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Animal-Kind International

Kindness to animals has no boundaries

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Jemez Springs, NM

Mission

Raise money for & visibility of animal welfare organizations in poor countries with a focus on those in Africa. AKI supports our animal welfare partner organizations: Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras, Kingston Community Animal Welfare, Uganda & Ghana Societies for the Protection & Care of Animals, Namibia's rural SPCAs & Have-A-Heart, South Sudan spay/neuter, Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society, Mbwa wa Africa-Tanzania, Bam Animal Clinics-Uganda, & Save the Animals-Armenia. We have a due diligence process that ensures AKI donor funds are used for animal welfare purposes only. Our partners can use AKI funds for their priority needs. As of 2018, AKI started a grant program to support additional animal welfare organizations in Africa.

Notes from the Nonprofit

AKI sends 100% of all donations to our partner organizations. We have no overhead. So every donation sent to us goes directly to helping the animals who need it most.

Ruling Year

2009

Founder & Director

Karen Barbara Menczer

Main Address

PO Box 300 % Karen B Menczer

Jemez Springs, NM 87025 USA

Keywords

Animal welfare, animal rescue, animal protection, animal shelter, international, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, Eastern Europe

EIN

74-3230332

 Number

7620498266

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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What we aim to solve

(1) It's so difficult for Animal Rescue & Protection Organizations in poor/under-resourced countries (mainly in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe) to raise money within their own communities: they compete with so many other needs and animal welfare is not yet considered a priority. AKI reaches beyond borders to raise money for some of the most effective animal rescue and protection organizations. (2) Donors may be skeptical about donating to organizations thousands of miles away. AKI ensures that all donations are used for animal welfare purposes only. We require our partner organizations to account for all funds in a transparent and complete manner. Because AKI board members have personally worked with our partner organizations, we know-firsthand-their work, their situations, challenges, strengths.

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Support to Kingston Community Animal Welfare

Support to Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras

Support to Save the Animals-Armenia

Support to Namibia rural SPCAs

Support to the Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals

Support Ghana SPCA

Support to Mbwa wa Africa, Tanzania

Support to Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society

Support to Bam Animal Clinics-Uganda

Support for South Sudan Spay/Neuter Campaign

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Average number of dollars given by new donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of briefings or presentations held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press articles published

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of partner organizations that exceed AKI reporting expectations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

AKI requires partner organizations to track expenditures & send to us 3x/year & to regularly send information about what AKI funds have accomplished & send pictures to illustrate accomplishments.

Number of animal welfare organizations supported with AKI funds

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We decreased our Partner Organizations by one to 10 total, but started a grant program and supported 8 additional animal welfare organizations.

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We help animal welfare organizations with fundraising, administrative support, technical advice, website support, and other non-financial support.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

AKI aims to strengthen existing animal welfare organizations in poor countries to ensure that they will always be there, on the ground, to respond when animals are in need;
We aim to raise money for animal welfare organizations in poor countries, where there are so few opportunities to raise funds for animal organizations. In many "developed" countries, numerous options are available for grants or private donations. That's not the case in poor countries.
We aim to be a part of a sea change in attitudes and behaviors to animals worldwide.

AKI uses a variety of means to reach our target audiences, which range from youth to seniors with a focus on people who care about animals and people who are interested in international animal welfare, including those who have traveled abroad and have witnessed how animals are treated, in particular in poor countries. AKI uses social media, e-newsletters, radio, in-person presentations, magazine and newspaper articles, and other means to raise visibility of our partner organizations' work. We post projects on crowdfunding sites, and we post articles on blogs. We actively use Facebook as a means to keep supporters updated on our partner organizations' daily activities.

Three of AKI's 7 Board members (Karen, Ron, & Dipesh) have lived & worked overseas (Dipesh currently lives in Kenya) with local animal welfare organizations. Together they have lived in over 35 countries. Karen has worked with all of AKI's partners, knows their work from a personal basis, visits them regularly as part of her work in the conservation field (funding for her trips is not from the AKI budget). Dipesh worked for World Society for the Protection of Animals-Africa prior to his current position w/Rift Valley Adventures. Ron is a retired Foreign Service Officer, having worked for >30 years in > 40 countries focusing on agriculture & community development. Elizabeth is a librarian & information specialist; her focus area for AKI is on fundraising. Jean is a long-time animal welfare advocate, she advises the board on animal welfare issues. We have a Technical Advisory Group of 4 people with broad geographical experience in animal welfare.

Each year at our end of the year Board meeting, we propose a fundraising goal (target #1).
Each year during our end of the year Board meeting we propose adding, dropping, or remaining with the same partner organizations (target #2).
We assess our success and progress by evaluating the expenditure trackers, reports, and pictures submitted to AKI by our partner organizations. One of the requirements of AKI partners is that they submit expenditure trackers, reports, and photos timely and regularly, and that expenditure trackers are complete and detailed. We evaluate the information in the expenditure trackers to determine if our partner organizations are upholding the contract with AKI as far as adequate communications.
On the other end, we assess our success in fundraising based on reaching the target, but also each year prior to our end of the year Board meeting, we evaluate the success of each type of fundraising activity, and prepare a fundraising plan for the coming year.

Over the 13 years AKI has been in existence, our partner organizations' reporting capabilities have greatly improved. They not only understand they need to submit complete, detailed, and timely reports to us for AKI purposes, but also for our (their) donors; they have a better understanding of the donor/recipient relationship. We have continually raised more money and have supported more strategic and priority needs of our partners. We started a new program as of 2018, a grant program for animal welfare organizations in Africa, now in its 3rd year. The grant program is expanding the support we provide and helps deepen our focus on Africa-based animal welfare organizations.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), send emails to current and ex-supporters.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our board, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We used to send relatively long monthly newsletters with a lot of news. Having listened to many webinars, we shortened the newsletters and focused on 1 or 2 stories. Many subscribers mentioned the change and that they preferred the longer, more newsy monthly emails, so we returned to that format.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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