Helping People Help Pets

aka American Pets Alive!   |   Austin, TX   |
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EIN: 74-2893360


To promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.

Notes from the nonprofit

While still maintaining the safety net it has built in Austin for animals, in 2020 APA!'s national education and outreach division, American Pets Alive!, mounted a response to the pandemic that almost immediately became a national collaborative project by hundreds of shelter professionals from across the US that promises to transform the country's sheltering practices. This Human Animal Support Services (HASS) project seeks to replace the mass institutionalization of pets as the basis for animal services with a community-centric model that better serves the human-animal bond and corrects the historic injustices of traditional shelter-based services, which have tended to separate people from beloved pets in order to gain access to animal services. This practice has disproportionately affected low-income people and people of color. In 2022, HASS includes over 100 communities across the US committed to piloting all or part of the HASS model and engages with 2,145 organizations.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Ellen Jefferson DVM

Main address

1156 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78703 USA

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Subject area info

Continuing education

Animal welfare

Animal training

Veterinary medicine

Human-animal interactions

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Population served info



NTEE code info

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

APA! works to overcome the needlessly high death rates in animal shelters, constantly building on improvements, and reaching for the day when all healthy or treatable pets leave shelters alive. It began this work in 2008 in Austin, Texas, by creating specialized medical and behavioral programs able to provide sustainable, replicable lifesaving solutions that could reach 100% of homeless pets, not simply within its own shelter but across the entire community. As Austin became a safe haven for animals, APA! also began extending its programs to shelters across the region. In its work, APA! brings a focus on data and research for identifying and analyzing problems that lead to euthanasia and that can guide effective, evidence-based solutions. Successful in creating local programs, APA! also now, through its national education and outreach division, American Pets Alive!, addresses a critical need in animal welfare for training and mentorship in improving animal services.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medical Clinic - Wellness & Triage Care

The heart and soul of APA! is its medical clinic. Every dog and cat taken in by APA! receives a vet exam, routine tests and vaccines, and a microchip on intake. Each one not previously sterilized is spay/neutered before being adopted. The clinic provides routine wellness care for all pets currently in APA!'s care, whether residing in our facilities or in foster care. Most important, the clinic provides last chance, non-routine medical care for seriously ill or injured pets, each of which would have been euthanized at another shelter for lack of the resources and expertise there to treat them. A staff of five full-time veterinarians along with a skilled team including veterinary interns, veterinary technicians, surgical and kennel technicians, case managers, clinic services coordinators, and other staff, ensures that all homeless pets in our care with a treatable condition will be saved. Annually, the clinic treats over 12,000 pets.

Population(s) Served

APA!'s high-volume, low-cost neonatal kitten nursery, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to take in, bottle-feed and care for 100% of orphaned unweaned kittens in Austin and to help surrounding counties save neonatal kittens turned in to their public shelters. In traditional shelters, such young kittens had been euthanized because of the intensive care they need to survive. Working round the clock, staff, volunteers and fosters treat thousands of tiny 0-6 week-old kittens annually and adopt them out. In 2020, as the pandemic restricted in-shelter care, the nursery quickly established a foster network able to care for its tiny kittens, and succeeded in saving more than ever. Before 2020, the nursery was taking in and treating around 2,500 kittens. Since 2020, through a new focus on foster-based care, the nursery has annually saved up to 4,000 and has even seen survival rates increase.

Population(s) Served

APA!’s Parvo Puppy ICU officially opened its doors in 2010 as the first of its kind in the nation after an initial pilot stage, 2008-2009. Today, it remains one of the rare dedicated programs in the country set up to treat this deadly but treatable virus in shelter dogs. APA!’s ICU now quarantines and saves over 1,000 puppies yearly through its partnerships with other shelters, whereby they transfer ill puppies to APA!. The program is becoming a center for research into parvo and its treatment that will someday transform veterinary medicine and lead to thousands more puppies saved across the US. Through a sustainable treatment model based on the use of trained volunteers, this program treats puppies at about 1/10th the cost typical at a private vet, yet matches their survivial rates. Parvo ICUs like APA!'s have begun to be replicated across the country as professionals who come to APA! to learn how to improve lifesaving practices take home what they learn and create new programs.

Population(s) Served

APA!’s ringworm ward now treats around 500 cats and kittens a year and is critical to Austin’s success in saving shelter cats. The ward was started in 2010 to rescue cats and kittens at risk of euthanasia for having ringworm at other shelters, treat their skin and mend their spirits, and adopt them into loving homes.

Although ringworm is a simple fungus that is non-fatal, can be easily treated, and can be cured within a few months, it is a death sentence in many shelters across the country. By separating cats with ringworm from other animals and providing care and treatment, APA! is able to contain the fungus and ensure that ringworm kitties have a shot at finding their forever home. APA! collaborates with area shelters to pull cats with ringworm from euthanasia lists, and then houses those cats in a specialized cattery that allows them to play and be active while undergoing treatment. It is the program’s additional mission to educate adopters and advocate for these underserved cats, reducing the stigma of ringworm.

Population(s) Served

APA!’s Feline Leukemia Adoption Center opened its doors in 2011 to provide a safe haven for cats that have been diagnosed with Feline Leukemia (FeLV), with the ultimate goal of finding each cat a loving home. One of the nation’s few programs adopting out cats with FeLV, the ward also has become a center for groundbreaking vet research. FeLV affects a cat’s immune system and may shorten its lifespan to just 2-4 years after diagnosis, though many of the cats adopted from APA with FeLV have lived much longer. Because the virus is contagious, APA! keeps FeLV+ cats isolated from other cats who are not infected. APA! believes FeLV+ cats deserve a chance at life, even if their lives may be shorter and has developed partnerships with area shelters to ensure FeLV+ cats in the Austin region have a place to call home until they can find a forever family. The program typically takes in around 450 cats and kittens each year.

Population(s) Served

The Barn Cat Program is an innovative approach to helping both unsocialized cats and the community at large. Unsocialized cats, used to living on their own, unsuited to home environments and ineligible for trap-neuter-return programs, have typically faced euthanasia in shelters, but can thrive when adopted out as "working” cats. APA! partners with area shelters to save hundreds of barn cats a year, including ones with special medical needs and seniors. The cats are sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and adopted out to caregivers who offer safe outdoor homes at farms, ranches, stables, warehouses and greenhouses in exchange for natural pest control.

Population(s) Served

Dogs with behavioral issues, especially big dogs, are one of the last frontier's in saving all treatable shelter pets in shelters. Through its collaboration with other shelters, APA! takes in dogs with challenging problems and gives them a second chance by providing ongoing behavior support to help them succeed in adoption. Still innovating to solve the obstacles to both saving them and ensuring they have a good quality of life while in shelter care, APA! runs a menu of behavior initiatives. These include playgroups, volunteer dog walking and running programs, Canine Good Citizen Ready and Total Obedience Program training, and Behavioral Modification. The care extended to APA!’s dogs continues throughout their lives. APA!’s Follow-up Program provides free behavioral support to all APA! adopters for the life of their dogs, as well as to foster dog caregivers. Available support includes self-help resources, phone/email consultations, and one-on-one training sessions.

Population(s) Served

American Pets Alive! (AmPA!) is APA!’s national education and outreach division. At its inception, AmPA! organized an annual conference to teach shelter professionals from across the nation how to replicate the uniquely successful lifesaving programs APA! operates in Austin. It has since also become a center for national thought leadership in progressive animal welfare. From a pilot phase in 2016 until the pandemic in 2020, AmPA! was primarily devoted to operating the Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy, which brought nearly 1,000 professionals to Austin from across the U.S. to learn hands-on and in classroom work how to improve shelter lifesaving at home. Since 2020, AmPA! has served as the backbone for the national collaborative Human Animal Support Services project (HASS). The next stage in animal welfare innovation, HASS promises to transform how shelters across the U.S. provide services to people and pets in communities by moving the focus to preserving human-animal bonds.

Population(s) Served

Since 2008, PASS has worked to reduce shelter intake by connecting people with resources they need to help them keep their beloved pets, or responsibly rehome them when that is their best option. Through an email/phone hotline, PASS provides advice and information about available community resources to guide families in solving problems. The hotline fields ~700 inquiries a month and fulfills pet food pantry orders for over 1,500 owned pets. When necessary, PASS steps in to raise funds on a family’s behalf for a pet deposit or vet expenses, or to help with temporary boarding. Through its Facebook page, PASS regularly connects people who want to help with those who need help keeping their pets. Clients include people who have experienced a loss of income, illness, domestic violence, military deployment, or death in the family, as well as families forced to move to places that do not allow pets or require a pet deposit the family cannot afford to pay.

Population(s) Served

APA! specializes in saving pets with challenges, including ill or injured animals, very young pets, seniors, and pets working to overcome behavioral issues, and our adoption program must work especially hard to find them homes. Every APA! pet receives a pre-adoption exam and vet care in our skilled medical clinic, including vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, and a microchip. APA! also assesses each pet’s temperament and provides potential adopters with all possible information about their behavior. We maintain multiple, central adoption centers and convenient adoption hours. All available pets are listed on APA!’s website with biographies, photos, and videos, and they populate our vibrant social media pages. Special webpages are devoted to senior pets, medical needs pets, or those needing specific home environments, and trained matchmakers work to pair pets with potential adopters. APA! adopted out its 100,000th pet in 2022.

Population(s) Served

APA! has the largest private nonprofit foster network in the country, which is key to our lifesaving capacity. While our shelter space is limited, APA!’s foster programs have been able to flex to meet whatever need APA! has faced, including during kitten season and even in the face of regional natural disasters. The foster programs have become an especially valuable resource in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, allowing the move of most of APA!'s shelter population into foster care and even allowing APA! to increase its rescue work with shelters across Texas. Our programs typically see well over 1,200 pets at a time in foster homes and saw over 11,000 foster placements in 2022. We are now restructuring our operations to keep the majority of all our pets in foster homes by providing caregivers with much more extensive staff support and resources, and thereby significantly reducing the number of pets living in-shelter, where they are more stressed and vulnerable to disease.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Avanzino Leadership Award 2016

Maddie's Fund

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 animals rescued

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


Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

APA!'s goal is not simply the number of animals at risk for needless euthanasia in shelters, but to create a safety net able to respond to need. This varies yearly.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Dog and Cat Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Adoption figures may not include "pre-adopts," pets chosen by a family for adoption but not yet fully released as they await spay/neuter surgery or complete medical treatment.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Austin Pets Alive!'s original aim was to create the resources and innovative programs necessary for saving all healthy or treatable, non-aggressive dogs and cats in the city of Austin's animal shelter system. With APA! collaborating closely with Austin Animal Center, the city now consistently maintains a more than 95% save rate, an outstanding achievement for a large city. Working to spread its reach, APA! also began working with shelters in surrounding counties across Texas, offering its services whenever possible to other communities to help them save more animals and to shift mentalities in what is possible for saving and adopting out homeless pets. APA! now additionally works nationally through its American Pets Alive! education and outreach division to help animal welfare groups in other communities replicate APA!'s medical, behavioral, foster and adoption programs as those communities work towards the comprehensive lifesaving model now well-established in Austin, Texas, under Austin Pets Alive!'s leadership. In 2020, in pursuit of a new stage of improvement, American Pets Alive! began hosting a national collaborative effort to transform the services typically provided by shelters, reducing shelter intake by serving many animal services out of the shelter walls, where they can also better serve the human-animal bonds beloved by the majority of people, and leaving shelters better able to manage and save the smaller populations still in need of in-shelter care. At every stage and geographic level, the aim is to create the means for allowing all homeless pets to be treated with care and with respect for their lives, and to ensure that no animal dies needlessly in an animal shelter.

APA!'s model is to work holistically and systematically on all fronts to solve problems by creating partnerships, working on legal and policy issues, and creating innovative medical and behavioral programs based on data and research to end needless euthanasia within animal shelters. APA! began by deliberately targeting the most challenging shelter populations in order to create a safety net for all homeless dogs and cats, whatever their problems. With an eye toward extending its reach nationwide, APA! works to find effective solutions that are sustainable and replicable. To broaden its reach more directly, APA! added a training academy to its American Pets Alive! education and outreach division in 2018, in which shelter and nonprofit personnel from all over the country come as apprentices to learn how to replicate the lifesaving practices of APA!. Most recently in 2020, APA!'s American Pets Alive! division began hosting a national collaborative of shelter professionals. Called the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) initiative, the collaborative brings thousands of animal welfare professionals together to identify and solve the major obstacles to providing better care for animals and for the people who love them. The project also incorporates social justice, recognizing that BIPOC people have borne the brunt of the To support this transformation of animal services, American Pets Alive! will support the "infrastructure" necessary for its success by supporting new research and data projects, building connections among all stakeholders, creating new partnerships and funding, providing education and mentorship, and supporting policy initiatives that will enable the transformation of animal services nationwide.

Austin Pets Alive! has developed an expert staff skilled in animal care and collaboration, huge volunteer and foster networks, a strong relationship with the city of Austin, large and ever-improving development and marketing teams, and a strong base of community support. Led by Dr. Ellen Jefferson, APA! has come to be respected as a national thought leader in the animal welfare field and its lifesaving approach seen as a model for the rest of the nation.

Having led the way in making the city of Austin, Texas, the nation's largest No Kill city, Austin Pets Alive! is still working to help more communities improve their animal lifesaving by teaching other rescue groups and shelters about APA!'s innovative and lifesaving programs, and by extending APA!'s services to more shelters and pets throughout Texas. Since 2018, the organization's national education and outreach division, American Pets Alive!, began building out its programs in lifesaving education and training, bringing over 1000 students to its central facility in Austin from 2018-2020 to learn how to replicate Austin's outstanding success in saving shelter pets. Additionally, the academy's expert staff have traveled to and consulted with over 100 shelters in other communities to help them in their efforts to improve their lifesaving.

The new major initiative of AmPA!, beginning in 2020, is to serve as the backbone organization for the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) project, now being implemented in 22 pilot communities across the U.S. In this initiative, AmPA!'s role is to support the implementation of HASS by providing executive leadership, data and research services, policy and budgeting improvements, and education and training to shelters working to radically change the focus of animal services towards keeping animals out of shelters by supporting human-animal bonds and providing new community-based services.

In 2021, APA! additionally turned to a greater focus on the high rates of shelters deaths in Texas overall, and began an innovative transport program. Rather than simply relieving the population pressure on the state's most under-resourced shelters by moving their animals to states with a shortage of adoptable shelter pets, the program uses the space this creates to help shelters build their capacity for lifesaving at home.

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.

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  • 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?

    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

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 10.64 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of AUSTIN PETS ALIVE’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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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$143,027 $1,011,376 $1,028,174 $2,431,731 -$223,518
As % of expenses -1.4% 9.4% 9.5% 19.0% -1.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$266,038 $846,994 $844,333 $2,242,443 -$435,014
As % of expenses -2.5% 7.8% 7.7% 17.3% -2.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,298,547 $9,997,100 $10,213,729 $16,558,377 $18,137,862
Total revenue, % change over prior year -56.2% 37.0% 2.2% 62.1% 9.5%
Program services revenue 12.8% 12.2% 15.2% 7.3% 5.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.2% 1.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 84.8% 86.2% 83.2% 84.2% 94.1%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.3% 1.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $10,356,404 $10,705,099 $10,796,061 $12,779,523 $16,922,716
Total expenses, % change over prior year 32.7% 3.4% 0.8% 18.4% 32.4%
Personnel 65.8% 69.9% 73.0% 74.3% 67.1%
Professional fees 5.0% 2.1% 3.2% 4.1% 2.7%
Occupancy 2.6% 3.7% 4.5% 5.1% 8.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Pass-through 5.0% 5.2% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 21.7% 19.1% 17.9% 16.3% 21.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $10,479,415 $10,869,481 $10,979,902 $12,968,811 $17,134,212
One month of savings $863,034 $892,092 $899,672 $1,064,960 $1,410,226
Debt principal payment $2,808 $0 $0 $1,424,061 $0
Fixed asset additions $248,242 $408,164 $214,466 $212,390 $3,234,362
Total full costs (estimated) $11,593,499 $12,169,737 $12,094,040 $15,670,222 $21,778,800

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 3.8 4.6 3.0 1.2
Months of cash and investments 6.3 6.3 7.2 8.3 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 2.5 3.3 4.9 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $904,897 $3,357,474 $4,162,287 $3,208,052 $1,732,033
Investments $4,545,826 $2,225,834 $2,284,744 $5,596,896 $3,535,589
Receivables $3,401,321 $1,725,875 $1,133,654 $1,926,480 $4,291,950
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,071,019 $1,479,183 $1,693,649 $1,876,770 $5,052,285
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 45.0% 43.7% 49.0% 52.8% 31.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.6% 3.3% 18.4% 6.4% 25.1%
Unrestricted net assets $2,173,991 $3,020,985 $3,865,318 $6,107,761 $5,269,768
Temporarily restricted net assets $7,158,693 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,158,693 $5,248,437 $3,428,740 $5,555,132 $6,253,002
Total net assets $9,332,684 $8,269,422 $7,294,058 $11,662,893 $11,522,770

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Dr. Ellen Jefferson DVM

CEO Ellen Jefferson, DVM, has led APA! since 2008, overseeing the organization’s rise from a grassroots rescue group to national thought leadership. She also directs APA!'s national outreach division, American Pets Alive!, and is a founding executive committee member for Human Animal Support Services, launched in 2020. Under her direction, APA! first drove the process that resulted in Austin, Texas, becoming the nation’s largest No Kill city in 2011. Austin now enjoys a comprehensive safety net for all shelter pets and a 95%+ shelter save rate. Dr. Jefferson graduated from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She served on the National Spay/Neuter Task Force from 2007-2009. In 2016, she was unanimously chosen to receive the first Avanzino Leadership Award, given for outstanding contributions to the No Kill movement. She serves on the National Steering Committee for Best Friends Animal Society and the Mars Advisory Board for the Global Index to End Pet Homelessness.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/07/2024
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Board co-chair

Germana de Falco

Retired Financial Services Professional

Term: 2021 -

Board co-chair

William "Matt" Harriss

Butler Family Interests

Term: 2022 -

Germana de Falco

Retired Finance Professional

Gretchen Meyer

Financial Servies Technology

Bill Symon

The Gordian Group

Mike Rovner

Ovation Partners

Alexander Devine

Independent Software Engineer

Monica Dermott

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Ellen Jefferson, DVM

Austin Pets Alive!

Rusty Tally

UBS Financial Services

Nancy Pollard

Friends of the Children, Austin

Sharon Wichterich

No affiliation/retired

Matt Harriss

Butler Family Interests

Maren Miller

Ernst and Young

Dan Ferreri

Marbella Interests, LLC

Dana Dean

Wendi Martin

Gael Lonergan

Sean McDonald

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 10/12/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/04/2022

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  • 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 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 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 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.


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