Operation Underground Railroad

The information on this page was last updated 7/11/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


We exist to rescue children from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 57338
Salt Lake City, UT 84157

Website: ourrescue.org

Phone: (818)850-6146

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 463614979

CEO/President: Brad Damon

Chairman: Tim Ballard

Board size: 7

Founder: Tim Ballard

Ruling year: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We lead the fight against child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation around the globe. Our work has no boundaries- we go to the darkest corners of the world to assist law enforcement in rescuing children and ensure ongoing aftercare. We provide critical resources to law enforcement and preventative efforts that benefit at-risk children worldwide.

Our resolve never falters, and we will faithfully persevere until every child is safe.

Mission statement

To shine a light worldwide on the global epidemic of child sex trafficking, and in so doing, rescue more children from slavery and assist law enforcement to seek justice for those who violate children. While our focus remains on children, we assist survivors of all ages to bring them safety and healing. We place survivors on a path to recovery by partnering with vetted aftercare providers or by placing them with families.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1106 of 111042 of 42
Fund acquisition rating1048 of 111141 of 42
Resource allocation rating1031 of 111141 of 42
Asset utilization rating1093 of 111042 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,298,716$4,294,709$1,328,361$907,671$744,786
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,250,803$30,829,135$16,561,110$3,930,747$3,807,063
Long-term investments$43,711,745$39,914,760$50,998,603$25,767,207$12,597,159
Fixed assets$14,137,825$9,232,049$483,626$486,214$499,334
Other long-term assets$5,384,041$2,162,869$32,973$733,212$235,939
Total long-term assets$63,233,611$51,309,678$51,515,202$26,986,633$13,332,432
Total assets$71,484,414$82,138,813$68,076,312$30,917,380$17,139,495
Payables and accrued expenses$1,702,898$1,172,483$645,469$98,627$160,599
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,702,898$1,172,483$645,469$98,627$160,599
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,899,469$207,169$21,862$7,882$7,090
Total long-term liabilities$9,149,447$207,169$21,862$7,882$7,090
Total liabilities$10,852,345$1,379,652$667,331$106,509$167,689
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$60,022,537$80,611,761$67,126,948$30,789,887$16,801,471
With donor restrictions$609,532$147,400$282,033$20,984$170,335
Net assets$60,632,069$80,759,161$67,408,981$30,810,871$16,971,806
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$27,637,158$39,658,518$45,943,117$21,193,139$17,505,241
Program service revenue$1,340,239$890,559$973,455$353,883$245,819
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$154,424$1,426,574$571,370$671,725($105,565)
Other revenue$230,903$334,418$61,071$166,755($113,298)
Total other revenue$1,725,566$2,651,551$1,605,896$1,192,363$26,956
Total revenue$29,362,724$42,310,069$47,549,013$22,385,502$17,532,197
Program services$31,910,480$22,891,485$10,360,983$8,108,870$9,624,186
Management and general$6,349,474$5,045,971$1,384,879$499,849$465,006
Total expenses$44,481,219$31,472,574$13,559,174$9,530,682$11,260,873
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Surplus (deficit)($15,118,495)$10,837,495$33,989,839$12,854,820$6,271,324
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($15,118,495)$10,837,495$33,989,839$12,854,820$6,271,324


Brad DamonPresident$566,550
Tim BallardFounder and CEO$546,458
Simon BrewerChief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer$400,350
Nathon LewisChief Development Officer$309,083
Emily EvansChief Communications Officer$290,167
Jerry GowenChief Experience Officer$281,706
Alessandra SeranoChief Legal Officer$281,400
Jeff CarterChief E-Commerce Officer$268,258
Marc ReynoldsBoard of Directors$4,800

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/11/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Tim Ballard spent more than a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

He has worked in that role and has seen every type of case in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. He's worked in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. He has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued children from slavery and exploitation.

While working for the government, Ballard saw how much more is needed in the fight against child trafficking and exploitation across the world. In 2013, he and a team of former government operatives left the security of their careers to accomplish the work of rescuing children as a private foundation - Operation Underground Railroad. At O.U.R., Tim has created a team that can work in any jurisdiction and in conjunction with law enforcement to rescue children directly. That team exists today and operates all over the world.

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