Saber Life Foundation

Service Dogs

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

Mission

Saber-Life Foundation supports those seeking an enhanced quality of life and personal independence, by helping provide access to Custom-Trained Service Dogs. 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.

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

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are a nonprofit that provide service dogs to individuals with disabilities. Our nonprofit idea started long before we became a nonprofit organization when we ourselves were in need of a service dog for our daughter, Gracie. Our daughter was gifted her first service dog and before we knew it we started fundraising to pay for his training as these dogs' training is very expensive. In the events going forward, from the start of our fundraising journey, we meet so many people that needed a service dog, knew someone that was in need, or had one themselves. At no time ever at an event were no tears not shed with all the heartfelt stories. We were getting close to paying off our daughter's service dog, Saber when we as a family decided that once Saber's training was paid in full we wanted to pay it forward and help the next as so many people helped our family. So that is just what we did and continue to do through our nonprofit, Saber Life Foundation in recognition of Saber and Gracie.

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

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

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Charting impact

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

As a non-profit, we have set a goal to help as many people as we can that are in need by placing at minimum 3 service dogs a year. We feel that people that are in need of a service dog have that right to have that NEED, not want to be met so they can live their lives to the fullest just as the next person. There are so many people with disabilities of all ages that cannot leave home due to the disabilities that they have for some it may be anxiety, for the next it may be fainting or seizure episodes. There is a great span of visual and non-visual disabilities that can keep people from having the life outside of the home that they deserve. This is where Saber Life Foundation comes in and we help to provide Trained Service Dogs to those individuals that are in need.

Saber Life Foundation has several fundraising events that we do to keep the funding coming in to help support our foundation in the placement of these trained service dogs. Our foundation relies upon local events that we set up at and sell homemade dog treats made from our very own kitchen, as well local poker runs, T-shirt fundraisers, and soon plan to start our own annual dog jog in our area.

As a foundation, we have a team that helps us to set up at local events to do our fundraising as well as with online fundraising that we do on social media.

Since we have started our nonprofit in May of 2020 we have been able through our fundraising endeavors to place 3 service dogs in our first year. This was the initial goal for our first year as a minimum and we have now already met that goal. From here we plan to keep fundraising, advocating, and educating to continue to place trained service dogs.

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?

    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.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Social Media,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The 2022 goal for Saber Life Foundation is to change 5-10 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.

  • 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?

    There has been a significant amount of trust that's been built with the individuals that we serve. We do not place a custom trained service dog with anyone as a drop in the lap and left for our clients to figure things out-We instead build a relationship with ongoing training and accessibilities to reach out with any questions or concerns as the organization holds 51% ownership of the service dog for the first four years after initial placement.

  • 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?

    other,

Financials

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Saber Life Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/03/2022
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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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 (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: 10/18/2020

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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.