Animal related

Nathaniel J Williams Foundation, Inc.

Providing Assistance Dogs for Lifelong Partnerships

aka A.C.T.S.

North Conway, NH


To acquire, raise, train, and place assistance dogs with persons with disabilities and/or organizations and/or clinicians working with persons with emotional, psychological, developmental, or physical problems.

Ruling Year


Chief Administrator/Board Chair

Robin Crocker

Main Address

PO Box 52

North Conway, NH 03860 USA

Formerly Known As


Assistance Canine Training Services


assistance dogs, service dogs, service dog training, therapy dogs





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Short Term Goals for 2018:

1. Increase Donations
2. Increase Quality of Incoming Puppies
3. Increase Volunteer Base
4. Increase Presence of Younger Volunteers in Higher Positions
5. Completion of ADI Accreditation.

Long Term Goals:

1. Paid administrative and/or training staff
2. Creation of a privately trained service dog accreditation program

Increase Donations:
Sponsorship Program
Name the Puppy Program

Increase Quality of Puppies:
Work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind Breeding Program
Development of standards for puppy selection

Increase Volunteer Base:
Start a Portland, ME Puppy Raising Region

Increase the Presence of Younger Volunteers in Higher Positions
Open a Position on the Board for a Younger Volunteer
Open the Position of A+ Puppy to a Younger Volunteer
Open the Position of Puppy Coordinator for Portland to a Younger Volunteer
Encourage Younger Volunteers Using Press Releases & Social Media
Add Evening Practice Sessions to Accommodate Working Volunteers

ADI Accreditation
Submit Pre-Assessment Paperwork and Fees
Prepare for Inspection

Long Term Goals: The addition of staff will necessitate additional financial security and funding. To this end we are working on a program of increasing our fees. Once our ADI accreditation is complete we will form a committee and begin working on the standards required to certify personally trained service dogs.

We are fully capable of meeting our short term goals. Many of them have been started already and will easily be complete by the end of 2018.

Our long term goals will take us some time to accomplish. We are an all volunteer organization and at times our volunteers are giving us all they can. However, we have a strong working Board and a group that is willing to work toward our goals.

Our short term goals are pretty concrete. Completion is easy to measure.

Long term goals are dependent on the completion of short term goals and on the financial security of the organization. We will know we are ready to move forward with paid staff when the organization is financially stable and able to afford staff hiring.

-We have created a Sponsorship Program and a Name the Puppy Program and have a committee working on the distribution of that information to the community.
-We currently have a working relationship with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and have received three puppies from their breeding program. We have created standards for puppy selection and have incorporated them into the process of accepting donated puppies from breeders.
-We have recruited enough volunteers in the Portland, ME area to enable us to open a region there for practice sessions. We are talking to volunteers and recruiting for a Puppy Coordinator to organize that effort.
-We have moved a younger volunteer into the position of A+ Puppy Trainer and have recruited several other younger volunteers. We continue to encourage younger volunteers when possible and have opened up two evening practice sessions to make it easier for volunteers that work during the day.
-Our ADI accreditation is on hold waiting for ADI to review our pre-assessment paperwork and schedule a site visit.
-We have set a new schedule of client fees and goals for steady increases in the next few years.
-We have created a committee to work on fundraising opportunities

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?