Missing Persons Center Inc

Los Angeles, CA   |  https://missingpersonscenter.org

Mission

Our mission is creating a worldwide, centralized missing persons reporting portal for use by law enforcement and families. Through our extensive social media contacts, we publicize missing persons cases to be sure all cases get media attention, we investigate cases, provide a tip section of our website for people to share tips to help find someone and we have created a volunteer Search & Rescue Task Force that can be called on by law enforcement and families to support search efforts. We not only profile missing adults and children, but also profile suspects connected to missing people listed on our site. We have the world's most comprehensive reporting system, but also a very useful website for users to interact with members with many combined features to further our mission.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Missing Persons Center, Inc. was created to fill in the service gaps of law enforcement and to service families who have a missing loved one. We are in overwhelming demand since we don't simply list missing people, we do have volunteer investigators and search and rescue teams ready to assist when called upon. We actively engage with law enforcement and families regarding missing people and are very active in getting the cases exposure and needed resources to continue searching. We will always offer our services free of charge to those who count on us when all else has failed. Our social media presence is growing daily and traffic to our database is global and growing too. We are receiving more requests for information on specific cases and many people are looking for advice on what to do if they are not receiving enough exposure for their missing loved one and how to work with law enforcement to motivate them to expend resources and actively investigate their case.

Ruling year info

2021

President & CEO

Law Olmstead

Main address

5777 W Century Blvd Suite 1100, Unit 280

Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA

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EIN

84-5170525

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Missing Persons Investigations & Reporting

The Missing Persons Center profiles, reports, publicizes and investigates missing persons cases.

We are networked with other missing persons organizations, globally to enable us in being the world's central missing persons repository. Not only are we the worldwide profiling center, but we are building relationships with local investigative sources and search and rescue teams in many regions of the world that document missing people.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the families of missing people. We are in close contact with the families who turn to us for assistance on an ongoing basis. Those families who have found closure while using us have been very vocal in showing their great appreciation for the services we provide in both writing and verbally.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have never had to make any adjustments to response from feedback since our organization was well thought out from the beginning with a huge emphasis on inclusion. We knew from the onset that there was a huge issue with the way missing persons cases were handled and there was disparity regarding race, age, sex, religion and economic status. Our services were implemented to be blind of the biased issues and we treat all people the same and provide equity in all services we provide from beginning to end.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It helps build trust and confidence that no missing person is being left behind and that all our cases are provided the best services we can provide. People love to know they are dealing with an organization that is fair and treats everyone with the same interest and vigor as the next.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Missing Persons Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Law Olmstead

Missing Persons Center

Law Olmstead

Missing Persons Center

Sophon Uon

Missing Persons Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/31/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.