PROJECT K9 HERO

Protecting Those Who Protected Us!

aka Project K-9 Hero   |   Detroit, MI   |  www.projectk9hero.org

Mission

OUR MISSION – To protect those who protected our families, communities, and our America. Vision: – To ensure the best quality of life for our nation's retired Police K-9 and Military Working Dog Heroes through providing assistance with medical costs, food and end of duty services. Purpose: – To educate the public on the costs and responsibilities of adopting a retired Police K-9 Hero. – To help cover or offset all medical, food and end of duty costs for retired Police K-9 Heroes. – To ensure each Police K-9 Hero is rewarded with health and the way of life that they deserve for their faithful and loyal service.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO/Founder

Jason Johnson

Main address

535 Griswold st Suite 111-105

Detroit, MI 48226 USA

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EIN

81-1770909

NTEE code info

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fulfillment of Products for Donations - For the first three years of our organization's existence we have been offering products for a donation on our website such as apparel, hats, our children's book, challenge coins, pens, etc... During that time, we have been fulfilling those orders by hand, from our home office, with volunteers which can be overwhelming at times. To fix this issue, we are currently making arrangements with a fulfillment facility that will hold, package, and ship all orders from our website for us. We are working with one of our sponsors at Spectrum Brands, who has offered to pay for this service so that the total cost to Project K-9 Hero and our program will be minimal.

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?

Project K-9 Hero Medical Fund

Retired Police K-9’s and Military Working Dogs accepted into Project K-9 Hero will have up to $3,000.00 per year in medical costs covered for them. Project K-9 Hero will also cover the K-9’s food costs and have food shipped directly to the owner’s residence. Project K-9 Hero additionally provides $500.00 to the owner when the K-9 is deceased for cremation or burial service. Any remaining funds out of the $3000.00 annual medical allotment will go into our general emergency medical fund available to all K-9’s in our program for surgeries or other medical expenses that may exceed the annual benefit. This is all, of course, dependent on funding raised through donations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Project K-9 Hero aims to pay for the food costs and distribution to the retired K-9 Heroes in the program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Project K-9 Hero provides $500.00 to the owner when the K-9 is deceased for cremation or burial service.

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 in hospice care

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

Adults

Related Program

Project K-9 Hero Medical Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of retired Police K-9 or Military Working Dog's with special needs that Project K-9 Hero has assited with medical care, food, and death benefit assistance.

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 aim to increase our program so that we have a retired Police K-9 or Military Working Dog from every state in the country in Project K-9 Hero. We are currently in 34 of the 50 States.

To do so, we are trying to increase our amount of donations and corporate sponsorships to ensure the funding is available to place additional heroes in our program from our waiting list.

We are increasing our amount of donors by continuing to hold events where we educate the public on the needs of retired K-9 heroes with medical care. We have also expanded our line of Project K-9 Hero items for donations to increase out brand awareness in communities across the country. We are continuing t seek out corporate partnerships to cross-market our Project K-9 Hero mission with theirs.

We are actively seeking applications from the remaining states that we do not have a program member in Project K-9 Hero. We have shown progress by adding a Program Application function to our website to so that potential handlers or owner of retired heroes can apply directly on our page to be considered by our Board of Directors.

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?

    Handlers and Owners of Retired Police K9s and Military Working Dogs.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    We began focusing on the rehabilitation and rehoming of retired heroes after we have been learning that there was a need for this service.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    It has made our bond and trust stronger.

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

    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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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PROJECT K9 HERO

Board of directors
as of 8/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Johnson

CEO/Founder of Project K9 Hero

Term: 2016 -

Kenneth Lust

Gary Gray

Ashley Altman

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 ? 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 07/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.