Raised At Full Draw

Changing lives and the image of hunting one arrow at a time.

WINTERSET, IA   |  www.raisedatfulldraw.com

Mission

Raised At Full Draw is designed to teach the proper skills, techniques, strategies, and ethics of hunting. RAFD pledges to have a positive impact on youth, individuals, families and the outdoors. We strive to develop role models that can educate others on the vital need and importance of having hunter's in the world's ecosystem.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Operating Officer

Donise A Petersen

Main address

1221 E BUCHANAN ST

WINTERSET, IA 50273 USA

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EIN

46-5141615

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Fishing and Hunting Clubs (N61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are an organization dedicated to exposing youth and adults to archery, bowhunting and outdoor education. Anyone who has been raised hunting understands hunting is a way of life. We think, those who have not been raised hunting or been given an opportunity to connect to the outdoors is missing out on many different benefits. Even more importantly, our hunting and fishing numbers have been rapidly declining. If new individuals are not introduced to hunting or bowhunting we could one day no longer have the opportunity to hunt.

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?

Raised At Full Draw _ Iowa Camp

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers hunting camps to youth ages 12-17 in various locations across the country as well as Outdoor Retreats for Women.We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly they are to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers hunting camps to youth ages 12-17 in various locations across the country as well as Outdoor Retreats for Women.We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly they are to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers hunting camps to youth ages 12-17 in various locations across the country as well as Outdoor Retreats for Women.We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly they are to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers hunting camps to youth ages 12-17 in various locations across the country as well as Outdoor Retreats for Women.We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly they are to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers an Outdoor Retreat for Women. We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly they are to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

The RAFD program was established because nationally the number of hunters have been declining every day. RAFD believes on having a direct positive impact on the future of hunting to help increase the number of hunters. One way for us to do that is with hands on teaching and interaction through the means of bowhunting. In order to meet our mission, RAFD offers hunting camps to youth ages 12-17 in various locations across the country as well as Outdoor Retreats for Women.We strongly believe in the ethics, values and heritage that hunting can instill in the next generations.
The goal of our camps is to pass knowledge and techniques on to the next generation, and allow them an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively, and learn all of the other attributes of ethics, morals and values that come along with spending time outdoors. The goal is for the campers to exit camp as skilled archers, but more impo

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Adolescents

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
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of participants who attended the RAFD camps in the given years. In 2020, the year of COVID we cancelled all but two of our camps. 2021 also had an impact on us as we cancelled camps.

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of volunteers who help at the RAFD camps.

Number of bowhunter education certifications provided

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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 vision at RAFD is to provide education about outdoor conservation and hunting. However, archery and bowhunting is our primary focus. Our non-profit aims at contributing significantly to help build better understanding of hunting’s role in conservation. Increase exposure to archery and bowhunting.

Overall, we would like to offer camps in every location where archery and bowhunter education is needed. This is challenging secondary to funding. Our expansion will be dependent on donations from individuals, groups, and the hunting industry. Our programs are run with volunteers. We are soliciting the help of more volunteers to help staff our camps, outreach projects and to help us achieve our targets.

A goal of our non-profit is to identify individuals (youth, women, families) who are interested in the outdoors, want to learn more about hunting and offer a positive support system to allow the success in learning about bowhunting to hopefully be able to do it on their own. The focus on the individuals may slightly differ at each level. At the youth level, we are providing as much hands on learning as possible rather than your traditional classroom style of learning. For our women programs, we want to ensure our program is relaxing, offer suggestions if they are bowhunting on their own (ground blind vs tree stand) and teaching more about the harvest and how to prepare your wild game. While our family camps will be a mixture of both to tailor to both youth and adults.

Our long term goal is to offer multiple camp programs where ever there is a need.
We would also like to expand our outreach programs by adding new venues and fulltime staff to accomplish this role.

Short term goal is to be able to expand to 3 to 4 camps a year or more depending on funding and volunteers. These could be youth, women or family camps.

Overall we want to help be apart of the recruitment, retention, reactivation and increase bowhunter numbers.

Our non-profit organization seeks to help foster a passion for outdoor conservation, hunting ethics, bowhunting and archery for youth, women and families. We are dedicated to helping empower and build leadership skills through our mentoring programs for our older participants.

Our expansion of camps will be dependent on donations from individuals, groups, and the hunting industry. Our programs are run with volunteers. We are soliciting the help of more volunteers to help staff our camps, outreach projects and to help us achieve our targets.

The RAFD camps will create partnerships with local Non-Government Organizations ie critter clubs such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited and many more as well as partner with State Agencies (Department of Natural Resources or Fish and Wildlife).

With the partnership of the state agencies we will be providing the participants the Bowhunter Education certificate, we will in turn be helping the states to recruit additional hunters.

Our top 3 Keys to Success:
• Establish a strong network of support in each state camp is held with the local NGO’s/critter clubs and State Agency’s overseeing bowhunter education.
• Launch a series of fundraising activities that will successfully fund that states camp program and Nationally identify those who can finically support headquarters.
• Nationally establish an effective training program for volunteers that will be teaching bowhunter education to increase their ability to successfully communicate the same information to participants.

There are four focuses to RAFD’s camp program implementation:
• First is the creation of a camp host family and the location. Once identified provide them with the How to Host a Camp Guide.
• Second is the recruiting of participants and volunteers.
• Third is the training of volunteers.
• Fourth is the local development of camp fundraising strategies.

Fundraising Strategy:
Our fundraising marketing is focused on private/individual donations, state contracts, grants from private foundations and corporate industry donations. We still need to diversify our financial resources for headquarters/nationals. We also need a larger individual donor base to develop an annual giving campaign.
We are now associated with Amazon smile as a charity for individuals to make eligible purchases and a portion of their funds with be sent to our non-profit.

RAFD hired a full-time COO to oversee the day to day operations and to allows search for the donations that we will allow for the expansion.

The COO will also be seeking the host families to hold camp in the additional locations where camps are needed.
We are soliciting the help of more volunteers to help staff our camps, outreach projects and to help us achieve our targets.

Our marketing strategy will be to successfully sell the camps to our target market as well as state agency’s and others willing to volunteer to increase our new hunter numbers.
Our target market is youth 12-17, adult women and families in the United States.
The marketing plan is aimed at spreading the word about our mission and camps.
Currently, we are marketing the follow ways:
1. Our website www.raisedatfulldraw.com
2. Social media: Facebook and Instagram
3. State Agencies (Department of Natural Resources), hunting expos, archery shoots, State Bowhunter Associations, and “critter groups” such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International and many others.
4. Our trailers being wrapped
5. Our Outreach Program
6. Raised Hunting TV Show with the help of the Holder Family
7. Local marketing via TV, Radio, word of mouth in the states where we have camps
8. Brochures
9. Grant Proposals

We would like to expand our marketing to other archery groups and clubs, 4-H archery groups, Schools, Schools with the National Archery in the Schools Program both in-school and competitive programs, Women in the Outdoors/Becoming an Outdoors Women and other industry related groups.

Brochures and grant proposals have been developed to sell the benefits of the program to both potential participants and donors.

A marketing effort will need to be implemented to attract and retain quality volunteers for the program.

Since RAFD started in 2014 we have:
• hired one full time staff
• have youth camps in Iowa, Montanta, North Dakota and Wisconsin
• in 2018 opened a women's camp in Iowa
• had additional youth camps in Kansas and Illinois
• certified hundreds of participants in bowhunter education
• purchased a truck to travel to camps
• purchased two trailers (camp trailer and outreach trailer)
• partnered with many different NGOs and State Agencies
• In the off camp season started an outreach program that allows us to recruit participants to attend camps.

We have a trailer that is outfitted with bows/accessories, arrows, bow repair equipment, individual teaching station supplies, extra camping supplies (tents, sleeping bags) and tools such as drills, post hole digger, shovel, extension cords etc. We take the camp trailer to each camp to be able to teach from.

Our non-profit organization seeks to help foster a passion for outdoor conservation, hunting ethics, bowhunting and archery for youth, women and families. We are dedicated to helping empower and build leadership skills through our mentoring programs for our older participants.

One of the most rewarding attributes of our camps is to be able to see the leadership, friendships, and personal growth that occurs. We have campers who have become volunteers because of the experience they had a camp. We have parents who come to us and say our camp changed their child’s life.

Financials

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Raised At Full Draw

Board of directors
as of 9/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Holder

Raised Hunting

Michael Heisinger

Mark Conradt

Wisconsin Camp

John Arman

North Dakota camp

Ladonna Maxwell

Montana Camp

Michelle Kane

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/22/2021

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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

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