Operation Blessing/ OB

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.
  • Transparency grade

    A

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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating18 of 5937 of 68
    Fund acquisition rating71 of 59313 of 68
    Resource allocation rating20 of 5936 of 68
    Asset utilization rating61 of 59317 of 68

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20192018201720162015
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    8%2%1%1%1%1%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%2%1%1%1%1%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    93%100%100%100%100%100%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%2%1%1%1%1%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    7%0%0%0%0%0%
     
    Operating ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20192018201720162015
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    82%96%98%99%99%99%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    98%99%99%100%100%101%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    80%96%97%99%99%99%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    2%1%1%0%0%-1%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    3%5%34%12%-10%-24%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    11%2%1%0%0%1%
     
    Investing ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20192018201720162015
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.045.338.462.877.082.51
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.731.061.041.011.031.01
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.185.648.822.917.282.55
     
    Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20192018201720162015
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    8.842.121.491.051.151.06
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.110.470.670.950.870.94
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.721.130.450.210.210.27
     
    Solvency ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20192018201720162015
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    11%45%64%94%85%93%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    77%10%4%2%2%3%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20192018201720162015
    Cash$9,725,951$9,476,599$4,561,979$4,969,866$5,294,692
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,930,259$21,482,064$114,428,065$37,451,874$96,122,616
    Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$20,656,210$30,958,663$118,990,044$42,421,740$101,417,308
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$956,290$981,534$948,061$1,151,820$1,462,705
    Other long-term assets$242,935$335,428$650,394$25,000$0
    Total long-term assets$1,199,225$1,316,962$1,598,455$1,176,820$1,462,705
    Total assets$21,855,435$32,275,625$120,588,499$43,598,560$102,880,013
     
    Liabilities20192018201720162015
    Payables and accrued expenses$1,215,051$1,649,223$1,266,504$1,093,118$1,067,334
    Other current liabilities$8,523,139$19,108,538$111,680,228$35,819,770$94,484,421
    Total current liabilities$9,738,190$20,757,761$112,946,732$36,912,888$95,551,755
    Debt$0$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$25,838$19,204$0$50,427$21,257
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term liabilities$25,838$19,204$0$50,427$21,257
    Total liabilities$9,764,028$20,776,965$112,946,732$36,963,315$95,573,012
     
    Net assets20192018201720162015
    Unrestricted$2,188,435$2,331,603$3,523,612$3,668,832$4,476,688
    Temporarily restricted$9,902,972$9,167,157$4,118,155$2,966,413$2,830,313
    Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
    Net assets$12,091,407$11,498,660$7,641,767$6,635,245$7,307,001
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20192018201720162015
    Total contributions$116,870,005$276,689,090$346,448,281$307,771,665$256,315,666
    Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
    Other revenue$148,175$115,606$154,354$315,715$152,999
    Total other revenue$148,175$115,606$154,354$315,715$152,999
    Total revenue$117,018,180$276,804,696$346,602,635$308,087,380$256,468,665
     
    Expenses20192018201720162015
    Program services$112,241,833$267,935,366$341,415,256$304,882,900$254,669,186
    Management and general$1,972,080$1,652,422$1,506,585$1,463,052$1,395,116
    Fundraising$2,203,786$3,360,424$2,788,672$2,423,255$2,151,268
    Total expenses$116,417,699$272,948,212$345,710,513$308,769,207$258,215,570
     
    Change in net assets20192018201720162015
    Surplus (deficit)$600,481$3,856,484$892,122($681,827)($1,746,905)
    Other changes in net assets($7,834)$509$114,400$10,071$0
    Total change in net assets$592,647$3,856,993$1,006,522($671,756)($1,746,905)

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    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.