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PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED

Pacific Wrecks is a non-profit dedicated to bringing home those Missing In Action (MIA) and leveraging new technologies in the study of World War II Pacific and the Korean War

Hyde Park, NY   |  pacificwrecks.com
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PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED

EIN: 26-1791800


Mission

Pacific Wrecks Incorporated is a non-profit organization devoted to sharing information about the Pacific Theater of World War II and the Korean War. Our mission is to document Missing In Action MIA personnel and protect remaining sites to preserve their legacy for future generations.

Ruling year info

2008

Director

Justin Taylan

Main address

P. O. Box 859

Hyde Park, NY 12538 USA

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EIN

26-1791800

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Historic preservation

Public affairs

Special population support

Population served info

Adults

Military personnel

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pacific Wrecks is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization, working to locate and document MIA personnel from past conflicts though on-site fieldwork, historical research, and protecting remaining wreckage sites.

Over 82,000 American service members remain listed as missing in action (MIA) worldwide, with 75% of them in the Asia-Pacific region, from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. While the U. S. government Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to searching for and identifying America's missing, there simply are not sufficient financial and human resources available to tackle the important mission of bringing our fallen heroes home. Moreover, as time passes the likelihood of discovering and identifying remains decreases due to site degradation and loss of living relatives.

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?

Pacific Wrecks free historical research and analysis services

Pacific Wrecks provides free research and analysis services for the general public related to 20th century conflicts including World War II Pacific and the Korean War. During 2017, hundreds of individual research projects were undertaken using primary records in the United States, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Japan. Also, secondary sources including published books and independent research.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

Pacific Wrecks conducts field expeditions to search for Missing In Action (MIA) American personnel, lost aircraft and shipwrecks. These expeditions are mounted worldwide with a focus on Asia-Pacific and World War II missing. Field activities are conducted on both terrestrial and marine environments using historical research, the cooperation of local landowners and employ new technology. Ongoing expeditions are conducted in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines and North Korea, pending approval and permission from officials.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

Pacific Wrecks' primary outreach program is maintaining and expanding our website www.PacificWrecks.com. With over 40,000 unique pages of content, the website is a free online resource available globally. The website allows anyone with information on this topic to freely share and receive attribution credit. Each year over 500,000+ unique users access the website and thousands of pages are referenced.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

Where we work

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 new website visitors

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

Adults, Veterans

Related Program

Pacific Wrecks website information sharing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pacific Wrecks tracks unique website visitors via Google Analytics. A New visitor is tracked by a cookie. If they delete this cookie, they are counted as new visitor when or if they return again.

Number of website pageviews

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

Adults, Veterans

Related Program

Pacific Wrecks website information sharing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pacific Wrecks tracks Pageviews via Google Analytics. Pageviews are tracked by a cookie every time a page is viewed. This includes page reloads, refreshes or use of back/forward buttons.

Number of website sessions

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

Adults, Veterans

Related Program

Pacific Wrecks website information sharing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pacific Wrecks tracks sessions via Google Analytics. Sessions are tracked by a cookie as a group of interactions one user takes within a 30 minutes time frame on the website.

Number of unique website visitors

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

Adults, Veterans

Related Program

Pacific Wrecks website information sharing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pacific Wrecks tracks unique website visitors via Google Analytics. Google uses the term "users" to describe unique visitors (number of distinct individuals by IP address per day) tracked by a cookie.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The mission of Pacific Wrecks is to bring home missing-in-action (MIA) service members from past conflicts; to research and share information on these conflicts including the locations, airfields, aircraft, and ships involved; to conduct oral history interviews with veterans and their relatives; and to protect remaining aircraft, ships, and battlefield sites to preserve their legacy for the future.

Pacific Wrecks engages in on-site field expeditions to locate, document, and preserve wreckage worldwide with a strong focus on Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, areas of intense air, naval, and ground combat during World War II. We also perform historical research using a variety of primary source documents, collect written and oral histories from veterans, and share this information publicly through a comprehensive website (www.PacificWrecks.com) used by families of MIAs, historical scholars, and anyone with an interest in this topic to facilitate information sharing.

Pacific Wrecks has been working to document and preserve wreckage sites, publicly share information about World War II in the Pacific and the Korean War, and bring home MIA service personnel since 1995. We have strong partnerships with historians, archivists, archeologists, museum curators, and government officials in the Unites States, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, the Philippines, and Japan. Pacific Wrecks volunteers leverage their expertise in historical and genealogical research, underwater archaeology, media production, language and cultural anthropology of the Pacific, GIS mapping, and new technologies including sonar and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) drones to fulfill our mission.

Our major accomplishment is the Pacific Wrecks website, a freely accessible online database of the people, places, and events crucial to understanding World War II in the Pacific Theater and the Korean War. We also review popular and scholarly books, magazines, and films dealing with this subject. Veterans or their family members can submit photos or information or request help researching a person, place, or event.

In total, Pacific Wrecks has documented thousands of aircraft, shipwrecks, and battlefields, including many with associated MIA remains. We have orchestrated or facilitated the reporting of sites plus the identification and recovery of remains of the fallen to the proper government authorities in the United States, Japan, and Australia. We have also coordinated the return of identifiable personal effects such as dog tags found in the field to surviving veterans or family members.

In the future, we will continue our ongoing mission of information sharing, documentation, and field searches and conceiving future expeditions to locate and identify America's Missing In Action. As America's World War II Greatest Generation further fades into distant history, we need to redouble our efforts to preserve their legacy by sharing their history with the public and continuing our search to bring home those service members still missing worldwide.

Financials

PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

57.67

Average of 47.50 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

71.4

Average of 30.3 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED

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 PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED’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 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $13,593 $192,546 $257,460 $8,579 $32,135
As % of expenses 36.7% 107.6% 137.6% 12.1% 47.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,506 $175,273 $257,460 $8,579 $32,135
As % of expenses 12.2% 89.3% 137.6% 12.1% 47.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $51,376 $362,471 $444,609 $79,376 $100,277
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 605.5% 22.7% 0.0% 26.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 1.7% 1.7%
Government grants 74.3% 95.5% 90.4% 87.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 25.7% 0.8% 0.1% 13.7% 102.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 3.6% 9.4% -2.5% -3.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $37,010 $179,003 $187,149 $70,797 $68,142
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 383.7% 4.6% 0.0% -3.8%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 6.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 1.6% 2.0% 1.5% 21.6% 3.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 5.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 98.2% 97.8% 86.3% 78.4% 96.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Total expenses (after depreciation) $45,097 $196,276 $187,149 $70,797 $68,142
One month of savings $3,084 $14,917 $15,596 $5,900 $5,679
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $48,181 $211,193 $202,745 $76,697 $73,821

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Months of cash 5.6 13.2 29.0 62.5 71.4
Months of cash and investments 5.6 13.2 29.0 62.5 71.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.4 12.5 28.4 62.1 70.2
Balance sheet composition info 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Cash $17,243 $196,313 $451,553 $368,882 $405,624
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,088 $17,273 $17,273 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 39.2% 5.4% 1.8% 0.7% 1.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $10,480 $185,753 $443,213 $366,456 $398,591

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Director

Justin Taylan

Justin Taylan is the founder/director of Pacific Wrecks. His interest in the topic began with his grandfather, Carl R. Thien who was a U. S. Army combat photographer in the Pacific during World War II. In 1993, he first traveled with his grandfather to New Guinea. Since then he has devoted his efforts to documenting and researching remaining war relics across the world.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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PACIFIC WRECKS INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Justin Taylan

Richard Taylan

Linda Taylan

David McCampbell

Sherry McCampbell

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 4/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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