
     
    Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.632.255.338.462.877.08
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.291.051.061.041.011.03
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.642.365.648.822.917.28
     
    Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    8.012.052.121.491.051.15
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.110.490.470.670.950.87
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    3.242.601.130.450.210.21
     
    Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    13%46%45%64%94%85%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    53%24%10%4%2%2%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20202019201820172016
    Cash$15,022,501$9,725,951$9,476,599$4,561,979$4,969,866
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,253,735$10,930,259$21,482,064$114,428,065$37,451,874
    Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$33,276,236$20,656,210$30,958,663$118,990,044$42,421,740
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$1,468,393$956,290$981,534$948,061$1,151,820
    Other long-term assets$277,276$242,935$335,428$650,394$25,000
    Total long-term assets$1,745,669$1,199,225$1,316,962$1,598,455$1,176,820
    Total assets$35,021,905$21,855,435$32,275,625$120,588,499$43,598,560
     
    Liabilities20202019201820172016
    Payables and accrued expenses$1,083,041$1,215,051$1,649,223$1,266,504$1,093,118
    Other current liabilities$15,164,877$8,523,139$19,108,538$111,680,228$35,819,770
    Total current liabilities$16,247,918$9,738,190$20,757,761$112,946,732$36,912,888
    Debt$0$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$25,838$19,204$0$50,427
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term liabilities$0$25,838$19,204$0$50,427
    Total liabilities$16,247,918$9,764,028$20,776,965$112,946,732$36,963,315
     
    Net assets20202019201820172016
    Without donor restrictions$4,354,353$2,188,435$2,331,603$3,523,612$3,668,832
    With donor restrictions$14,419,634$9,902,972$9,167,157$4,118,155$2,966,413
    Net assets$18,773,987$12,091,407$11,498,660$7,641,767$6,635,245
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20202019201820172016
    Total contributions$85,092,607$116,870,005$276,689,090$346,448,281$307,771,665
    Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
    Other revenue$235,601$148,175$115,606$154,354$315,715
    Total other revenue$235,601$148,175$115,606$154,354$315,715
    Total revenue$85,328,208$117,018,180$276,804,696$346,602,635$308,087,380
     
    Expenses20202019201820172016
    Program services$74,982,156$112,241,833$267,935,366$341,415,256$304,882,900
    Management and general$1,306,351$1,972,080$1,652,422$1,506,585$1,463,052
    Fundraising$2,391,918$2,203,786$3,360,424$2,788,672$2,423,255
    Total expenses$78,680,425$116,417,699$272,948,212$345,710,513$308,769,207
     
    Change in net assets20202019201820172016
    Surplus (deficit)$6,647,783$600,481$3,856,484$892,122($681,827)
    Other changes in net assets$34,797($7,834)$509$114,400$10,071
    Total change in net assets$6,682,580$592,647$3,856,993$1,006,522($671,756)

    Compensation

    NameTitleCompensation
    Gordon P RobertsonDirector/President$607,225
    James R Barr JrVice President, CFO$251,357
    Marvin B EdwardsVice President$248,775
    Randy J MorellSecretary$226,759
    Pamela R EricksonVice President Thru 6/6/19$180,923
    Steven W O'GradyVice President$165,296
    Ronda F ShermanVice President$149,761
    Jeffrey C WestlingChief of Staff$130,084
    William F HoranFormer Dir/President/COO$121,940
    Anthony S LloydSr. Dir. - U.S. Disaster Rel.$118,287

    Compensation data as of: 3/31/2020


    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


    History

    Operation Blessing was founded on November 14, 1978. In the four decades since, Operation Blessing supporters like you have reached millions around the world with live-saving and life-changing aid. Operation Blessing's mission is to show God's love by alleviating human suffering with powerful humanitarian aid wherever it's needed most. Truly, Operation Blessing's faithful partners have been an incredible blessing to so many in desperate need around the world.

    Over the years, your support has enabled Operation Blessing to respond to numerous major natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, and, more recently, hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Florence, and Michael as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only that, Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force has provided many tons of food for struggling families across the United States.


    Program accomplishments

    Operation Blessing's accomplishments and programs include the following:

    Hunger Relief
    In the United States, and around the world, OB partners are helping fill hungry bellies and fight hunger-related health problems through compassionate hunger relief programs in homes, schools, churches, and entire communities.

    Clean Water
    Water is essential to life and Operation Blessing partners are bringing clean water to the poor and suffering through thoughtful and innovative clean water solutions that have the power to shape a brighter future.

    Disaster Relief
    From floods and hurricanes here in the U.S., to earthquakes and humanitarian crises around the world, your partnership helps Operation Blessing to be the first on the ground with relief and long-term recovery for those facing devastation and loss.

    Medical Care
    Through medical and dental brigades, community health volunteer training, ultrasound and women's health programs, and life-changing surgeries, OB partners are helping to heal our world's sick and hurting with kindness and care.


    Needs

    Operation Blessing has communicated the following needs:

    Children around the world suffer from the effects of poverty. Many don't have access to adequate food, medicine, clothing and school supplies. Your contribution can give boys and girls hope for tomorrow! Thank you for helping Operation Blessing reach out to hurting people all over the world. Your gift will quickly go to work to help break the cycle of suffering and bring lasting hope to many in need. See the ministry's website for more information.