Hand in Paw

Our hands, their paws, big impact

aka Hand in Paw   |   Birmingham, AL   |  www.handinpaw.org

Mission

To improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please visit handinpaw.org/about/media/video-gallery/ to see our Therapy Teams in action.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Ms. Margaret Stinnett, CFRE

Main address

617 38th Street South

Birmingham, AL 35222 USA

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EIN

63-1190375

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hand in Paw addresses the psychological needs of children and families in crisis, adults receiving hospital care, and senior citizens in assisted living facilities. We reach our clients through interaction with well-trained volunteer handler-animal teams; as an organization, one of our greatest strengths is the quality of our volunteers, many of whom also professionally practice as therapist, physicians, or animal specialists.

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?

HIP Heals

Hand in Paw Therapy Teams provide therapeutic visits in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, universities, and early intervention organizations. Animal-Assisted Therapy and Animal-Assisted Activities are two methods HIP teams utilize to enhance health and wellness and reduce stress.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Health
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Veterans

Animal-Assisted Education helps students achieve academic and educational goals in the classroom. HIP Teams help children build reading skills, gain confidence, and foster pro-social behaviors. We deliver Animal-Assisted Education via two programs, School's Best Friend and Sit, Stay, Read!.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Students

HIP's Pawsitive Living program teaches animal advocacy and concepts of compassion, responsibility, and empathy through one-on-one sessions with HIP Therapy Teams. Students are paired with HIP volunteer mentors to learn animal behavior and how animals and humans communicate and work together.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Community Partner of the Year 2011

University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Occupational Therapy

Nonprofit of the Year with a budget of $500,000+ 2015

Birmingham Business Alliance

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2018

GreatNonprofits

Top Volunteer Opportunities in Birmingham 2019

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

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 respond to the needs of our community and facilitate positive change through Animal-Assisted Therapy. We aim to deliver our programs in every medical, educational and human service organization wishing to partner with Hand in Paw to improve the care and lives of their patients, students and clients.

We offer five programs that address some of the greatest challenges facing our region. These programs boost literacy, facilitate learning, prevent family and community violence and improve the health and well-being of people with special healthcare needs. Our work is 100% collaborative: all programs are delivered free of charge in over 100 medical centers, schools and human service agencies. In addition to ongoing program partnerships, we deliver community education and outreach visits annually at other sites.

Our staff of thirteen- 10 full-time, 1 part-time and 2 non-paid volunteer staff - leads a corps of specially-trained, nationally-registered handler and animal Therapy Teams and Visit Assistants (those who serve without pets to make interventions more efficient). We are committed to professional development, continuing education, thorough screening, training, evaluation and management of our volunteer corps, delivering the highest quality of services, raising public awareness of the value of Animal-Assisted Therapy, building and sustaining strong community partnerships and growth in all program areas. The organization is governed by a diverse, visionary Board of Directors and supported by an active Kitchen Cabinet and Junior Board.

Although each year we have steadily expanded our volunteer corps, added many new community partners, and grown all programs in terms of both hours and interventions delivered, there is still much work to be done. As we train and place new teams into the field and activate new service partnerships, word of our effectiveness spreads further. For each new site made active, we receive several new service requests, and the waiting list grows.

In 2014 we purchased a building that serves as our permanent headquarters. In 2016, we embarked on a campaign to raise funds to renovate and customize the building to best serve our stakeholders -- primarily current and potential volunteers. As construction on the building reaches a close, we are excited about how these changes will enable us to hold volunteer trainings, evaluations and practice sessions on site. We will greatly increase the frequency of offerings, catering to a wide range of volunteer availability. Practice sessions will greatly increase the evaluation pass rate. We anticipate that these changes will enable us to grow at twice the current yearly rate.

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.
  • 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), 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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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Hand in Paw

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jennifer Buettner-Bates

Birmingham Bar Association

Term: 2020 - 2021

Jennifer Buettner

Birmingham Bar Association

Melea Goolsby

SteadMed Medical

John Harbert, II

Harbert Management Corporation

Susan Nelms

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Joshua Randolph

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Laura Gosney

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Harrison Irons

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Melanie Lewis

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Niki Lim

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Kristen McGee

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Todd Engelhardt

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Tom Findlay

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Martha Foster

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David Gibert

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Rosemary Greaves

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Langley Kitchings

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Melissa Mancini

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Laura McAlister

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Catherine McLean

Community Volunteer

Lynda Woods

Birmingham Police Department (Retired Lieutenant)

Kristen McGee

Realty South

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2019

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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/12/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.