American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc.

Prevent, Treat & Cure

aka AKC Canine Health Foundation   |   Raleigh, NC   |  www.akcchf.org

Mission

The mission of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. (CHF) is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Calvin Carpenter DVM, MBA, DACLAM

Main address

8051 Arco Corporate Drive Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27617 USA

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EIN

13-3813813

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (H12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

Our vision is to address the health needs of all dogs across their entire lifetime by focusing on all aspects of their physical, mental, and social well-being. We embrace the One Health model as a critical tool to achieving our vision.

Our programs

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

Canine Health Research

We support scientists and professionals in humane research that concerns the origins of canine diseases, development of effective treatments and the indentification of disease prevention strategies.  We support non-invasive, innovative health research that helps dogs and their human companions live longer and healthier lives. In addition to providing canine health research grants, we also provide educational grants to train the next generation of canine health researchers and veterinary specialists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

4 Star Rating 2008

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4 Star Rating 2019

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Canine Health Research

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1995, more than $60 million in grants for canine health research and educational programs have been awarded.

Number of reports written/published

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Canine Health Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since inception, more than 795 peer-reviewed publications have resulted from AKC Canine Health Foundation funding, cited more than 31,000 times.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Canine Health Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since 1995, more than 984 grants have been awarded for canine health research.

Number of conferences held

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Related Program

Canine Health Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Foundation holds a biennial canine health conference featuring our funded investigators presenting the outcomes of their research and current updates for canine health. Next conference in 2021.

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.

Within our mission and vision, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has three primary goals:
1. To fund canine health research projects to the Foundation's capacity which address the diversity of canine health concerns and may have comparative medicine benefits for humans.
2. To select and monitor, through a rigorous process, research projects that meet high scientific standards and have the greatest potential for advancing the health of dogs.
3. To communicate to the dog-owners, veterinarians and the scientific community funded discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports research that will improve the health and lives of all dogs. The Foundation achieves this by awarding grants to scientists and professionals in research that concern the origins of canine illness, the diagnosis of canine diseases, the developments of effective treatments and the identification of disease prevention strategies. 1. Fund canine health research projects through two main grant types: a. OAKs are research projects that are solicited via requests for proposals, submitted through a tiered application process, reviewed by internal and external expert reviewers, and approved by the board of directors. b. ACORNs are seed grants that may be submitted at anytime throughout the year and are reviewed and approved by volunteer experts on a monthly basis. 2. The Foundation's established grants review process is rigorous and stringent. Applications are reviewed internally by dedicated professionals and are subjected to reviews by experts in the application's field of study. 3. The Foundation's process is distinctive in that it gathers information about canine health priorities from the AKC Parent Clubs as well as dog owners, breeders, veterinarians, academic institutions, and researchers. We encourage our investigators to submit applications based on this feedback. 4. The Foundation raises the funds needed to support the canine health programs through contributions from corporate alliances, dog club organizations, and individuals. 5. As a public not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation, the Foundation is dedicated to using it's fiduciary responsibility to maximize canine health funding opportunities. 6. The Foundation follows generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and is dedicated to maintaining data integrity in all financial areas. 7. To ensure financial stability, the Foundation's accounting operations include: a. Evaluating and updating internal controls b. Providing timely financial reporting and financial statements c. Performing an annual external audit d. Closely monitoring the composition and performance of the Foundation's investment portfolio e. Planning, preparing and implementing an annual budget f. Updating financial forecasts quarterly g. Performing cash flow analysis and cash disbursement planning h. Ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding charitable solicitations 8. The Foundation provides educational material through multiple venues to reach audiences interested in canine health. These include symposia, electronic and traditional mailings, online website, podcasts, and scientific conferences.

Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has become the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world. The Foundation raises funds to support quality research to discover: (1) causes of disease; (2) earlier, more accurate diagnoses; (3) better, more effective treatments. 1. The Foundation provides annual budgeted funding of approved OAK and ACORN grants which have been evaluated for scientific soundness, based on an assessment of the Foundation's financial strength. 2. The Foundation maintains an endowment that provides additional support and stability of the Foundation. In addition, the Foundation uses prudent investment strategies in order to weather the changing economic and political climate. 3. The Foundation's staff is internally responsible for financial reporting, analysis and day to day accounting functions. The Foundation's accountant ensures timely filings and compliance of all state and federal regulations, including tax filings. 4. The Foundation's Board of Directors provides leadership to the Foundation and ensures operational and fiscal responsibility with an independent audit and finance committee. 5. The Foundation employs individuals with expertise in scientific research, negotiations, financial accounting, foundation leadership, business process development, grant management, non-profit development, fundraising, donor relations, and club relations. 6.The Foundation's internal project assessment team includes volunteer individuals passionate about canine health and who are professionals in veterinary medicine, clinical medicine, and various fields within scientific research. 7. The Foundation's grant making operations follow the procedures documented in the Foundation's grants operations manual. The processes are periodically reviewed and improved to incorporate best practices in grant making, technological advancements, and growth of the Foundation's capabilities. 8. The Foundation has a unique relationship with the AKC Parent Clubs and breed foundations. Each organization has a designated Health Liaison that works with the Foundation and their club's Board of Directors to identify breed-specific health concerns, fundraise for canine health research, and sponsor grants of particular interest to that breed or club. 9. The Foundation has invested in technology solutions that provide efficient and accurate processing of grant, donor, and financial information. These include Blackbaud's Grantmaking grant management system which provides for online submission and review capabilities, Blackbaud's Raiser Edge for donor management, Blackbaud's Financial Edge for financial management, and Luminate online marketing and content management capabilities. 10. To educate about canine health, the Foundation's established programs include breeder symposia throughout the country, live webinars quarterly, scientific conferences, videos of scientific presentations, quarterly newsletters, and online resources.

The donors who contribute to the AKC Canine Health Foundation have made significant investments in our organization. They invest time by surveying their breed associations about their health concerns, they invest their money through sponsorship of research, and most importantly, they invest trust in the AKC Canine Health Foundation that their time and money will be used wisely. While both the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the researchers we fund have the desire to solve our health problems, the complexity of many canine diseases makes it impossible to hit a homerun in a single project. Rather, the success or failure of biomedical research is measured by the contribution of a given project to the greater understanding of the disease under study. One tangible measurement of this contribution is through peer-reviewed publication of study results. Peer-reviewed publications are accessible to all researchers in the field, and each paper becomes the next stepping stone on the path to solving the problem and finding a cure. The AKC Canine Health Foundation rigorously tracks the tangible outcomes of our funded research. We regularly evaluate both the quantity and quality of the publications that result from donor investments. Quantity is easily defined: As of April 2021, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has contributed to more than 860 peer-reviewed publications in veterinary journals, such as the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and journals with broad biomedical community readership, such as Science and Nature Genetics. Quality is less easily defined, but can be measured by how many times the original projects funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation were cited or “used" by another investigator to make strides in the area of study. As of April 2021, AKC Canine Health Foundation-sponsored publications have been cited more than 34,000 times, independently from the original research group. Importantly, every year we grow in our contribution to canine health and biomedical research.

Financials

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American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. J. Charles Garvin

none

Term: 2016 -

Cindy Vogels

No Affiliation

Susan Hamil

No Affiliation

Tina Truesdale

No Affiliation

A. Duane Butherus, PhD

No Affiliation

Ann Viklund

Neslte Purina PetCare Company

Rhonda Hovan

Mary Smith, BVM&S, PhD

Nancy Shaw

Steven Hamblin

Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA

William Christensen, MD, MPH

Kristin Bloink

Sue Copeland

Karolynne McAteer

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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male

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