Animal-Kind International

Kindness to animals has no boundaries

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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 info

2009

Founder & Director

Karen Barbara Menczer

Main address

PO Box 300 % Karen B Menczer

Jemez Springs, NM 87025 USA

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EIN

74-3230332

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

(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.

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?

Support to Kingston Community Animal Welfare

AKI provides funds for KCAW to purchase food and medicine and for vet care (spay/neuter and other needs) for over 500 street dogs and dogs owned by low/no income families, and 50 street cats and owned cats. No one else works in poor communities to help owned and street animals in Kingston. KCAW/Deborah has been helping street animals for about 30 years.

Population(s) Served

AKI supports HHHH's animal sanctuary, the Nereida Montes de Oca Refuge, which rescues and cares for dogs and cats that are dumped on the streets of Tegucigalpa, that are hit by cars and left to die, and others in desperate need of rescue. HHHH helps those who no one else will, goes into communities, rescues dogs and cats off the streets, cares for them as long as needed, including providing spay/neuter. The Refuge typically has about 22 dogs and a few cats residing there. HHHH also does humane ed in schools and communities, and trains young adults to rescue animals and to spread the concept, within their own communities, of kindness to animals.

Population(s) Served

AKI supports the Save the Animals shelter in Yerevan, Armenia, by providing funds for dog food, for renovations of shelter infrastructure, heating bills (so important during Armenia's cold winters), and for vet care, including spay/neuter. Save the Animals-Armenia also feeds and spays/neuters street dogs and cats to address the source of the problem--people who let their dogs and cats roam and who refuse to s/n. The SAA shelter typically houses about 180 dogs and puppies.

Population(s) Served

AKI supports Namibia's small SPCAs, located in rural communities, where there are few donors for animal rescue, but still, there are big problems with cruelty, strays, and uncontrolled population growth. In many of these communities, there is no vet; the closest vet may be about 350 km away! AKI supports spay/neuter and funds purchase of supplies for the SPCAs, such as food, blankets, and bowls. We also support the Have A Heart country-wide spayathon, which takes place over a few month period and goes to rural communities (with a focus on the poor) to sterilize as many animals as possible.

Population(s) Served

AKI supports the Uganda SPCA's shelter, The Haven. AKI financial support covers about 50% of the operating costs of The Haven, including staff salaries, cat and dog food, electricity, water, phone, bills, shelter rent, and other priorities to run the only animal shelter that covers Entebbe, Kampala, and beyond.

Population(s) Served

Humane education support-reproduction of HE manuals, transport for HE mentors, stipends for HE teachers, field trips

Population(s) Served

Mbwa wa Africa has a shelter, where they care for 25-30 dogs and up to 10 cats. They provide vet care (including spay/neuter) for shelter cats and dogs and find homes for them. A significant effort goes into their community work, including widespread rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter. Mbwa wa Africa provides these services in poor communities in and around Arusha, Tanzania, where they are the only available vet care service. In 2016, Mbwa wa Africa vaccinated about 8000 cats and dogs against rabies. Already, in the 1st half of 2017, Mbwa wa Africa has sterilized >300 community cats and dogs.

Population(s) Served

AKI financial support provides funds for LAWCS's Humane Education and Community Animal Care Clinics in Lofa County. Our funds provide small stipends for LAWCS volunteers (US$%0/month), Humane Ed material, vet supplies, fuel for motorbikes, and other priority needs for the LAWCS program.

Population(s) Served

We support Bam's donkey welfare work, including training donkey owners to make and use humane saddles out of sisal packs and community vet clinics, providing free treatment to donkeys in Bam's target districts and sub-counties in eastern Uganda. Most of the donkey owners helped by Bam are women who rely on their donkeys to carry food and water to and from market.

Population(s) Served

We are helping to organize and support South Sudan's 1st spay/neuter campaign for free roaming and owned cats and dogs. The campaign will take place over a 2 week period, during which South Sudanese vets, vet techs, and volunteers will be trained in humane capture and high volume spay/neuter, community organizing and humane ed. The trainees will then hold follow-on s/n clinics. Funds for this program are held in AKI's account and will be disbursed once details of the campaign are finalized.

Population(s) Served

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.

Average number of dollars given by new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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.

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.

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.

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

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.), Send emails to current and ex-supporters,

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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

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Animal-Kind International

Board of directors
as of 7/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Menczer

self-employed

Ronald Stryker

U.S. Agency for International Development

Elizabeth Haskett

Jean Merriman

Dipesh Pabari

Rift Valley Adventures

Barbara Abolafia

New Jersey community college

Karen Rae

Attorney

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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