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K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC

Battling Today for Veterans to Live a Better Tomorrow

Brooksville, FL   |  https://K9PartnersForPatriots.com/
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K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC

EIN: 47-1871810


Mission

To give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder / Director of Training Operations

Mary Peter

Main address

15322 Aviation Loop Dr.

Brooksville, FL 34604 USA

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EIN

47-1871810

Subject area info

Animal therapy

Crisis intervention

Support groups

Human services

Population served info

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

K9 Partners for Patriots is addressing the military and veteran suicide epidemic. We believe that all ideas to protect these brave men and women should be on the table. Our low-risk, high-reward potential solution is pairing veterans with service dogs who are specially trained to mitigate post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma which commonly affect ex-service members and contribute to suicide. Service dogs can be trained to perform countless tasks that mitigate these conditions, grounding handlers during a stressful episode, aiding with memory-related tasks, and even waking their handler from nightmares.

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?

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

We rescue homeless dogs and teach veterans and active duty service members struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) to train them to be their own service animals. The 21-week training course, dog, and all necessary equipment are provided to them at absolutely no charge.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

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.

Total number of homeless dogs rescued for service dog training for veterans

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

Military personnel, Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of homeless/shelter dogs adopted from homeless shelters and rescues.

Total number of veterans applied to the service dog training program

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

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of veterans that have applied to the program for service dog training since inception in 2014.

Veteran-canine Teams Graduated

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

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of veteran-canine teams that have graduated. K9P4P has graduated 413 veteran-canine teams as of 04/01/2024.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The national suicide rate among veterans, according to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is 20 per day, and tragically that climbs even higher among veterans with PTSD. That number must be curbed and at K9 Partners for Patriots we understand the urgency and the severity of PTSD that pushes too many veterans to choices from which there is no recovery.

K9 Partners for Patriots is determined to assist every veteran whose medical condition(s) qualify him or her and let them know they have a family here of veterans who've traveled the same road and are working together with their service dogs on a path forward.

We're hoping to show the Dept. of Veterans Affairs that when veterans have the opportunity to train together with their own service dog in a conducive environment, the positive changes that result demonstrate a highly effective treatment for PTSD; and, what may also be a significant alternative to Rx medications.

We have a plan in place to acquire dogs that qualify to be trained as service dogs. (They are temperament tested and also must be able to alert positively to the scent of adrenaline.)

We offer a 21-week training program created by a nationally known expert who is also a Certified Master Dog Trainer (CMDT) with over 32 years of professional K9 training experience.

Our results are well-documented and are the subject of ongoing analysis by experts Dr. James Whitworth at the University of Central Florida to provide ongoing in-depth program evaluation assessing the outcomes of their service dog training programs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Whitworth and K9 Partners for Patriots are also assisting researchers from the University of South Florida in evaluating similar programs for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Participants in the service dog training complete assessments at multiple points before, during, and after their participation to measure how they are responding to the program.

K9 Partners for Patriots has also actively participated in and supported two independent studies conducted by Dr. Whitworth and Dr. Scotland-Coogan at Saint Leo University. Findings from the program evaluation and these independent studies, in combination with results from two other recently published controlled investigations, provide evidence supporting the endorsement and use of service dog programs as helpful complementary or alternative treatment options for some veterans with PTSD.

Using both qualitative & quantitative data we hope to continue to receive grant funding from the Dept. of Defense and are currently under review for the same.

We have also developed a program to "train the trainers" and are creating an "Aftercare" program for veterans who graduate from the 21-week training program and are interested in pursuing new goals such as education; employment, community projects; hobbies, etc. that further enable re-engagement with society.

In Mary Peter, the founder, Director of Training Operations, and Certified Master Dog Trainer, we have a leader who's dedication and care for veterans is unmatched. She oversees the program's exceptional training of veterans together with their service dogs; as well as the ongoing development of additional trainers.

We have a fully engaged Board of Directors; and, dedicated staff, and numerous volunteers; each with considerable professional experience in many business areas that are essential to the operation of an efficient nonprofit organization.

K9 Partners for Patriots has a deep understanding of the need to assist and support veterans after they complete training because their needs are likely to change. Nonetheless, we know we are helping them manage their PTSD; we have not cured it. 

What began with one veteran is now a group of over 430 active veterans whose lives have been profoundly and positively impacted by their work & training together with service dogs here at K9P4P.

We are still developing a very important component that we believe is essential for continuous progress, and that is the "Aftercare" program. We are surveying veterans and working with St. Leo University, which is well known for the education programs it offers for all service members, both Active Duty and veterans.

Within the resources, funding parameters, and physical environment in which we currently operate, we are eager to help our veterans strive to achieve their next goal; whatever that may be.

And, we are eager to assist others in the public & private sector to understand and perhaps replicate what we do to share the success our veterans have found.

Financials

K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

58.40

Average of 67.38 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.1

Average of 5 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 6% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $492,501 -$236,159 $221,316 $138,153 $107,633
As % of expenses 56.2% -19.1% 19.1% 9.6% 7.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $478,150 -$249,937 $207,659 $120,871 $90,922
As % of expenses 53.7% -20.0% 17.7% 8.3% 6.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,399,292 $1,407,508 $1,380,529 $1,658,828 $1,613,450
Total revenue, % change over prior year 110.3% 0.6% -1.9% 20.2% -2.7%
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 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Government grants 83.8% 74.2% 69.9% 64.3% 64.4%
All other grants and contributions 16.2% 25.8% 30.1% 35.7% 35.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $875,715 $1,237,000 $1,159,213 $1,444,177 $1,459,483
Total expenses, % change over prior year 55.1% 41.3% -6.3% 24.6% 1.1%
Personnel 17.4% 30.1% 38.3% 42.3% 48.7%
Professional fees 1.3% 4.4% 1.7% 14.6% 12.4%
Occupancy 11.9% 9.0% 9.7% 8.3% 8.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 1.2%
Pass-through 39.0% 24.2% 22.5% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 30.4% 32.3% 27.8% 34.0% 29.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $890,066 $1,250,778 $1,172,870 $1,461,459 $1,476,194
One month of savings $72,976 $103,083 $96,601 $120,348 $121,624
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $248,750
Fixed asset additions $14,517 $0 $0 $266,241 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $977,559 $1,353,861 $1,269,471 $1,848,048 $1,846,568

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 9.7 5.4 8.0 5.5 6.1
Months of cash and investments 9.7 5.4 8.0 5.5 6.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.4 4.7 7.2 6.8 5.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $707,478 $556,866 $772,996 $664,959 $745,274
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $192,262 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $175,902 $175,902 $180,902 $447,143 $447,143
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 17.1% 24.9% 31.8% 16.7% 20.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.4% 5.8% 4.5% 22.4% 1.1%
Unrestricted net assets $833,178 $615,956 $823,615 $944,486 $1,035,408
Temporarily restricted net assets $30,000 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 $30,000 $45,604 $45,604 $19,742 $66,076
Total net assets $863,178 $661,560 $869,219 $964,228 $1,101,484

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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 / Director of Training Operations

Mary Peter

Mary Peter, CMDT is the founder and Director of Training Operations of K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. Mary is a graduate of National K9 in Columbus, Ohio with credentials in the fields of: Basic and advanced obedience, Personal protection, Police K9, Attack, Tracking, Retrieval, Utility and disability assistance training. She also specializes in behavior modification for the problem dog. Mary has been training dogs professionally since 1987 and has earned the respect of the public, law enforcement, and the veterinary community. After the attacks of September 11, 2001 - Mary assembled the K9 Forensics Recovery Team, which consisted of herself and law enforcement officers from the Pasco, Hernando, and Tampa Police Department. The team was utilized by FBI, FEMA, FDLE, and Texas Equusearch. They assisted the FDLE Child Abduction Resource Team and the Adam Walsh Foundation. They assisted with the Natalie Holloway Disappearance and recovery efforts in New Orleans' 9th ward.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/25/2024
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Board chair

Barry Buchmiller

Jeanne White

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Ron Flaville

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Barry Buchmiller

Mary Peter

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Ronda Hicks

Alan Davidson

Dan Dempsey

Frank Cohen

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2020

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