Operation Parent Inc

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Operation Parent Inc

EIN: 20-3857612


To love and support parents by providing real-world information, connection, and hope.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are eager and excited to share our resources with all 63 million families in the United States. Visit us today at

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Executive Director

Darrell Bramer

Main address

PO Box 127

Buckner, KY 40010 USA

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Formerly known as

Operation Spirit



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Population served info



NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 63 million families in the United States have school-aged children ages K-12. Operation Parent wants to reach all 63 million families with prevention resources to have the tough-day-today conversations on some of the toughest topics our youth face today. Educated parents are the best prevention tool. Our goal is to dramatically reduce the number of families impacted by the perils of addiction, bullying, suicide, violence, and more by providing ongoing prevention education on alcohol, drugs, and underlying issues early in elementary school and during critical transitions into middle and high school.

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?

21 Century Prevention

A program designed with the intent to partner with school districts to disseminate information to and educate the caregivers of 4th, 6th and 9th grade students on many of the challenges these age groups are facing in today's culture. All participating families will receive a parent handbook and be provided access to informational videos on topics such as anxiety, bullying, drug abuse and more.

Population(s) Served

Operation Parent produces and hosts webinars on a monthly basis that are intended to educate parents and caregivers on many of the social challenges tweens and teens face. These webinars are free of charge and available to individual parents, schools, faith groups and coalitions. They cover a wide variety of topics including dating, social media use, bullying, drug use, mental health, alcohol and more.

Population(s) Served

Operation Parent has developed a drug prevention program, Trends N Training (TNT), that can be implemented nationwide in any community. The program engages youth and the community as they learn the latest trends in substance use and misuse. It equips parents with talking tips and conversation starters to reinforce prevention at home. It strengthens the community as students, parents, and volunteers come together to create a safer place to live.

The TNT toolkit is an event package that equips any school, drug-free coalition, or other prevention agency with the tools to foster an environment of awareness and prevention, paving the way for a healthier, drug-free future.

The Toolkit includes TNT Planning Manuals, Operation Parent Handbooks, TNT T-shirts, Drug Fact Foamboard Posters, Silicone TNT Wristbands, Promotional Posters, and a variety of promotional material in digital file format such as social media posts, parent take-home sheets, yard signs, and more!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Presenting member of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America) 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Handbook sales (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

21 Century Prevention

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Handbook sales year over year. Figures include elementary, middle/high standard edition and Christian and Spanish editions in both elementary and middle/high school.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

21 Century Prevention

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Figures reflect grants that were awarded.

Individual Donations (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

21 Century Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Figures reflect donations from individual donors.

Number of webinar attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Webinar Series

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Numbers reflect unique attendees across the following sectors: schools, coalitions, churches and individuals.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

• To educate parents EARLY and OFTEN on how to prevent substance abuse, bullying, suicide, and other high-risk behaviors
• To deliver prevention education the way parents need to receive it…printed and online
• To give all parents equal access to our prevention resources…all they need is their phone to attend our webinars
• To reduce youth substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, suicide
• To empower parents to BE PARENTS and make sure they never feel alone during the journey

- Sales of handbooks to schools, drug-free coalitions, and churches.
- Offering free high-quality and engaging webinars on relevant content parents face raising school-aged children K-12.
- Strategic fundraising initiatives to retain and recruit new donors for sustainable growth.

Operation Parent tripled in reach and revenue last year. Our webinar attendance and handbook sales continue
to grow monthly, with new parents and organizations joining our OP

We were blessed with several grants to fund the conversion of our resources
from “printed” to “digital” formats, providing parents with immediate access to our
content on their phones. These funds will also be used to translate our newest parent
handbooks to Spanish and to begin addressing the issue of “addiction”.

Our webinar attendance is at 44%, four percent above the national average for webinar attendance. This high attendance rate was due in part to strategic pre and post-communication with our attendees, as well as listing to their needs and making changes accordingly.

In the last 15 years, Operation Parent has supported and engaged over 200,000 parents across the United States with our self-published parent handbooks and free monthly webinars. For the past ten years, we have partnered with federally funded drug-free coalitions nationwide, providing them with our prevention education resources. We actively work with 140 coalitions in all 50 states! Our coalition partners have one mission: to reduce youth substance abuse in their communities. Most of them, are battling the opioid crisis.

Our resources not only educate parents about opioids but also about alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and tobacco. Most importantly, however, parents discover underlying issues that can fuel a child’s first use, such as anxiety, depression, bullying, social media, unsupervised parties, and numerous other issues. In addition to partnering with these drug-free coalitions, we partner with hospitals, mental health counselors, school districts and employers by providing community presentations, employee lunch and learns, webinars, and videos focused on prevention education. Most recently, we partnered with the Kentucky Baptist Convention to equip their churches and employees with resources to address this epidemic. CVS Health awarded Norton Healthcare with a grant to fund parent handbooks distributed to parents from their 21 pediatric offices.

This year, we opened a satellite office in New Albany, Indiana, while partnering with a local pediatrician. We also expanded our team to include a Director of Fund Development and Social Media Specialist to hone our fundraising efforts to cultivate and steward our donor base.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Operation Parent Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.09 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Operation Parent Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Operation Parent Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operation Parent Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Operation Parent Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,671 $52,562 $86,346 -$33,413 $122,721
As % of expenses 1.2% 26.8% 41.9% -11.1% 31.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$200 $50,062 $81,090 -$42,831 $113,303
As % of expenses -0.1% 25.2% 38.4% -13.8% 28.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $221,394 $251,368 $292,236 $269,495 $516,967
Total revenue, % change over prior year 8.3% 13.5% 16.3% -7.8% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 3.5% 5.0% 0.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.7% 0.9% 4.8%
All other grants and contributions 58.9% 70.2% 65.9% 55.6% 29.7%
Other revenue 41.1% 29.8% 28.7% 38.4% 56.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $216,130 $195,978 $205,890 $299,885 $394,246
Total expenses, % change over prior year 19.7% -9.3% 5.1% 45.7% 0.0%
Personnel 53.0% 47.5% 54.0% 45.0% 56.0%
Professional fees 0.6% 0.0% 0.2% 0.8% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 46.5% 52.5% 45.8% 54.2% 44.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $219,001 $198,478 $211,146 $309,303 $403,664
One month of savings $18,011 $16,332 $17,158 $24,990 $32,854
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $24,021
Fixed asset additions $4,462 $0 $29,745 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $241,474 $214,810 $258,049 $334,293 $460,539

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Months of cash 1.3 4.9 7.9 4.0 8.0
Months of cash and investments 1.3 4.9 7.9 4.0 8.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.4 5.8 8.8 4.5 8.9
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Cash $23,204 $79,376 $136,240 $99,325 $262,911
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $989 $4,145 $0 $2,961 $2,695
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $21,992 $22,771 $38,343 $38,741 $39,560
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 71.0% 76.6% 22.3% 46.3% 93.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 11.8% 3.9% 2.2% 2.2% 4.6%
Unrestricted net assets $50,171 $100,233 $181,323 $134,329 $294,540
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $50,171 $100,233 $181,323 $134,329 $294,540

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Material data errors No No No No Yes


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Darrell Bramer

With over three decades of leadership experience, my energies and passion are focused on serving others and their communities. I have a persistent growth mindset and a forward-looking and positive approach that always seeks to add value and achieve successful outcomes. I am motivated by the opportunity to work with and serve people and organizations that are focused on making a positive impact on the world we live in

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Operation Parent Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Operation Parent Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Glenn White

Promise Packaging, LLC

Term: 2017 - 2024

Denise Jerome

Founder Michaelis Events

Dr. Stephen Johnson

Pediatrician and Psychologist

Gwenevere Josey

Retired HR professional

Annette Peters

Manager, Capstone Realty

Stephen Van Zant

Attorney at Bell, Hess, Van Zant Attorneys

Darin Bennett

Practice Manager Taylor Orthodontics

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/13/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2024

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.