Conservation Dogs Collective, Inc.

We work alongside dogs; leveraging the power of scent detection to improve our planet’s health.

aka Conservation Dogs Collective, Inc.   |   WAUWATOSA, WI   |  https://www.conservationdogscollective.org

Mission

We work alongside dogs; leveraging the power of scent detection to improve our planet’s health.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Laura Holder

Main address

PO BOX 13032

WAUWATOSA, WI 53213 USA

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Formerly known as

Midwest Conservation Dogs, Inc.

EIN

81-4961971

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Pollinator Program - Canine Scent Detection

Our Pollinator Program protects local pollinators by providing boots-on-the-ground, canine scent-detection surveys to locate bumblebee nests, diseases, frass, and other pollinator targets. Location is the first step in conservation. Many pollinators are in severe decline due to lack of habitat and chemical poisoning. Our teams can serve as the first line of defense for pollinators, locating native pollinator populations to assist researchers and scientists with invaluable data.

Population(s) Served

The CDCI Canine Finders are experts in scent detection to help advance conservation efforts. Our teams help protect endangered species, combat invasive species, locate elusive species, and build community one sniff at a time.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Beyond our clients we serve, including researchers, scientists, land managers, and universities, we serve local communities through our programming work.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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?

    We recently shifted our program development to include pre-interviews and assessments to local community members before implementing our scent detection programs. As true locals, community participants are some of the best advocates to help educate the work we do with native and invasive species.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Our decision-making process has improved to implement planning measures to account for appropriate community feedback. Further, when we seek funding for programs, one of our highlights includes the attention to biodiversity on community and landscape-level program needs.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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Conservation Dogs Collective, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Clohessy

Northwestern Mutual

Term: 2022 - 2020

Leah Neuroth

Holly Lewis

Beth Enneking

Anna Nusbaum

Maria Muradas

Dawn Jacques

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/24/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/24/2022

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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.