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HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC

"That They May Never Walk Alone"

aka Heartlandk9s   |   Neosho, MO   |  https://heartlandk9s.org/
GuideStar Charity Check

HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC

EIN: 47-4991572


Mission

Heartland Canines for Veterans is a non-profit organization that specializes in pairing Service Animals with Veterans who are living with Post-Traumatic Stress, anxiety or depressive issues. Our team is made up of professional dog breeders, trainers and executive staff, all of whom are committed to a common goal: helping our Nation’s Veterans Our organization bears the cost of procuring, caring for and training Service Dog candidates, so that they may be paired with a Veteran who is living with mobility issues, anxiety, depression or Post-Traumatic Stress. This service is offered to the Veteran AT NO COST to them, in the hope that they may experience relief from their illnesses or injuries.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Jimmy Burgess

Main address

12651 Gateway Dr

Neosho, MO 64850 USA

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EIN

47-4991572

Subject area info

Animal welfare

Animal training

Human-animal interactions

Prosthetics

Independent living for people with disabilities

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Population served info

People with disabilities

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Health Support Services (E60)

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

Heartland Canines For Veterans mission is to improve the quality of life for Veterans who are living with a disability by training and providing a service dog that matches the needs of a Veteran and their families. Our program ensures we produce a dynamic, capable and functional Service K9 Team - “So They Never Walk Alone.” Heartland Canines For Veterans was established to meet the needs of Military Veterans struggling with the effects of their military service. Heartland K9s evaluates service dog candidates for potential training behaviors. We also evaluate candidate Veterans for need and potential benefit from having a properly Task Trained Service Dog. Dogs selected to become Service Dogs are professionally trained in traditional obedience tasks then partnered with a Veteran to be trained individually and jointly to be able to perform the tasks needed to allow greater independence and overcome barriers to wellness. We serve others to reduce isolation and suicidal idealization.

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?

Operation Heal

This campaign has a two-fold mission and desired outcome: First, to identify disabled Veterans that will benefit from a Service Dog; second, to screen and identify potential canine candidates for entry in to the Service Dog Training Program. It is our hope to pair 8-12 deserving Veterans with a Service Dog in 2023, so that they may experience relief from their illnesses / injuries.

Population(s) Served

The "One of Us" Campaign was designed to create more than an opportunity for organizations to give and Veterans to receive. We believe in life-long bonds and partnerships. This campaign gives organizations an opportunity to invest in the success of a specific Veteran and their K-9 partner, now, and for years to come.
Partner business, company, or organization choose the name of the K-9. Each campaign partner donation covers all training for the K-9 and Veteran Team, routine veterinarian care, all the gear, equipment, kenneling and administrative costs for the K-9 Team.

Population(s) Served

The Heartland Ambassador program gives employees and patrons an opportunity to see a service dog in action! Our HK9 Ambassadors travel to businesses, facilities, organizations and event to provided education and demonstrations on the benefits and responsibilities of a Service Dog Team.
This campaign is perfect for organizations that would like to:
Promote a grand opening or other event for your business
Educate your employees on service dogs
Educate you patrons on service dogs
Ask questions about our different campaigns
Learn about ADA rules and laws
Support HK9 and spread the word about our programs and service dog capabilities

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities
Veterans
People with disabilities
Veterans
People with disabilities
Military personnel
Retired people

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 trainees successfully carrying out desired practices at least once to appropriate problems

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

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Operation Heal

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people returning for successor service dogs

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

People with disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

Operation Heal

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average online donation

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

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Operation Heal

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our five-year vision is to increase the number of Trained PTSD Service Dog teams among Veterans in the Joplin, MO area by at least double thereby improving conditions for the individual, family members and the community. Studies show for each Veteran Suicide more than 125 other individuals are affected. Our program can contribute to significant increase in task trained teams thereby reducing pain and anguish in our community. Quantifiable outcomes will be evidenced by the number of Task Trained Service Dog Teams produced each year. Our goal of 8 Trained Teams in 2023 will increase to at least 16 Trained Teams in 2024 which we will sustain or increase in forward years.

Our plan to hire a full-time Service Dog Trainer will address several Health Barriers as indicated by the
OneJoplin Pathways to Prosperity. Several prevalent health issues garnering attention in the Veteran
community are also leading factors in the Regional Health Assessment referred to by OneJoplin. The
prevalence of diabetes, heart and lung disease, poor mental health and substance abuse are all issues our
program can help alleviate as we train more Service Dog Teams which will be a direct outcome of hiring a
Veteran full-time Dog Trainer. The health issue we are focused on is mainly Post Traumatic Stress and
accompanying Depression and possible Suicidal Tendencies. Depression prevalence is not well-enough
understood in our region but PTSD is prevalent in our Veteran community. Suicide rate is higher than self-
reported depression rate would suggest. Funding this request will ensure we are able to hire a full-time
trainer and address the issues commonly found in Veterans with PTSD which include depression and suicidal idealization.

We have significantly increased our corporate and individual donations in the first 5 months of 2023. This will allow us the funds to train more Service K9 Teams. Our media and community outreach efforts have facilitated this dramatic increase of donations and our Executive Director and Board of Directors are actively pursuing business networking opportunities to continue this growth.

In the first 5 months of 2023 we have trained more Service K9 Teams than all of 2021 and 2022 combined. This is an astounding accomplishment which is a direct result of hiring a new Executive Director with the vision and drive to "Move the Needle"!

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 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC

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.

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Jimmy Burgess

Jimmy joined the HK9 Team in November of 2022. A disabled Veteran, he shares a passion for the HK9 mission. Jimmy is married and has two boys, Ethan, 20, who is currently in Wisconsin working in public relations and Ryne, 18, who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps. His military service included three tours to Iraq with the 160TH Special Operations Aviation Regiment as well as many TDY missions to South America. His Service K9 Riley is currently in her obedience training phase.

HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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HEARTLAND CANINES FOR VETERANS INC

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Chris Fleming

Heartland Canines for Veterans

Term: 2017 - 2024

Travis Lewis

Treasurer/Heartland Canines for Veterans

Courtney Farley

VP/Heartland Canines for Veterans

James Childers

Board Member/Heartland Canines for Veterans

Desiree Bridenstein

Secretary/Heartland Canines for Veterans

Rob Wood

Board Member/Heartland Canines for Veterans

Nikki Campbell

Board Member/Heartland Canines for Veterans

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 6/8/2023

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
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2023

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

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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.