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Nittany Greyhounds

aka Nittany Greyhounds, Inc.   |   Port Matilda, PA   |  www.nittanygreys.org

Mission

Nittany Greyhounds' mission is two-fold: To place retired racing greyhounds into permanent residential homes, and to promote better relationships between people and their dogs (of any breed) through educational programs and community events.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Mr. Robert Koch

Main address

30 TLD Circle

Port Matilda, PA 16870 USA

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EIN

23-2881593

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we aim to solve is to ensure that every greyhound is adopted into a loving, forever home when they are retired from the racing industry. This includes international greyhounds that have raced as well as domestic. To accomplish this, we are a dog adoption organization that finances our mission through fundraisers and events, our boarding kennel fees, and private donations. We have been in existence since 1997, and to date have placed more than 2,000 greyhounds into homes. We provide support and guidance for our adopters during the adoption process and remain available as a resource throughout the life of the dog to ensure a successful adoption. In 2008, we purchased a property that includes a dog kennel, house, and barn to use for our adoptable greyhounds. All of our efforts are volunteer-based except for the dog kennel. We employ 4 part-time employees to help manage and run the kennel to ensure consistent, experienced care for our greyhounds.

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?

Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program

This is our main mission -- to transport, rehabilitate, and rehome retired racing greyhounds, both domestic and international. Since 1997, the year of our incorporation, we have placed more than 2,000 greyhounds in homes. All fundraising, events, and awareness programs support this mission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Greyhounds in Gettysburg is one of the largest greyhound gatherings in the eastern United States, celebrating the breed and the people who adopt retired racers. This is primarily a fundraiser, gathering together more than a thousand people and their greyhounds for education, social opportunities, and shopping. Greyhound and sighthound adoption organizations attend to fundraise and educate the public. Experts speak on a diversity of greyhound-related topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We obtain injured greyhounds from racetrack trainers and veterinarians, get them the veterinary care they require, rehabilitate them, and care for them until they are adopted into homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are one of the American adoption organizations receiving retired racing greyhounds from Ireland each month, with the help of the Irish Greyhound Trust. We transport them from the airport to our kennel, and care for them until adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nittany Greyhounds educates the public about greyhounds as pets and their specialized medical needs by attending community events, answering public inquiries, posting information on our website and Facebook page, and bringing greyhounds to public Meet and Greet events at local pet stores. We also provide volunteer opportunities for the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

An annual fundraiser in partnership with Funds2Org. We and our volunteers collect shoes during the month-long program. At the end of the month, we give the shoes to Funds2Org and recieve a donation based on the number of shoes we collect.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Adults

Related Program

Injured Dog Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Greyhounds in our Injured Dogs Program and some greyhounds in our Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program receive medical treatment or behavioral training to heal and prepare for adoption.

Number of animals rehomed

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

Adults

Related Program

Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric relates to our Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program and the International Greyhound Movement Program.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric focuses on greyhound adoptions through our Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program and the International Greyhound Movement Program.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Adults

Related Program

Greyhounds in Gettysburg

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of attendees is for all events, including Greyhounds in Gettysburg. The total for 2020 was zero because all of our events were cancelled during that pandemic year.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

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

Adults

Related Program

Greyhound Education and Community Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Nittany Greyhounds Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric includes the volunteers involved in all of our programs.

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 goals are simple. Every greyhound "retired" from racing, either domestic or international, will be cared for, rehabilitated (if injured), assessed, then placed in a forever home.

To receive greyhounds from the racing industry, we maintain good relationships with trainers, owners, and track veterinarians. We fundraise to be able to transport, care for, treat, and rehabilitate any greyhounds with injuries or other medical issues that need to be addressed. We are required to have the domestic greyhounds spayed or neutered before adoption. Then we provide any further medical care required, including worming, and begin the matching process between potential adopters and the dogs. Irish greyhounds are spayed or neutered before we receive them.

Our year-round fundraising strategies include: events, raffles, donations, and participation in community events to increase awareness and support, etc. Additional fundraising efforts include our Annual Shoe Drive, Greyhounds in Gettysburg, and the Centre Gives online fundraiser hosted by Centre Foundation.

We have recently begun to take injured dogs from domestic tracks that have neck or back injuries, broken legs, and other injuries. We work with a veterinarian to evaluate the dogs' health, treat them and rehabilitate them prior to the adoption process. This is very expensive, and we are increasing our fundraising to sustain these efforts.

Our volunteer base is very large. Adopters, volunteers and supporters are eager to help us with fundraising, our programs, and our events. We have courted and maintained excellent relationships with other organizations, the community, volunteers, and donors, which helps us continue to raise the funding required for our programs. We have never defaulted on a loan or on our property mortgage, vet bills, taxes, or anything else required of us financially. We and our supporters are ready, willing, and able to continue our mission until 100% of retired racers are healthy and have homes.

Since our incorporation in 1997, we have continously and consistently placed retired racing greyhounds in homes. Over 2000 dogs have been adopted through Nittany Greyhounds. We raised enough money to buy our own kennel in 2008 and maintain it, with no defaults or issues. Nittany Greyhounds provides educational opportunities for adopters and the community, including guidance and support for new adopters to ensure successful adoptions. We created a emergency medical fund to help our adopters with veterinary care, if needed, so they can afford to keep their dogs when facing large medical bills. We remain involved in our community and provide volunteer opportunities. We were approved to be a site for emergency care of dogs, and we serve as a source of information for various university classes, local scouting troops, and elementary school field trips. We educate the community about greyhounds as pets through attending community events, posting information on our website and Facebook page, and bringing greyhounds to our Meet and Greet events at local pet stores. We continue to coordinate Greyhounds in Gettysburg, the largest educational and social gathering of greyhound owners in the eastern United States.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Adopters; Prospective Adopters; Event Guests; Donors; Supporters; Community Partners; Volunteers; Kennel Boarding Customers; Interested Members of the Public

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, Conversations,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    (1) Changed our adoption policy to reflect issues seen with adoptions. (2) Changed an event in response to a suggestion made by a guest.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from people we serve has changed our relationships with many, and shifted power by giving them a voice in decisions. We polled our Greyhounds in Gettysburg (GiG) attendees to chose the 2020 event date and they chose September instead of our usual April as a safer time. After some GiG vendors asked for help with transporting wares, setting up and tearing down booths, we created a team of volunteers, the Vendor Tenders, to help them. We tested a grab and go breakfast option for GiG vendors, who loved it and asked us to keep doing it. Years ago, a donor noticed we didn't write handwritten thank yous to donors so she volunteered. Another woman recognized a need and now designs and sews warm coats for each adopted greyhound. Feedback inspires people to get involved.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Nittany Greyhounds

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Koch

Nittany Greyhounds

Term: 2018 - 2025

Ellen Aschenbrenner

no affiliation

Robert Koch

no affiliation

Sharon Bracken

no affiliation

Joy Gilson

No affiliation

Beth Hench

no affiliation

Martha Steckel

no affiliation

Katy Stager

no affiliation

Toni Duchi

no affiliation

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.