While driving on the streets of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Dick Sanford encountered a sight that eventually spurred the formation of Operation Warm: a group of children – coatless – huddled at a bus stop on a cold December morning in 1998. The sight led Dick to drive to a local department store and purchase every coat in stock. With the help of his local rotary club, those 58 coats were given directly to kids in need.
This gesture of kindness inspired the creation of Operation Warm. The first 58 coats were purchased by one man, but the millions of coats since then have been a result of communities united, working together to improve the livelihood of children living in poverty.
Richard D. Sanford
Founder & Chairman
Lifelong entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dick founded Operation Warm & the Sanford Foundation in 1998 after a career in technology and finance.
Chief Financial Officer
After 25 years of finance and operations experience in both the public and private sector, Stephanie joined Operation Warm in 2008.
A tenured advertising and brand marketing professional and active Rotarian, Rich leads Operation Warm's organizational strategy, development and community programs.
Financials, Filings and Ratings
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96% Program Efficiency
Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit space in efficiency. This past year, 96 cents on every dollar raised went to our coat program.
Highly Rated Nonprofit
We have a 5 star rating on GreatNonprofits and have been recognized by GuideStar as a Platinum participant, their highest honor.
News & Press
Tennessee Students Receive New Coats Thanks to FedEx Cares
Christmas came early for many students at LaRose Elementary School thanks to FedEx Cares. On December 14th, each student received a brand new coat through the annual FedEx Cares coat…Read More
Hollister and Operation Warm Partner for 2nd Year to Help Kids in Need
For the second year in a row, Hollister Co. has partnered with Operation Warm to provide new winter coats to children in need across the U.S. Between November 29 and…Read More