Special Ops Sv Inc

aka Special Operations-Finding Kids   |   LOS ALTOS, CA   |
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Special Ops Sv Inc

EIN: 81-2874951


Our mission is to keep kids safe from sex trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Principal Officer

Isabelle Finney

Main address

PO BOX 1395


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Subject area info

Sexual abuse

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FBI studies indicate that the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the largest hubs for child sex trafficking in the United States. Over half a million children go missing each year in our country -- many presumed to be victims of sex trafficking. In 2022, there were 62,200 reports of missing children in California. Studies reveal that two-thirds of runaways are never even reported missing. Sex trafficking is the fastest growing, most profitable business of organized crime in the world. Unlike drugs, a child can be sold multiple times per day, over and over again. All youth are vulnerable to sex traffickers, but those who have already endured some form of trauma become especially easy prey. Unless there is clear evidence of nefarious circumstances, a child who runs away is typically not considered an urgent case by law enforcement. Young victims are often traumatized and scared to testify against the perpetrator.

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?

Special Operations

Founded in 2017, Special Operations was born from an unmet need in our community — the need for boots-on-the-ground private forces to prioritize the search and recovery of at-risk youth in crisis situations who have a high risk of being exploited. We hire specialized private investigators to find the young victims, we get them the help they need, and we support law enforcement efforts to send their predators to prison.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


1% For Good 2020

Sereno Group

Affiliations & memberships

Sereno Group 1% For Good 2020

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 perpetrators identified

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

Special Operations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of children found and helped

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

Special Operations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


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.

Our vision it for every child to be free to be a child.

Our mission is to keep kids safe from sex traffickers in the Bay Area and beyond.

Our purpose is to recover young victims, to get them the help they need, and to send traffickers to prison.

Our organization was born from an unmet need in our community -- the need for boots-on-the-ground investigators to join the fight to prevent children from being exploited. Our team of private investigators and retired law enforcement officers knows how to find both victims and perpetrators. It takes the community's help to solve hidden sex trafficking crimes. Once a child is recovered, we work with partners to provide direct assistance to the victims -- emergency housing, financial assistance, legal help -- any support they need to begin healing. When victims feel safe and are empowered to testify, traffickers go to prison. The result is a safer community for us all.

Since our inception in 2017, we have found over 100 missing children, extended counseling and aftercare to 71 children and families, and identified and prosecuted 36 predators.

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 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 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


Special Ops Sv 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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.46 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Special Ops Sv Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Special Ops Sv 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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $376,180 $419,363
As % of expenses 98.7% 60.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $376,180 $419,363
As % of expenses 98.7% 60.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $714,655 $1,110,476
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 55.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $381,254 $691,113
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 81.3%
Personnel 26.0% 51.8%
Professional fees 67.4% 34.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 6.6% 13.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $381,254 $691,113
One month of savings $31,771 $57,593
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $413,025 $748,706

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 17.3 12.8
Months of cash and investments 17.3 12.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.5 15.8
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $548,713 $738,778
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $5,114 $211,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 11.4% 4.2%
Unrestricted net assets $490,909 $910,272
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $490,909 $910,272

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Isabelle Finney

Passionate about protecting children. Passionate about justice. Isabelle is the CEO of Special Operations, an agency that hires private investigators to help families and law enforcement find kids most vulnerable to being commercially exploited into the burgeoning sex trafficking industry. In 2011, Isabelle pivoted from her business career to work closely with organizations focused on protecting the most marginalized in society. She has served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for International Justice Mission, as Philanthropy Advisor with Geneva Global, and VP of Philanthropy for Opportunity International where she still serves as a Senior Advisor. Isabelle has been on the Board of a local pregnancy resource center and has volunteered with foster children as a court-appointed social advocate (CASA).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

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Board of directors
as of 09/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Katie Beers

Susan Lundberg

Steve Wagstaffe

Lynn Miller

Blair Maus

Julianne W.

Runa Magowan

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 5/18/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2023

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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.