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Operation Homefront

CharityWatch report issued
June 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Operation Homefront
1355 Central Parkway S.
Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78232

Other Names

Hearts of Valor
Homes on the Homefront
Star-Spangled Babies

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Builds strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 79%

The percentage of Operation Homefront's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $10

How many dollars Operation Homefront spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Operation Homefront IRS Form 990 32-0033325
Operation Homefront Audited Financial Statements 32-0033325
Entity: Operation Homefront
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 32-0033325
Entity: Operation Homefront
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 32-0033325

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Operation Homefront
meets governance benchmarks.
Operation Homefront
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 John I. Pray President/CEO $432,882
2 Marguerite Kirst CDO $213,243
3 Robert Thomas COO $203,982
Name: John I. Pray
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $432,882
Name: Marguerite Kirst
Title: CDO
Compensation: $213,243
Name: Robert Thomas
Title: COO
Compensation: $203,982

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Operation Homefront audit of December 31, 2017 (Note H, Gifts-In-Kind), Operation Homefront reports receiving in-kind contributed goods, services and facilities on which it placed a total value of $16,807,643 in 2017.

In addition, Operation Homefront reports receiving contributed houses on which it placed a value of $6,261,323, according to its audited Statement of Activities for the year ended December 31, 2017.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Operation Homefront 2017 tax filing, Operation Homefront reports for Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees compensated more than $100,000 in 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

-- "Bonus & incentive compensation" of $122,000 paid to Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., President/CEO, which is included in his reported total compensation of $432,882.
-- "Bonus & incentive compensation" of $12,000 paid to each Marguerite Kirst, CDO, and Laura Yzaguirre, CFAO, which is included in their reported total compensation of $213,243 and $177,908, respectively.
-- "Bonus & incentive compensation" of $8,000 paid to Robert Thomas, COO, which is included in his reported total compensation of $203,982.

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