Operation USA, an international relief agency and the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, works with grass-roots partners on the ground to provide material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster, as well as to combat the effects of systemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $300 million for relief and development projects.
Operation USA stays in the field long after many others leave and is dedicated to rebuilding with commitment and listening to communities’ voices to determine the best way to assist them. Long-term projects are supported that promote education and health services, sustainable development, leadership building, income generating activities and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people worldwide. Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, gave Operation USA its highest 4-star rating for six consecutive years beginning in 2003. And in 2008, named OpUSA the #1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity.
Skip became involved with Operation USA after witnessing firsthand the devastation of the Tsunami in Indonesia, working hand-in-hand with local and international relief workers and organizations to bring the necessary resources to rebuild. He is now actively involved as a Board Member, his involvement spans 14 years utilizing his extensive international resources and contacts to foster collaboration on both on the board level and on the ground.