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  1.  Why does Coats for Kids Foundation by Operation Warm provide only NEW coats for children in elementary school? 

  2.  How long has Coats for Kids by Operation Warm been in existence?

  3.  How does my donation help?

  4.  Is my donation tax deductible?

  5.  How does Coats for Kids by Operation Warm identify children to receive the new coats? 

  6.  How can I help your organization other than a cash donation?

  7.  You are in 41 states.  How do you select the states in which you work and how do I know if you’re in my state? 

  8.  Can I buy coats from Operation Warm to distribute to children in my community?

  9.  Will my donation really make a difference?

Answers...

1.  Why does Operation Warm provide only NEW coats for children in elementary school? 

Operation Warm knows that a new coat means more than just warmth; for many children, a new coat may be the only new item the child has ever received. Since 1998, we have seen our coats inspire feelings of pride, excitement and joy, and help to raise the self-esteem of children struggling in poverty.

2. How long has Operation Warm been in existence?

Operation Warm began in 1998 and became incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2002.  As Operation Warm’s mission expanded, we learned about the Coats for Kids Foundation, a local non-profit in Alexandria, VA when they began sourcing coats from Operation Warm for their work in the National Capital area.  In 2010, the Coats for Kids Foundation became a part of Operation Warm’s national program and now the work of the combined organizations is present in 41 states. 

3.  How does my donation help?

Operation Warm is very proud to inform donors that 97 cents on every dollar goes to the national coat program.  3 cents of every dollar raised goes to the overhead expenses associated with running this important non-profit.  Every dollar helps bring warmth to a child in need.

4.  Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Our Federal Tax ID number is 38-3663310.

Click here to view our IRS Determination Letter
Click here to view our 2010 990 Form

5. How does Operation Warm identify children to receive the new coats? 

Operation Warm is not a “direct service” organization.  This means that we do not provide new coats directly to recipients.  Due to the size and scale of our operation we work with community partners (organizations within communities) that serve children from underprivileged homes.  With assistance from schools, shelters, human service agencies and other direct-service organizations, we can ensure that coats go to the children who need them most.  More often than not, these organizations help determine eligibility for a new coat based on the families they serve who are enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program – a program established by the Federal government to help low-income families provide 1 or 2 nutritious meals a day at school.

6.  How can I help your organization other than a cash donation?

Operation Warm welcomes help from volunteers.  First and foremost we encourage enthusiastic supporters to consider hosting a fund-raiser, (car wash, bake sale, talent show, etc.)  Depending upon where you live, there may also be opportunities to volunteer at coat distribution events.  Please check VolunteerMatch.com to look for opportunities to volunteer for our organization and/or check out our Resources Page on our web site. Several other fun and creative ways you can help raise funds can be found on the Other Ways to Give page.

We also love to have interns work for us!  We find interns to be smart, energetic, creative, and dedicated.  If you’d like to learn more about an internship with our organization, please e-mail us at info@OperationWarm.org.  We have lots of fun and exciting projects to offer as an internship.

7.  You are in 41 states.  How do you select the states in which you work and how do I know if you’re in my state? 

Our goal is to put a new winter coat on every child in need, one coat at a time.  In order to do this, we rely on other organizations and individuals who share our vision and mission.  We go where there is an expressed need for help, and/or where we are able to raise adequate funding to distribute coats to an organization that expresses that need.  To provide coats in a new community we need to raise funds to cover the cost of the coats.  We are grateful for any leads to organizations, foundations, corporations and individuals who might support our work within your community.  Please help us reach out to more children by raising awareness with organizations in your area. Every child is important to us!  Click to see our U.S. map that highlights the states where we currently distribute coats.

8.  Can I buy coats from Operation Warm to distribute to children in my community?

If you are part of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and have raised money with your organization to distribute coats to children in need, you may source coats from Operation Warm at cost through our Marketplace program.  Marketplace was set up to help spread our mission through like-minded non-profit organizations who want to help children in need.  Click here for more information on our Marketplace program.

9.  Will my donation really make a difference?

Absolutely!  Every donation, regardless of size, furthers the work we do and gives children across the US hope where there may have only been despair.  Thank you for considering a gift to Operation Warm.  Donate by clicking here, or to make a recurring monthly gift, click here.  Our work is made possible through the generosity of people like you who strive to make a difference.