MAG America, Inc.

Saves Lives Builds Futures

aka Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America)   |   Washington, DC   |  www.magamerica.org

Mission

Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is an international organization that saves lives and builds futures through the removal and destruction of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and other weapons remaining after conflict. MAG America is a 501(c)3 organization that raises funds and awareness for MAG's life-saving work from the American community, which includes individuals, corporations, foundations and government donors. MAG America's mission is to save lives and build safer futures. We do this by clearing landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs and by reducing the impact on communities of small arms, light weapons and ammunition

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mr. Jamie Franklin

Main address

1776 K Street NW Suite 700

Washington, DC 20006 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

52-2302253

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Landmines and unexploded bombs can remain in the ground for decades after a conflict has ended. One person every hour is killed or injured by one of these indiscriminate killers. Almost half are children. Often families cannot cultivate farm land or travel on roads contaminated by these dangerous weapons, making it difficult to sustain themselves. Communities cannot fully recover from conflict and thrive as they are hindered by the deadly explosive devices surrounding them, threatening lives and preventing development of their land.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance

MAG clears landmines and UXO in places like Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. MAG hires and trains local men and women to survey contaminated areas and to find and remove mines and UXO. MAG’s community liaison teams speak directly to communities to assess levels of contamination and its effects on people’s lives, so that MAG prioritizes areas of greatest need. They also inform communities about planned demining activities, exact locations of marked or cleared areas, and follow up afterward to ensure that all of a community's requirements are met. MAG’s clearance teams use handheld detectors, mine detection dogs, and armored machinery to remove the contamination so that safe land is returned to communities. This enables families to support themselves by growing more crops, children to attend school, people to travel on roads, and villages to thrive and develop, free from the dangers of mines and UXO.

Population(s) Served

MAG hires and trains local men and women to provide risk education in places like Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, South Sudan, and Vietnam so that vulnerable communities learn how to safely react to landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) they may encounter. Whether via virtual lessons broadcast on the radio or shared online or via in-person lessons, MAG equips people affected by mines and UXO with lifesaving knowledge to recognize, avoid, and report these items. This is especially crucial for children as their natural curiosity often leads them to pick up and play with dangerous items they find. MAG imparts this vital knowledge to children in many engaging ways, from puppet shows, to coloring sheets, to song and dance. MAG’s risk education is designed to be gender and age appropriate, context-specific, and to address risk-taking behaviors that can lead to tragic accidents.

Population(s) Served

In conflict-affected regions, improperly stored arms and ammunition puts communities at risk of instability and armed violence. These items can be diverted to the illicit arms trade and acquired by non-state armed groups. Moreover, aging ammunition that is improperly stored endangers people living close to munition sites, as unplanned explosions can occur with devastating effects on civilians. MAG helps reduce the illicit proliferation and spread of state-held weapons and the risk of unplanned explosions at munition sites in places like Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ecuador, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Peru, Senegal, and Sri Lanka. MAG works with national authorities to build and rehabilitate quality storage facilities for small arms and ammunition as well as training national security forces in weapons and ammunition storekeeping and management.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2018

InterAction - Member 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Internally displaced people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

285,251 Risk Education cumulative sessions

Number of Explosive Remnants of War (also known as ERW, such as landmines, unexploded ordnance, and cluster munitions) destroyed?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Internally displaced people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Amount of land released back to the community in acres?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Internally displaced people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MAG America's mission is to save lives and build safer futures by supporting the work of Mines Advisory Group (MAG). MAG finds and destroy landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs in places affected by conflict. Since 1989, we have helped over 18 million people in 68 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war.

By removing unexploded landmines and unexploded bombs from land, we enable communities to grow more food and make a better living, access better health services, and send their children to school on secure paths. MAG has found and destroyed more than 700 landmines and unexploded items per day – day in and day out – for 30 years. That’s 5,000 items each week for over a quarter of a century.

MAG focuses on landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), cluster munitions, and other dangerous remnants of conflict. MAG employs a variety of experts, as well as local citizens to identify and deactivate these hazardous materials. MAG's landmine clearance work is a structured process for returning safe land to the local community. Mines are found and destroyed within an environment organized to provide safety for the deminers, including clearly marking to differentiate cleared and un-cleared land.

MAG also provides risk education that aims to reach the greatest possible number of people with lifesaving information on how to recognize, avoid and report threats like landmines and unexploded bombs. Raising awareness of the threat and working directly with communities helps change behaviors and reduces the risk of death or injury. Classes are designed to be gender and age appropriate, context-specific and address behaviors that can lead to accidents. These risk education classes include how to recognize landmines, how to report a dangerous item, what to do in an emergency, the known areas of contamination, and more.

MAG also focuses on helping national police and armed forces create a safe and secure storage system for arms and ammunition to prevent accidental explosions and theft after conflict ends. When requested by the national government of a particular country, MAG first conducts surveys and assessments; based on the findings from the survey and depending on the needs of the host country, MAG can help construct or secure armories, destroy surplus weapons, or provide safety training for relevant personnel.

MAG America has 5 full-time staff positions. MAG International has an international staff of over 2,500. MAG International employs a number of Technical Field Managers (TFMs) with previous experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), mine clearance, and arms management and destruction (AMD). MAG also hires and trains local nationals to work in a variety of essential roles, such as: deminers, community liaisons, medics, and team leaders.

MAG receives much of its funding through the US government and other national governments. Most of MAG America's funding comes from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA), a division of the State Department. Funding also comes from USAID, as well as from foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Millions of people have directly benefited from MAG's work. In 2021 alone, MAG destroyed more than 67,000 landmines and unexploded bombs, safely returned over 21,000 acres of land back to communities, and provided 31,000 risk education sessions that were attended by over 305,000 people, with over 976,000 people benefitting from our work, allowing them to live free from fear.

60 million people are impacted by the landmines and unexploded ordnance in their communities. Until people and communities can build peaceful and prosperous futures in a world free from the dangerous legacy of conflict, MAG America will continue to expand our reach and help.

Financials

MAG America, Inc.
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

MAG America, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Clune

Veronica Pollock

Anne Simmons-Benton

Olivia Wong

Steven Lawry

Sheila Crowley

Daniel Clune

Erin Lin

Nikki Bagwell

Darren Cormack

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.