Paws With A Cause

aka PAWS   |   Wayland, MI   |  https://www.pawswithacause.org/

Mission

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1981

CEO

Ms. Michele Suchovsky

Main address

4646 South Division

Wayland, MI 49348 USA

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Formerly known as

Ears for the Deaf

EIN

38-2370342

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs and results

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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?

Assistance Dog services

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

Population(s) Served

PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc. 2016

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) 2016

Independent Charities of America 2017

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2017

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance Dog services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers host Breeding Stock Dogs, raise future Assistance Dogs, and train dogs in prison to become future Assistance Dogs. All volunteers provide highly valuable resources to support our mission.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance Dog services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer hours from our Breeding Stock Hosts, Foster Puppy Raisers, Prison Partners and office volunteers. (These numbers do not reflect the 24-hours of supervision given to dogs in the home.)

Number of new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars given by new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance Dog services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

PAWS promotes awareness through education and delivers presentations about Assistance Dogs across the country.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These individuals were at a PAWS presentation, Expo show or convention where PAWS representatives delivered an educational talk about Paws With A Cause and Assistance Dogs.

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 three year strategic goals are:
1: Build a solid foundation of sustainable canine resources to support the successful placement of a minimum of 100 client/dog teams annually.
2: Successfully conclude the transition to a philanthropic fund development model to support annual revenue objectives.
3: Redefine and align organizational strengths to effectively and efficiently meet our client needs.
4: Target educational and marketing efforts to strategically support the organization's needs and mission.

Some of our strategies to support our goals are:
- Match staffing and training needs to meet increased output.
- Research and implement the use of other breeds as Assistance Dogs.
- Educate and engage all staff on philanthropic fund development model.
- Align talent of the Board of Directors with organization's philanthropic needs, encouraging an active, participative role.
- Build relationships with donors to increase their engagement and level of giving.
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative an analysis of services provided to clients.
- Determine and implement best use of organizational resources, based on results of the analysis, to best serve and support our clients.
- Evaluate implemented steps to measure effectiveness.
- Define current and ongoing organizational needs.
- Utilize appropriate tools to communicate the message and measure outcomes quarterly.

Our greatest assets are people ~ staff, volunteers, clients and donors, who support our mission and goals. In providing services to people with disabilities, we must recognize our canine assets as well; dogs who are lovingly raised in volunteer homes and custom-trained by expert trainers to assist people in fulfilling their goals of independence.

We measure progress one client story at a time. Each client success story is a testament to the processes and procedures that are in place, covering everything from paperwork and canine health care to placement and field training. Challenges are lessons yet to be learned!

Financials

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Operations

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

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Paws With A Cause

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Greg Bonner


Board co-chair

Ms. Jane Hoggard

Douglas J. Dok Jr., Esq.

Melanie Yanchuk

Bart Merkle

Greg Bonner

Faye Richardson Green

Jane Hoggard

Janey Ladd

Scott Winters

Molly Koroleski

David Smith

Amanda Spore

Sara Osterman

Chris Pucci

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? Yes