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Top 10 Facts

New to OpUSA?

Here is a short introduction to what we do, why we are different, and how you can get involved.

Operation USA is a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency—

helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty.

33 years—99 countries.

Since 1979, Operation USA has worked in as many as 99 countries—delivering over $350 million in aid for relief and development projects around the world.

Give and it gets there.

Operation USA is a hands-on agency—with a small, dedicated staff overseeing our projects and disaster response work. Free of the bureaucracy of a larger organization, creative solutions are encouraged to respond to real needs, in real time. As Founding Board member Julie Andrews says, “Operation USA is the little ship that gets in the harbor where the big ships cannot go.”

Privately funded from day one.

100% privately-funded, Operation USA works without any government support—or the constraints that support may bring.

Home and abroad

Disaster relief is most often associated with the developing world, overseas. Since our earliest days, Operation USA has dedicated a portion of our efforts to projects here at home. And, for the last few years as needs have increased, as much as 50% of our work has been done in the USA.

We are in it for the long haul.

In most cases, the effects of disasters are not limited by time. Years after a disaster has abated, communities are still frequently in need of assistance. Dedicated to rebuilding with commitment, Operation USA stays in the field long after many others leave. Long-term projects focus on education, health and community-based projects that help to rebuild lives and livelihoods.

A focus on education.

Education may be the single most cost-effective kind of aid. It opens minds, builds futures and has a greater transformative effect than anything else. Operation USA recently built two schools in China; is supporting education projects in Sri Lanka, New Orleans and Nicaragua—and opened one of the largest schools in Jacmel, Haiti as part of our large-scale relief efforts following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Don’t just take our word for it.

Operation USA is a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of “The International Campaign to Ban Landmines”; was named as one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities in America”; and, was recently named the “#1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity” by watchdog group Charity Navigator.

Every donation—large or small—makes an impact.

Every year millions of charitable donations never make it to their destination. When you donate to Operation USA, you immediately start to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

We can’t do it without you.

Join our community of supporters and be an ambassador for our work! Tell a friend, or share your favorite aspect of our work with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Google +. The larger our community is—the greater the impact we are able to have.