DOGS HELPING HEROES INC

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Clarksville, IN   |  www.dogshelpingheroes.org

Mission

Dogs Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our wounded heroes and the families of lost heroes in the Kentuckiana area. We provide trained service dogs for injured military veterans and first responders to improve their lives.

We acquire our dogs from local shelters and rescue groups. The dogs are then placed in one of two prison programs for basic obedience. The dogs then transition to work with a professional dog trainer to learn the service task needed for their hero. Once a hero is matched with a dog the lessons continue for the hero team over the next 6-9 months.

Ruling year info

2014

Board Chair

Kassi Cawood

Main address

Po Box 2126

Clarksville, IN 47131 USA

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EIN

46-4027892

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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There is tremendous need to connect veterans and first responders and their families with service dogs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 830,000 Vietnam veterans suffer from PTSD. Furthermore, 30 percent of male and 27 percent of female Vietnam veterans have, at one point, exhibited symptoms of PTSD. This is an alarming statistic, higher than the national average of PTSD which is less than 10 percent.
While research into the benefits of service dogs for veterans and first responders is ongoing, Dogs Helping Heroes has seen firsthand the tremendous benefits of matching a veteran in need with a canine counterpart. Each time we pair a dog with a “hero," their quality of life is immediately impacted for the better.
Our organization benefits both parties - the dogs receive a lifetime of love and a loyal companion. We believe so strongly in these relationships that we centered our mission around providing physical and mental support dogs to a hero in need.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dogs Helping Heroes

We provide highly trained service dogs to Veterans and First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS) who have physical and mental disabilities at no charge to the Hero. We currently serve a 200 mile radius of Clarksville, Indiana. Please see our website at www.dogshelpingheroes.org for more information and our application.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Phone calls received with inquires about our organization.

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As of the end of 2020 we have a pool of 78 volunteers, with 30-35 of them actively involved on a regular basis.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dogs Helping Heroes vision is to return hero teams to their full potential. Dogs Helping Heroes is a non-profit dedicated to helping restore lost freedom and peace of mind to wounded veterans, first responders, and their families by gifting specially trained and certified service dogs.
The goals and outcomes, which can be found in our strategic plan, are as follows:
Awareness & Recruitment; Fund Development & Capacity Building ;Standards & Evaluation

Goal 1. Significantly increase awareness of Dogs Helping Heroes amongst first responders, veterans, families, and community in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

To accomplish this goal DHH will:

1) Increase the number of speaking engagements and community events for staff, heroes, and board members to two on average each month.
2) Develop and implement a marketing plan by January 2021.
a) Produce a quality video capturing the work and impact of DHH by July 2021.
b) Leverage social media through organic reach and paid efforts, increasing engagement and growing the number of followers.
c) Update the website monthly.

3) Formalize partnerships with similar national and local organizations.

4) Engage local media through a formal media release to be utilized for public events and major DHH announcements.

Goal 2. Create and maintain a recruitment pipeline of veterans and first responders for Dogs Helping Heroes

To accomplish this goal DHH will:

1) Engage twelve veteran, first responder, and/or Gold Star family groups each year.
a) Build a network list of people and organizations who influence these groups.
b) Create and implement a standard agreement for partnerships and sponsorships.
c) Formalize partnerships with two unions, health care agencies, community organizations, government agencies, or social service providers annually for 3 years.

2) Develop and execute a standard recruitment calendar.

Goal 3. Leverage resources and develop new strategies to ensure Dogs Helping Heroes future effectiveness and sustainability.

To accomplish this goal DHH will:

1) Increase and diversify our donor base:
a) Increase our individual donors by 10% annually for the next 3 years.
b) Increase our corporate donations and grants by 10% annually for the next 3 years.

2) Increase fundraising capacity:
a. Host the annual Be At Ease fundraiser that raises 35% of annual operating budget.
b. Participate in four other fundraising events to raise 10% of annual operating budget.
c. Establish four new corporate sponsorships annually for the next 3 years.

3) Maintain a donor tracking worksheet.
a) Determine consistent demographic information to be collected which will coincide with worksheet columns.
b) Enter donations on worksheet as they come in, and review overall worksheet monthly to determine donor strategy for various segments.
c) Develop a donor maintenance plan.

5) Evaluate staff and volunteer needs based on the goals of the organization yearly.

The 2017-2020 Dogs Helping Heroes strategic plan is intended to provide the necessary structure to establish an annualized plan to meet identified goals. These goals are representative of the successful work that has already changed lives. The goals have been organized into three focus areas. These areas will help to organize budgeting, volunteers and donors around effectively executing the mission. Once these goals have been met, at the end of 2020, Dogs Helping Heroes will have a sustainable funding base that will allow for future growth.

Since our inception in 2013 we have placed 51 dogs with Heroes. We are securing funds to place an additional 20 dogs with deserving Heroes in 2021. Our organization is slowly growing with the resources of our local center for non-profit. We have just finalized a 3 year strategic plan that will direct our efforts in Awareness & Recruitment, Fund Development & Capacity Building and Standards & Evaluation.

Financials

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Operations

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DOGS HELPING HEROES INC

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kassi Cawood

Jay Baribeau

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Tom Strohmeier

Strohmeier Tax & Accounting Partners

Jay Hiddinga

Retired professor of Medicine

Lindsay Wehr

Kosairs Charities

Dick Harlan

Retired

John Voccio

Volunteer Fire department, retired military

Brooke Chism

Board leadership practices

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