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Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: OPERATION LOOKOUT -founded 1984, provides parents with missing children casework in conjunction with law enforcement and authorities, nat'l and int'l. 24 Hour helpline for ER's and Sightings. There is never a fee for service. Staff are volunteer and paid. Our goal is to recover a missing child swiftly using broadscope picture broadcasting and the internet, and search techniques customized to fit the case at-hand.

Programs: Operation lookout in its 29th year is a singular program with the goal of providing free support to parents and legal custodians with missing, abducted and runaway children. Services provided to law enforcement and clients may include investigative case management, systems walk-through, victim advocacy, social and legal services referral, and custom poster design and picture distribution; the web site provides a quick reference point for parent registration and public education. To increase the reach, up to a million usa citizens are contacted by phone, media, and mail to increase exposure of missing children and to notify parents where to turn in time of need. Each contact promotes a voluntary call to action and/or a community safety message knowing who's who in your neighborhood or how to report child abuse campaigns. A 24/7 helpline at 1-800-lookout (566-5688) has been manned by a team of professionals trained for triage dispatch since 1984.

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The individual's in the above court documents are also associated with Faces of the Lost and Voice of a Child.
The individual's have taken their fraud across the border and recruited those in Canada to assist with this 'mission'.

1 Fernando D.


Rating: 1

I got a cold call on my newly activated landline, for a "Williams" (not me). I stated that it must be a wrong number, and the caller identified themselves as a charity to help kids with cancer. The caller ID read "Operation Lookou" (sic). Then they proceeded to get me to donate, and I asked for additional information to see where money was being spent. I got a non-answer that they're very responsible with their money. Then I research them on the web and see their dismal record for giving. This pathetic excuse for a charity should be shut down.

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If you have a complaint because the call center we have outsourced fundraising and communications to has misrepresented anything to you, please contact us at your earliest opportunity at oladmin@operationlookout.org. Funds do not remain LOCAL; they are used for missing children cases generated from any state for any duration. Funds are never given to a specific case but are generated for the good of all registered missing children. Any concern over how the proceeds are split will be answered by OPERATION LOOKOUT directly based on the annual IRS 990 report and PIE CHART for the previous year; those figures will vary year by year, and funds have a greater program element than is often understood. Visit www.operationlookout.org for full disclosure.

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