Dogs for Our Brave Inc

Saving two lives at once.

St. Louis, MO   |  https://dogsforourbrave.com/

Mission

Our mission is to provide professionally trained service dogs at no cost to veterans who have suffered debilitating injury or illness while in service to our country.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

April Haskins

Main address

6244 Clayton Ave

St. Louis, MO 63139 USA

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EIN

46-4656908

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans that are wounded need special assistance that a trained service dog can provide. These dogs placed from other organizations cost the veteran $25,000 plus the dog's expenses (medical, food, equipment, etc.).

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?

Service Dog Training

Each dog will be trained to do the normal commands (sit, lay, come, stay) in addition each dog will be able to:

Turn on and off light switches
Opening doors
Bracing
Retrieval
Pulling
Other commands will be taught to help and special needs tailored to each veteran’s needs

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
People with disabilities

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 trained volunteer dog-and-handler teams

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dog Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans who report a decrease in depression

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

Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans with PTSD served

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

Veterans

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

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

Service Dog Training

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 goal is to save wounded veterans, especially those that are dealing with suicidal thoughts, because they feel they have no options to lead a fulfilling life. A trained service dog can enhance their life, and by Dogs for our Brave paying for all the dog's expenses the veteran does not have to worry about taking on a financial burden.

Dogs are trained in basic service dog commands plus special skills for their partner veteran. With successful fundraising efforts we are able to provide all financial assistance for the dog's life.

Our staff and volunteers fundraise through social media, direct asks, and events. Our trainers work diligently with the dogs to make sure they are able to perform needed assistance to the veterans.

We have nine working service dog+veteran pairs. We have successfully increased our operating budget year over year. We have quickly maximized our first training facility with 8-10 service dogs in training.

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?

    Wounded veterans

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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 make sure that all interviews/conversations/meetings are recorded and done virtually. We have expanded our communication beyond the veteran to include family members/caretakers.

  • 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 found an increase in clarity and expectations. The recordings also allow for more precise note-recording in files.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • 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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Dogs for Our Brave Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andy Gladstein

Marylynn Gladstein

Curtis Simic

Dick Shalhoub

Lt. Gen. David Fridovich

Dale Burghardt

Dr. Jerry Argovitz

Jim Scheutte

Sara Gladstein

John Pohlad

Tricia Prentice

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? Not applicable
  • 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 2/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.