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Disaster Relief

August 4, 2009

Dear Friends, 

This past April, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in Italy, destroying entire villages and leaving 66,000 people homeless. We were one of the first disaster relief organizations to respond to the quake, with a team from Operation Blessing International arriving on the ground within 24 hours. For days we provided critical emergency relief to survivors. Today, over three months later, OB has partnered with one of the hardest hit towns, Villa Sant'Angelo, to build a community center that will become a focal point for the entire region. OBI has launched a website, ItalyQuakeProject.com, to chronicle the progress. 

This project is modeled after our recent effort in China, where we rebuilt the entire village of Yao Jin after being destroyed by an earthquake (ChinaQuakeProject.com). 

These stories are just the latest in what has been an incredible 12 months for OBI. Just the other day, we learned that OBI was awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4 star rating for sound fiscal management for the fifth year in a row.  This is an incredible accomplishment that only 4% of rated charities have ever achieved. 

In its most recent charity ratings issue, Forbes ranked us as one of "America's 200 Largest Charities" as well as one of "America’s Most Efficient Charities," scoring a perfect 100% rating in fundraising efficiency. Only 18 of the top 200 charities earned this high mark. Similarly, OBI scored 99% efficiency in charitable commitment, which calculates how much of total expense went directly to the charitable purpose. OBI ranks well above the top 200 average in this category as well.  

Additionally, the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked OBI as the 58th largest non-governmental organization and 9th largest international charity. 

God bless you.

Pat Robertson

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
—Philippians 4:13

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