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SPIKES K9 FUND

Their work keeps us safe. Their needs are our mission.

Virginia Beach, VA   |  http://www.spikesk9fund.org/
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SPIKES K9 FUND

EIN: 47-2144242


Mission

We serve active and retired working canines nationally.\r\n\r\nSpike's K9 Fund aspires to purchase protective vests and equipment to keep them safer and for peak operation. We provide critical medical treatment to help the canine return to work or to live out their retirement days in complete health.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder

James C. Hatch

Director of Operations

Emily F. Grey

Main address

5760 Northampton Blvd Unit 118

Virginia Beach, VA 23455 USA

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EIN

47-2144242

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Public safety

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Students

NTEE code info

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

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working K9's are often the last item in municipal budgets and are asked to participate in violent interactions with suspected criminals. We provide ballistic protection to the K9's so that when they go to work with their human partner, they, the K9, has the same protection as the human. We also address the associated medical costs that these K9's sometimes garner and municipalities do not cover.\n\nWe help Police, Military, and Search & Rescue K9's with life-saving equipment and medical needs.

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?

K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign

Provide protective vests for both federal and local law enforcement canines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Assist active and retired working canines with medical expenses so they can continue working or remain comfortable in their retirement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide essential gear to keep working canines safe and help them be more effective at their job.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Spike's School was created when there was a growing need for access to quality training without the burden of cost to the handler or department. We believe every K9 handler should have access to the training necessary to perform safely on the job. The goal of Spike’s School is to educate and improve communication between handler and K9 through top-notch training from exceptional and recognized trainers across the country. Quality training results in increased effectiveness in the workplace and safer handling, protecting everyone involved. Together, we will build a better and safer K9 community.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans

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 helped

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric indicates the number of individual dogs that we've assisted over the years. Some of these dogs have been assisted more than once, or have received support from multiple campaigns.

Total number of emergency medical procedures assisted

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

Adults

Related Program

Combat Dog Diesel Medical Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of items with our logo sold

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

We want to ensure that every K9 who serves a community or our nation is given the best equipment and medical care possible.

Raising awareness of the work that K9's do for us and raising funds to assist the communities in giving proper care and equipment for the K9's during and after their careers. We host fundraisers throughout the year, as well as manage an online store.

We have been successful in raising over $700k for two consecutive years through social media and public events. We will remain small and nimble and use our significant social media following to raise the necessary funds to care for the working K9 community.

We have helped over 840 K9's in 44 states with life-saving equipment and medical expenses. Our longterm goal is to help 10% of the working K9 population (estimated at 25,000 K9s total).

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To identify where the people we serve can volunteer when they ask to

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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, We ask what steps could be taken to improve experiences for repeat attendees

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

SPIKES K9 FUND
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.93

Average of 290.89 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.6

Average of 3.5 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10%

Average of 7% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

SPIKES K9 FUND

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SPIKES K9 FUND’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $42,573 -$7,679 $52,285 $259,663 -$604,308
As % of expenses 6.0% -1.1% 7.3% 36.1% -45.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $40,202 -$10,170 $48,974 $256,660 -$607,088
As % of expenses 5.6% -1.5% 6.8% 35.6% -45.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $754,171 $660,447 $772,024 $978,536 $725,582
Total revenue, % change over prior year 86.0% -12.4% 16.9% 26.7% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.7% 95.8% 96.8% 85.2% 83.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 4.2% 3.2% 14.8% 16.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $711,598 $668,126 $719,739 $718,873 $1,329,890
Total expenses, % change over prior year 87.2% -6.1% 7.7% -0.1% 0.0%
Personnel 10.9% 16.8% 18.0% 22.5% 22.8%
Professional fees 0.6% 2.7% 4.0% 4.3% 3.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 88.6% 80.6% 78.0% 73.3% 73.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $713,969 $670,617 $723,050 $721,876 $1,332,670
One month of savings $59,300 $55,677 $59,978 $59,906 $110,824
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $6,478 $3,819 $0 $0 $6,485
Total full costs (estimated) $779,747 $730,113 $783,028 $781,782 $1,449,979

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 2.5 2.3 3.0 7.3 9.6
Months of cash and investments 2.5 2.3 3.0 7.3 9.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.4 2.3 3.0 7.3 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $148,855 $130,094 $181,307 $440,287 $1,058,998
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,221 $17,040 $17,834 $17,834 $24,319
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 27.9% 36.2% 53.2% 70.0% 73.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.3% 0.9% 0.5% 0.1% 16.8%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $139,747 $188,721 $445,381 $886,781
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $149,917 $139,747 $188,721 $445,381 $886,781

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder

James C. Hatch

As a K9 handler on several deployments, James' life was regularly spared by the work of K9s – one of the most memorable was Spike. And on James' final deployment, the night he was critically wounded, a K9 spared James' life while losing his own.\r\n\r\nFrom that evening on, James oriented his life around the training, care and preservation of working dogs. In addition to working as the founder and president of the fund, he works with local law enforcement and has adopted a former service dog in need of medical attention.\r\n\r\nAs Jimmy said, "Dogs saved me. It's my mission to take care of them."

Director of Operations

Emily Grey

Emily has a strong passion for canines and they've always been a central part of her life. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Biology from Shepherd University in West Virginia. Her passion led her to an early career in Veterinary Medicine for about eight years in three different states. She believes she found an organization where she can utilize her training and experience along with fulfilling her admiration for canines.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

SPIKES K9 FUND

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 06/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

James Hatch

Theralent Executive Search

Term: 2022 -

Buddy Rake

Rake Law Group P.C.

Alan Thompson, DVM

VCA Animal Care Center

Zack Cooper

Yale University

Brenda Formes

CAO of a 20+ billion dollar family office

Kayle Watson

Black Rock

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/14/2023

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
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2024

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 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 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 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.