Operation Warm Inc
CHADDS FORD PA 19317-9673
Contact Information
Nonprofit Operation Warm Inc
Address 6 DICKINSON DR STE 314
CHADDS FORD, PA 19317 9673
Phone (610) 388-2500 106
Contact Name Matt Friedman
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2003
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

To make a donation by mail, please make a check payable to Operation Warm and send to:

Operation Warm Inc.

PO Box 822431

Philadelphia, PA 19182-2431

To donate by phone, please call 1.800.730.WARM (9276).
Operation Warm offers volunteer opportunities at our uplifting and joyful Coat Giving Events. Coat Giving Events are held on weekday mornings at a local elementary school during the months of October, November and December. This year, we expect to hold at least three Coat Giving Events in each of our Volunteer Brigade cities. If you're not in one of these cities, sign up for our newsletter! We’ll keep you informed about Operation Warm, including new volunteer opportunities as they become available.

As a volunteer, you will help ensure that our Coat Giving Events are successful by:

  • Helping Operation Warm create a meaningful experience for our funding corporation’s employees
  • Working with school administrators to create a fun-filled event that serves every child
  • Making a positive impact on the students, teachers and funding corporation’s employees.
For details on how to volunteer, please visit https://www.operationwarm.org/get-involved/volunteer-information-for-coat-giving-events/.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence, and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats.
Background Statement

Operation Warm manufactures and gifts brand new winter coats to children born into poverty. We are a national organization whose presence in Kentucky began in 2005 with 75 coats. Last year we served nearly 1,500 children in the state, but the need is so much greater. We have nearly 20 years of experience partnering with community organizations who serve impoverished children and their families, to quickly deploy coats to children most in need. With these partner schools, firefighters, Rotary clubs, faith communities, and service organizations, we execute joyful, efficient, non-duplicative coat giving events across the country. We also act as exclusive or major new coat supplier for many local nonprofit Coats for Kids programs. Our staff works directly with our community partners on program development, logistics, feedback, and metrics. To date, 2.6 million children in nearly every state across the USA have received the happiness and warmth of a new Operation Warm winter coat.

Impact Statement
Top accomplishments of the past year:
1. Provided 1,470 new coats to children in need in Kentucky.
2. Held 9 coat giving events in communities including Lexington, Louisville, and Martin.
3. Partnered with 5 community organizations who raised funds to serve local children, including Rotary clubs, firefighters, school districts, and faith communities.
Top goals for the coming year:
1. Provide 3,000 coats in Kentucky, doubling last year's impact.
2. Partner with 10 community groups throughout Kentucky to run local local coat programs.
3. Expand new program models such as our library partnership to Kentucky, in which we leverage the gift of a new coat to connect families with other community services.
Needs Statement

Operation Warm serves boys and girls, ages 3-12, without discrimination. We target children from families with income at or below 150% poverty and/or children enrolled in the free/reduced meal program. In Kentucky, 26% of children live in poverty. These families often cannot afford basic necessities like a winter coat for growing children. When a child has been facing winter without adequate protection, the cold not only seeps into their bodies, but into their heads as well. Their self-esteem suffers as they accept that they have to be cold, and will never know anything different.

Operation Warm enables children to overcome these disadvantages, through the gift of a new coat with their name on it. The impact of something new to wear is profound. New clothing alleviates a child's social distress associated with dispossession, the visual gap compared to their peers who dress in clean, coordinated outfits. Peer acceptance and self-expression engender confidence, which in turn fosters better school performance, and the physical and social benefits of outdoor play. An Operation Warm coat gives a child a glimpse of a future outside of their current and undeserved circumstances.

CEO/Executive Director Statement “I believe it’s our personal responsibility to help others,” explains CEO and Founder Richard Sanford. “No child should be left out in the cold or be forced to walk to school in freezing temperatures without a coat. Operation Warm coats truly impact the lives of thousands of children around the holidays.”
Geographic Areas Served
Operation Warm serves communities throughout Kentucky, including Lexington, Paducah, and Henderson.
Board Chair
Board Chair Richard Sanford
Company Affiliation Operation Warm
Board Members
Barry AbelsonPepper Hamilton LLP
Basil AndersonStaples, Inc.
Susan BaileyCorporate Solutions Consulting
Willie BaileyFairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Scott BeaumontLilly Pulitzer
J.B. DohertyImagemax, Inc.
Kristen HamerChicago Housing Authority
William IredaleFitzwater
Elizabeth MoranPhilanthropist
Greg PrattCarpenter Technology Corp.
Claire ReidOracle Corp.
Geoffrey RogersGlenmede Trust Company
Richard SanfordOperation Warm
Tara ToocheckRunning the World for Children
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Richard Sanford
Term Start Nov 2002
Full Time Staff 22
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 4000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Operation Warm is more than a coat.
- We provide warmth, of course. But our brand new coats also provide confidence from pride in ownership of a good looking, well fitting coat that kids choose themselves, and hope from the understanding that someone in their community cares about them.
- We help kids get to school regardless of the weather, to gain an education on even the coldest days, and to receive meals and other support services only available in schools.
- We grow volunteer networks through hands-on events that allow volunteers to see the impact of their time and effort in the eyes of a child.
- Our brand new coats are a gateway to schools, organizations and services. Gifting our coats dramatically increases participation in health fairs, outreach initiatives and community events.
- We connect community members, pairing organizations like Rotarians, faith-based groups and firefighters with high need public schools and children’s service organizations.
Description Operation Warm's Library Program empowers organizations to warm the hearts, minds and bodies of local children in need. Operation Warm is teaming up with libraries, community partners and funders across the country to give a brand new
coat and two new books to each child who participates.
This unique service project not only provides children with necessities, but introduces kids and their families to all that their neighborhood library branch has to offer beyond books. Partners will inspire literacy and learning by helping children get to school and to their local library on cold and wintry days.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Apr 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Mar 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $25,637,700.00
Projected Expenses $25,437,700.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$20,298,617$21,056,336$20,608,856
Total Expenses$20,278,681$20,449,392$20,241,487
Revenue Less Expenses$19,936$606,944$367,369
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$229,960$229,960$227,760
Individual Contributions$20,109,546$20,816,735$20,372,252
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,567$9,641$8,844
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events($52,456)$0$0
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$19,354,861$19,678,347$19,619,777
Administration Expense$174,407$173,302$145,011
Fundraising Expense$749,413$597,743$476,699
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.031.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%96%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$4,788,409$4,954,534$3,967,667
Current Assets$3,867,570$4,460,640$3,716,873
Long-Term Liabilities$76,878$235,439$35,095
Current Liabilities$596,362$624,762$420,093
Total Net Assets$4,115,169$4,094,333$3,512,479
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Address 6 DICKINSON DR STE 314
CHADDS FORD, PA 193179673
Primary Phone 610 388-2500 106
CEO/Executive Director Richard Sanford
Board Chair Richard Sanford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Operation Warm