PLATINUM2024

Saber Life Foundation

Service Dogs

aka Saber Life Foundation   |   Pineville, MO   |  http://www.saberlifefoundation.org

Mission

Saber Life Foundation is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to custom-trained service dogs for Veterans and individuals with disabilities. We seek to restore the quality of life for people affected by a wide range of medical and psychiatric conditions. Our Service Dogs can perform an array of complex tasks, which enhance a persons independence and can thus restore quality of life to members of the community. Saber Life Foundation raises and trains service dogs from when they are puppies (8 weeks of age) through the time the dog is placed in the recipients home (1-2 years of age). Something that sets us apart from other service dog providers, is that we aim to help all individuals with disabilities irrespective of their income level.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2020, and 2021 Saber Life Foundation placed 10 highly trained service dogs with families. These individuals now have the chance to develop confidence and to create dreams for their future. Dreams like becoming independent, growing new skills, and seeking career opportunities beyond their imaginations. Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with life-changing disabilities. Approximately 500,000 service dogs are currently helping people throughout the United States. Unfortunately, families can be on waiting lists for up to 3 years before they are matched with their service dog. The 2022 goal for Saber Life Foundation is to change 5-10 MORE families' lives by placing a trained service dog into their homes without the long-term wait. The truth is service dogs are very expensive with total costs up to $25,000. Our foundation has been able to cut those costs by almost half for our clients, making ownership of a service dog possible.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder

Mrs. Paula Danea Key

Co-Founder

Mr Joel Robert Key

Main address

729 Laughlin Ridge Rd

Pineville, MO 64856 USA

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EIN

84-5177479

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. Understanding Disability Challenges: Saber Life Foundation recognizes the hurdles individuals with disabilities face and the value service dogs bring in alleviating these challenges. 2. Shortage of Qualified Trainers: The foundation addresses the scarcity of qualified service dog trainers, ensuring individuals receive properly trained assistance animals. 3. High Cost of Service Dogs: With an average cost of $20,000, acquiring a service dog is financially burdensome, limiting access to this essential support. 4. Diverse Population and Medical Needs: The foundation prioritizes serving a diverse population with various age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, and medical conditions, offering tailored support for each client.

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?

Service Dog Placement

Saber-Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in need of a service animal. We seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by Disabilities and the everyday life struggles by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid. Guided by the aspirations of the people we serve, we pursue this mission with compassion, transparency, and generosity.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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 educational screenings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Service Dog Placement

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Saber Life Foundation aims to: 1. Increase advocacy for service dogs. 2. Promote diversity in programs. 3. Educate the community on service dog benefits. 4. Place 5 service dogs by 2024-end.

Number of service recipients who are employed

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Service Dog Placement

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The proposed project aims to expand our capacity to train and place five fully custom trained service dogs furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community. By securing grant funding, we will also be able to facilitate the below key activities/objectives:

1. Training Excellence:
a. Enhance our foundation members' and trainer network's understanding of various medical conditions. By
doing so, we can better serve our clients during the training of our service dogs.
b. Develop customized training modules that cater to specific needs. These specialized programs ensure that
our service dogs and clients are well-prepared for success after the service dog is placed.

2. Community Outreach and Education:
a. Conduct workshops, seminars, and awareness campaigns to educate the community about medical
conditions resulting in physical and invisible disabilities and the impact of service dogs.
b. Foster understanding and acceptance, dispelling myths and misconceptions.

3. Personalized Support:
a. Provide comprehensive guidance to recipients during the service dog placement process.
b. Offer ongoing support, including regular check-ins and training updates.

5. Community Outreach
a. Through advocacy efforts, we collaborate closely with policymakers, businesses, and community
organizations to foster widespread acceptance and seamless integration of service dogs in public spaces.

6. Volunteer Engagement:
a. Recruit and train volunteers to assist with community events and advocacy initiative tasks.
b. Strengthen our volunteer network to expand our impact.

The proposed grant will empower the Saber Life Foundation to continue its vital work, connecting dogs and people, one disability at a time. With your support, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals living with disabilities.

The Saber Life Foundation employs a multifaceted approach to fulfill its mission of connecting individuals with disabilities with fully trained service dogs:

1. Training and Placement:
The foundation provides comprehensive training for service dogs and facilitates their placement with individuals
living with disabilities, ensuring tailored support.

2. Advocacy and Education:
Through advocacy efforts, the foundation champions the rights of individuals with disabilities. They also educate
the community about the significance of service dogs, fostering greater understanding and support.

3. Awareness Initiatives:
The foundation organizes community awareness initiatives to shed light on the needs of individuals with
disabilities and the profound impact service dogs can have on their lives.

4. Customized Training:
Saber Life Foundation prioritizes personalized training to cater to the specific medical requirements of each
client, ensuring that the service dogs effectively address individual needs.

These strategies collectively enable the Saber Life Foundation to successfully connect individuals with disabilities with highly trained service dogs, enhancing their quality of life and fostering inclusivity.

The Saber Life Foundation is well-equipped to facilitate the project of training five service dogs in the upcoming year. Our team comprises professionals with diverse backgrounds in business, Fortune 500 DEI roles, non-profit work, and the medical industry. Additionally, we have highly qualified dog trainers, that have nearly three decades experience training service dogs and tactical dogs for military and local police.

Saber Life Foundation has an attorney on retainer that specializes in disability law to ensure that the foundation is protected from legal recourse and operating in compliance with federal and state law. The attorney is also able to consult on matters specific to ADA law, which is a unique service that we offer to our clients. Our volunteers help to support all marketing and local community events. With the total team's extensive expertise in service dog training, complemented by proficiency in nonprofit management, fundraising, and disability advocacy, Saber Life Foundation is poised for success. While our Board primarily operates virtually, our dog trainer is based at a state-of-the-art training facility. The training facility is able to take on far more dogs than our project capacity of five. Saber Life Foundation's record of successful placements and client testimonials underscores our commitment to making a positive impact on those living with a rare disease. However, funding remains our primary challenge. The significant costs associated with service dog training necessitate ongoing financial support to subsidize expenses and make our program accessible to more individuals in need.

The success of our project has been gauged primarily through our client testimonials, capturing the tangible difference in their lives before and after receiving a service dog from our organization. These testimonials will serve as powerful indicators of the impact of our work, highlighting the enhanced independence, emotional support, and overall well- being experienced by our clients. Additionally, we will survey clients after the placement of the dog to obtain granular feedback on our services, ensuring continuous improvement and refinement of our offerings. Furthermore, we will measure community impact through feedback sessions with local institutions that we collaborate with, allowing us to assess the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts and initiatives in promoting greater understanding and acceptance of service dogs. By incorporating both client feedback and community input into our evaluation process, we can effectively measure the success and impact of our project on both individual lives and broader community engagement.

Timeline/Milestones:
A. 120 days: Complete vetting and application process for all new clients - contingent upon receiving down payment
from client for securing the potential service dog.

B. 120 days+: Begin search for service dog (search for a potential service dog begins as soon as contract is signed
with client, so could happen sooner)

C. 240 days (Est.): All dogs have completed basic obedience and begun advanced task training

D.240 - 365 days: All dogs will be close to approaching in-home placement.

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.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Many we serve are very private.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Saber Life Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Danea Key

Saber Life Foundation

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Joel Key

Saber Life Foundation

Term: 2020 -

Brooke Gaines

SABER LIFE FOUNDATION

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 3/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2020

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 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 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.