SPIKES K9 FUND

Their work keeps us safe. Their needs are our mission.

Virginia Beach, VA   |  http://www.spikesk9fund.org/

Mission

We serve active and retired working canines nationally.

Spike's K9 Fund aspires to purchase protective vests and equipment to keep them safer and for peak operation. We provide critical medical treatment to help the canine return to work or to live out their retirement days in complete health.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder

James C. Hatch

Director of Operations

Emily F. Grey

Main address

5760 Northampton Blvd Unit 118

Virginia Beach, VA 23455 USA

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EIN

47-2144242

NTEE code info

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

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working K9's are often the last item in municipal budgets and are asked to participate in violent interactions with suspected criminals. We provide ballistic protection to the K9's so that when they go to work with their human partner, they, the K9, has the same protection as the human. We also address the associated medical costs that these K9's sometimes garner and municipalities do not cover. We help Police, Military, and Search & Rescue K9's with life-saving equipment and medical needs.

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?

K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign

Provide protective vests for both federal and local law enforcement canines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Assist active and retired working canines with medical expenses so they can continue working or remain comfortable in their retirement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide essential gear to keep working canines safe and help them be more effective at their job.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 dogs helped

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric indicates the number of individual dogs that we've assisted over the years. Some of these dogs have been assisted more than once, or have received support from multiple campaigns.

Total number of emergency medical procedures assisted

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

Adults

Related Program

Combat Dog Diesel Medical Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of items with our logo sold

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

Number of Facebook followers

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We want to ensure that every K9 who serves a community or our nation is given the best equipment and medical care possible.

Raising awareness of the work that K9's do for us and raising funds to assist the communities in giving proper care and equipment for the K9's during and after their careers. We host fundraisers throughout the year, as well as manage an online store.

We have been successful in raising over $700k for two consecutive years through social media and public events. We will remain small and nimble and use our significant social media following to raise the necessary funds to care for the working K9 community.

We have helped over 840 K9's in 44 states with life-saving equipment and medical expenses. Our longterm goal is to help 10% of the working K9 population (estimated at 25,000 K9s total).

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?

    We serve first responder K9 Handlers - including military, police, and Search and Rescue handlers.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email, social media,

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

    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?

    In 2020, we participated in a podcast where we asked what the greatest need of the K9 community was. The response was better training. So, we created a new campaign (called "Spike's School) where we identify a training need in a certain area and arrange for a trainer (who is an expert in their field) to travel to that area to provide the proper training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

    Thanks to the feedback we received, we have been able to eliminate our time spent on items that are not a top priority for handlers and focus more on the items where there is a greater need.

  • 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SPIKES K9 FUND

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Lewis

Theralent Executive Search

Term: 2019 -

Buddy Rake

Rake Law Group P.C.

Alan Thompson, DVM

VCA Animal Care Center

Zack Cooper

Yale University

Brenda Formes

CAO of a 20+ billion dollar family office

Kayle Watson

Black Rock

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2021

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
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.