Operation Blessing International/ OBI

Summary

Operation Blessing International (OBI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with a mission to demonstrate God's love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Beginning in 1978 and headquartered in the United States, Operation Blessing has made an impact in the lives of millions of people in more than 90 countries and every state. Operation Blessing provides strategic relief around the world on an ongoing basis, implementing programs that include hunger relief, clean water, orphan care, health and medical care, disaster relief and community development to impact those in the most need around the world.


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 International Relief & Development Corporation (OBI) is on the frontlines providing relief in real time for those hurting in the U.S. and abroad.

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

Founded on November 14, 1978 by religious broadcaster, Pat Robertson, Operation Blessing International is a member of the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations and is registered with the Federal Emergency Management Association and the United States Agency for International Development. Contributions to OBI are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, OBI is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Operation Blessing uses the following to express its mission:

The mission of Operation Blessing International is to demonstrate God's love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world.

In efforts to relieve human suffering we combat hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. We also help facilitate the development of healthy, vibrant and self-sustaining communities by addressing larger issues of education, food security, potable water, employment, community health, and disaster mitigation projects. In every endeavor, OBI seeks to exemplify Christian compassion and benevolence while conforming to the highest standards of integrity.


Statement of faith

Operation Blessing International 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.
  • Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating10 of 4234 of 60
    Fund acquisition rating47 of 42313 of 60
    Resource allocation rating14 of 4236 of 60
    Asset utilization rating27 of 4237 of 60

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    7%1%1%1%1%1%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%1%1%1%1%1%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    95%100%100%100%100%100%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%1%1%1%1%1%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    5%0%0%0%0%0%
     
    Operating ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    83%98%99%99%99%99%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    99%99%100%100%101%100%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    81%97%99%99%99%99%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    1%1%0%0%-1%0%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    3%34%12%-10%-24%3%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    10%1%0%0%1%0%
     
    Investing ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.308.462.877.082.517.66
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.541.041.011.031.011.04
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.548.822.917.282.557.95
     
    Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    8.961.491.051.151.061.21
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.110.670.950.870.940.83
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.070.450.210.210.270.26
     
    Solvency ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    10%64%94%85%93%80%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    63%4%2%2%3%3%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20182017201620152014
    Cash$9,476,599$4,561,979$4,969,866$5,294,692$6,958,747
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$21,482,064$114,428,065$37,451,874$96,122,616$35,618,767
    Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$30,958,663$118,990,044$42,421,740$101,417,308$42,577,514
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$981,534$948,061$1,151,820$1,462,705$1,483,876
    Other long-term assets$335,428$650,394$25,000$0$120,946
    Total long-term assets$1,316,962$1,598,455$1,176,820$1,462,705$1,604,822
    Total assets$32,275,625$120,588,499$43,598,560$102,880,013$44,182,336
     
    Liabilities20182017201620152014
    Payables and accrued expenses$1,649,223$1,266,504$1,093,118$1,067,334$1,027,729
    Other current liabilities$19,108,538$111,680,228$35,819,770$94,484,421$34,100,701
    Total current liabilities$20,757,761$112,946,732$36,912,888$95,551,755$35,128,430
    Debt$0$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$19,204$0$50,427$21,257$0
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term liabilities$19,204$0$50,427$21,257$0
    Total liabilities$20,776,965$112,946,732$36,963,315$95,573,012$35,128,430
     
    Net assets20182017201620152014
    Unrestricted$2,331,603$3,523,612$3,668,832$4,476,688$4,327,735
    Temporarily restricted$9,167,157$4,118,155$2,966,413$2,830,313$4,726,171
    Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
    Net assets$11,498,660$7,641,767$6,635,245$7,307,001$9,053,906
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20182017201620152014
    Total contributions$276,689,090$346,448,281$307,771,665$256,315,666$338,619,635
    Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
    Other revenue$115,606$154,354$315,715$152,999$267,149
    Total other revenue$115,606$154,354$315,715$152,999$267,149
    Total revenue$276,804,696$346,602,635$308,087,380$256,468,665$338,886,784
     
    Expenses20182017201620152014
    Program services$267,935,366$341,415,256$304,882,900$254,669,186$335,088,371
    Management and general$1,652,422$1,506,585$1,463,052$1,395,116$1,416,530
    Fundraising$3,360,424$2,788,672$2,423,255$2,151,268$2,096,880
    Total expenses$272,948,212$345,710,513$308,769,207$258,215,570$338,601,781
     
    Change in net assets20182017201620152014
    Surplus (deficit)$3,856,484$892,122($681,827)($1,746,905)$285,003
    Other changes in net assets$509$114,400$10,071$0$0
    Total change in net assets$3,856,993$1,006,522($671,756)($1,746,905)$285,003

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    History

    Founded on November 14, 1978 by religious broadcaster, Pat Robertson, OBI was originally set up to meet the needs of struggling individuals and families by providing items such as clothing, appliances, vehicles, etc. that were donated by viewers of The 700 Club. However, as requests for assistance poured in, Robertson and the board of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. (CBN) decided to make a financial commitment for OBI assistance out of CBN's general fund.

    OBI's impact increased dramatically when local churches and organizations agreed to provide matching funds for assistance projects and individual aid. With the help of these groups, OBI began providing low-income families with food baskets, help with delinquent rent and utility bills, new school clothes and other necessities. Other needs led to additional projects, such as an annual distribution of thousands of blankets to the homeless and a program that provides seeds for community vegetable gardens.

    In 1986, Operation Blessing International was formed as a non-profit organization to handle international relief projects. Operation Blessing projects in the United States continued under the auspices of CBN until 1993, when all Operation Blessing activities were transferred to OBI.

    OBI's medical missions, which provide medical relief in under-served countries, undertook its first mission in 1994. This program sends volunteer teams of doctors, dentists, other health care professionals and support staff on one- to two-week missions. The teams typically provide a variety of basic medical and surgical services. In 1996, OBI commissioned The Flying Hospital, a specially equipped L1011 jet aircraft. This plane is capable of providing world-class medical/surgical services to people in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. At the present time, however, in lieu of rising terrorist attacks and world conflict, it has been decided Operation Blessing will not use The Flying Hospital on further missions at this time.

    In 1997 OBI committed itself to serving more struggling people in America by expanding our partnership efforts and mobilizing thousands of Christians to help people in need and reach the lost.


    Program accomplishments

    Operation Blessing's accomplishments and programs include the following:

    Bless A Child
    The Bless-A-Child program (BAC) works with local churches and organizations to meet the basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of at-risk children and youth. Hundreds of thousands of young people have participated in the programs. These programs presently exist in countries including Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Mexico, South Africa as well as United States. Right now in New York City an OBI sponsored counseling center lends comfort and provides answers to children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    Medical Services
    Using multi-national volunteer medical teams, we have provided hundreds of thousands of medical services in countries including Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Rwandan refugee camps, Vietnam, and Ukraine!

    Hunger Strike Force
    OBI uses the Hunger Strike Force, a fleet of refrigerated tractor-trailers, to transport millions of pounds of food, clothing, medical and disaster relief, and building supplies in the USA to disadvantaged individuals, families, and victims of disaster.

    Since its inception in 1992, the Hunger Strike Force has:

    • delivered and given away more than 164 million pounds of food
    • provided more than 109 million meals to the needy
    • driven more than 4.4 million miles
    • provided 9.7 million pounds of relief and disaster relief supplies assistance.

    Clean Water
    In many places, drinking a sip of water can be extremely hazardous - even deadly. Sadly, many people in developing countries have no other choice but to get their water from contaminated streams or ponds - contamination that causes countless children to die needlessly. To help tackle the water crisis, Operation Blessing has a multifold approach that includes deep water wells, community water systems, chlorination projects, water filters, and catchment systems to provide solutions for families and communities around the world.

    Microenterprise
    For many hardworking families, the burden of poverty, lack of resources, and sickness often keep them from reaching their greatest potential. Through Operation Blessing's microenterprise and community development programs, families are equipped for success through life skills training programs such as sewing, baking, jewelry making, and carpentry - as well as community farms and gardens, home construction projects, small business loans, and more.

    Needs

    Operation Blessing International 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.