K9 Youth Alliance

kids helping dogs helping kids

Pasadena, CA   |
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K9 Youth Alliance

EIN: 46-1604776


K9 Youth Alliance seeks to enrich the lives of young people while they help prepare abandoned dogs for permanent homes.

Ruling year info


Co-Founder, Organizational Director, K9 Youth Alliance Board Member

Kelly Osburn

Main address

556 South Fair Oaks Avenue Suite 101-566

Pasadena, CA 91105 USA

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Subject area info

Animal training

Youth development

Population served info


At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Teens at risk: Teens from low-income families and academically or behaviorally challenged backgrounds are more likely to experience long-term barriers to success such as poverty, joblessness, incarceration and addiction as adults.

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?

Positive Youth Development & K9 Enrichment Series

The Program pairs youth from underserved communities with abandoned shelter dogs for three week programs of learning, empowerment and development. During the program, youth train their dog partner using rewards based methods as a model for acceptance and non-violence, while at the same time developing skills like clear communication and leadership. Students learn about humane education and advocate for their dog's adoption, and celebrate their achievements during a public graduation ceremony.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 Positive Youth Development Series seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged teens by helping them develop personal assets like self-esteem, leadership skills and responsibility.

K9 Youth Alliance aims to enrich the lives of underserved youth while they prepare abandoned dogs for permanent homes. Its mission stems from the tenet that one best helps oneself by helping others. Specifically, K9YA empowers teens from low income and other high-risk backgrounds to develop greater self-awareness and responsibility both by volunteering to help shelter dogs and participating in activities that promote personal development and leadership skills.

K9YA’s programs are based on the tenet that youth best help themselves by volunteering to help others, in this case, abandoned dogs. Canine enrichment and training help reduce stress in shelter dogs, buffering against maladaptive behaviors that can lead to euthanasia. By providing shelter dogs with up to 30 hours of enriching activities, K9YA students improve, and in some cases even save, their dog-partners’ lives. Youth are empowered with a greater sense of responsibility and self-worth as they begin to understand just how much they have to give.

Our partners include:
Boys & Girls Club Pasadena (refers teens and provides facilities).
Hillsides Education Center (refers teens).
LA Animal Services (provides shelter dogs).
Pasadena Humane Society (provides shelter dogs and facilities).

Our staff includes:
Program Director (coordinates program)
Educational Facilitator (leads classroom activities)
Training Instructor (teaches dog training)
Canine Assistant (dog transportation & handling)
Volunteers (mentor students and assists with program)
Research (evaluates impact)

Each program serves six teens who are either from low-income communities or who’ve been identified by their educators as at risk for academic failure and behavioral problems. An additional 10 teens attend an interactive presentation by an animal professional. Programs also serve 6-12 shelter dogs.

Roughly 80% of our students live at or below the poverty level, about 92% are members of minority races and roughly 25% attend an alternative school due to special education or behavioral needs.

In 2018, our programs:
• Equipped 20 young people with skills like force-free dog training, leadership, teamwork & public speaking
• Provided 68 young people with fun, informative presentations by animal professionals
• Helped over 20 sweet dogs learn new skills and make it safely out of the shelter through rescue & adoption

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 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

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


K9 Youth Alliance
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.00 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 3.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

K9 Youth Alliance

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

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $152,908
As % of expenses 186.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $152,908
As % of expenses 186.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $243,455
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $81,946
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 35.2%
Professional fees 36.2%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 28.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $81,946
One month of savings $6,829
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $88,775

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019
Months of cash 27.1
Months of cash and investments 27.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 25.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019
Cash $185,287
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $176,866
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $8,601
Total net assets $185,467

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019
Material data errors No


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

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

Co-Founder, Organizational Director, K9 Youth Alliance Board Member

Kelly Osburn

Kelly’s life experience includes owning and operating a small business, providing milieu therapy and group counseling to high-risk youth in Los Angeles, grant proposal research and writing and political research, writing and strategy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of NY, Buffalo, an M.A. in Research Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and certification in Drug Abuse Counseling from UCLA Extension College. In her free time she enjoys caring for and training shelter dogs, travel, fundraising for other nonprofits and hiking/running with her rescue dog, Supreme Hunter of Squirrels, Flies and Lizards (a.k.a., Hunter).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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K9 Youth Alliance

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
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Board chair

Mrs Jai Oni Dane

Educator, Pepperdine University

Term: 2023 - 2024

John Nunn

NNC Apartment Ventures, LLC

Rita Carton

Business Executive, Retired

Avalon Economou

Attorney, Small business owner

Keith Buck

COO, Door of Hope, Retired

Jennifer Hirano

Independent Business Consultant

Abril Calderon


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 6/26/2023

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


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

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/26/2023

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

  • 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 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 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.