The National Kitten Coalition

Education saves lives

aka The National Kitten Coalition   |   GAINESVILLE, VA   |  kittencoalition.org

Mission

To increase the survival rates of kittens

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Rosemarie Crawford

Main address

7371 ATLAS WALK WAY 212

GAINESVILLE, VA 20155 USA

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EIN

26-2188884

NTEE code info

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

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kittens, in particular kittens younger than eight weeks, are perhaps the most euthanized population of animals at shelters and rescues. This is because there is a shortage of trained shelter/rescue staff and foster care providers to care for them. They typically have special medical and other care needs that are time-intensive. Shelter/rescues need more trained staff and volunteer foster care providers so that the kittens that come through their doors can be properly cared for, both in the shelter but ideally in private homes. Otherwise, their fate is uncertain.

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?

Education

We provide workshops, webinars and conferences teaching kitten caregivers how to care for kittens, including neonatal kittens and other at-risk kittens who would otherwise die or be euthanized by shelters that do not have the resources to care for them.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

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 students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started measuring our impact in 2017

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started measuring our impact in 2017

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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 mission is to increase the survival rate of kittens by becoming the "go to" organization recognized in the animal welfare community as providing solid, useful information related to saving at-risk kittens.

We conduct on-site all-day and part-day teaching workshops covering the full range of kitten-care issues, from supplies needed to treating a large number of common ailments and diseases. The workshops are typically sponsored by animal welfare organizations. Some qualify for continuing education credits for veterinary technicians. We have provided such workshops in a number of states across the United States.

We conduct free webinars on these topics as well.

We also are featured speakers at animal welfare conferences on kitten care topics.

We prepared a manual, free for download from our website, on how to start and operate a successful kitten nursery.

Our instructors had many decades of experience caring for at-risk kittens, both as individual fosters and as medical professionals. We stay abreast of the latest developments in veterinary medicine as they related to kitten care issues and diseases.

Teaching Presentations

In 2020, The National Kitten Coalition hosted 61 teaching events covering a range of topics related to caring for at-risk kittens (18 workshops, 17 webinars, 26 presentations at national and regional conferences).
 
Students

We reached 4,434 individuals with our educational programs. Our students included, among others, animal care professionals at shelters and rescue organizations, individuals who have fostered kittens for years, and individual who have never cared for kittens before but want to start now.
 
Kittens Saved

In surveys, our students estimate that they later cared for, on average, at least 48 kittens who would not otherwise have “made it.” Clearly, most animal care professionals individually care for hundreds of kittens a year; experienced fosters care for many more than 48 each. Nevertheless, applying this very conservative estimate to the number of students who attended our teaching presentations in 2020 suggests that The National Kitten Coalition through its educational programs saved at least 213,767.

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?

    Animal shelter staff, veterinary professionals, animal shelter volunteers and foster caregivers.

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

    Surveys after each conference, workshop/webinar,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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?

    We increased our conference presentations, we increased our online presentations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We have always tried to be responsive to the needs and interests of our students.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The National Kitten Coalition

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rosemarie Crawford

Rosemarie Crawford

Susan Spaulding

Sara Brown

Laura Baughman

Nancy Peterson

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/13/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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