Operation USA

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 7421 Beverly Blvd Ste PH Los Angeles CA 90036 USA

Mission:

OperationUSA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects ofdisasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief,reconstruction and development aid. 

Working with grass-roots partners on the ground, Operation USA provides material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster, as well as to combat the effects of systemic poverty. Dedicated to rebuilding with commitment and listening to communities’voices to determine the best way to assist them, OperationUSA stays in the field long after many others leave. Long-term projects aresupported that promote education and health services, sustainable development, leadershipbuilding, income generating activities and advocacy on behalf of vulnerablepeople worldwide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow. I've been a supporter and a fan for 35 years They have the lowest percentage of overhead of any international relief and development group I have ever seen. Their slogan, "If you give -- it gets there" is absolutely true,

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its fundraising reach.

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Operation USA is widely lauded among other international disaster relief and economic development organizations for its creative, effective and rapid response to disasters; it stays long after others have left; it does NOT accept any US Government funding and is thereby independent and not an adjunct of US foreign policy. It shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a key part of the Int'l Campaign To Ban Landmines with its unique focus on advancing the technology of landmine detection and removal.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

responding to major international disasters in the US and in 100 other countries over 30 years

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had the funds necessary to respond even faster to those in need and stay for a longer period after the immediate disaster has abated

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's small; it's fiercely independent; it is unafraid to criticize other charities for misbehavior or ineffectiveness o outright fraud in advertising

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from all backgrounds 12-85 years old; the professional staff of just 10 sends over $20 million a year worth of aid, one of the most efficient charities in America

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do what it has been doing for 30 years but do it more effectively. Smaller is better and budget size does NOT equal quality of programs as the Red Cross, Feed The Children, Operation Blessing, Samaritan's Purse and others vividly illustrate

Ways to make it better...

more people had realized that robotically sending money to the Red Cross and other mega-charities isn't necessarily the most effective way to channel their compassion for disaster victims

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up with deteriorating health conditions in the US and a failing world economy which, along with climate change,is stressing all means of providing assistance

One thing I'd also say is that...

look at Operation USA's website www.opusa.org and contact them for ways you can get involved

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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