VIN FOUNDATION

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Davis, CA   |  https://www.vinfoundation.org

Mission

Most foundations give money, the VIN Foundation gives resources. We believe a healthy animal community depends on a healthy veterinary community. Our resources help veterinarians thrive so they can help our animals and those who care for them. Each resource is available to all veterinarians and veterinary students at no cost. We are regularly updating the resources with the most up to date information. Veterinary medicine encompasses inspection of animal food and meat, academia and research, international health and public awareness, as well as cutting-edge surgery, diagnostic testing, and medical treatments for every animal species. The strength and health of our pets, agriculture, research, families, and communities depends upon a healthy, vibrant, and strong veterinary profession.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Jordan benShea

Main address

413 F St Phoenix House

Davis, CA 95616 USA

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EIN

20-1890163

NTEE code info

Veterinary Services (D40)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In an often overlooked profession, veterinarians face significant economic, physical, and emotional pressures, needing support at pivotal stages in their careers. Individuals in need include: veterinary students struggling with large student debt, recent veterinary graduates facing pressure from clients and employers and everyday practice associates and owners trying to balance compassion and business acumen while caring for their patients. The VIN Foundation programs help the veterinary community thrive so veterinarians are able to protect animal and human health and welfare.

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?

I Want to be a Veterinarian

Love animals and think you might want to consider veterinary medicine as a career, or know someone who might be interested? The I Want to be a Veterinarian brochure realistically answers when considering a career in veterinary medicine.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Veterinary education is going to cost me what? Any veterinarian can tell you the initial numbers might be a bit shocking. The Cost of Education interactive map provides current data on attendance costs for tuition (in-state and out-of-state) and living expenses for each of the US, Caribbean, UK and Australian veterinary schools, allowing you to weigh your options and make an informed financial decision.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Vet School Bound provides you with the most current information available on costs, class sizes, and prerequisites for North American, Caribbean, UK and Australian veterinary schools.

Veterinary school is expensive. While getting in is the goal of applying, getting in, to any school, at all costs, can literally cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. To date, no data indicates your income as a veterinarian relates to the school you attend. What does that mean? Cost matters. Narrow your application field. Only apply to schools where you can attend at the lowest cost possible. Your future Dr. Smart-Applicant self will thank you!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Lawyers might love contracts, but for the average layperson they can seem scary. Whether you are a prospective employee or an employer, the Model Employment Contract is a guide providing you practical contract information with an explanation of legal provisions and fully customizable sections.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Getting through veterinary school is one thing, but getting through real life cases can be another. This guide can help you plan your next steps and provides advice about some of the management issues you may confront as you embark on your career.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Whether it’s 3pm or 3am, being on the frontlines with patients for the first time can be nerve-wracking! The Getting Through the Day and Getting Through the Night classes provide valuable guidance to help you transition from being a student to a working veterinarian.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Maybe you have a few years under your belt as a veterinary professional and are thinking you want to exercise that entrepreneurial spirit. But where do you begin if you think practice ownership might be the right choice for you? The Start Up Club is a group of supportive veterinary professionals who have taken the plunge as practice owners and learned to tell about it. Learn from their successes and failures to see if practice ownership might be right for you.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Self-employed people

When you feel like the chips are stacked against you having a confidant to freely talk and share things with can make all the difference. Vets4Vets® responds to the needs of our veterinary community by reaching out to individuals directly, as well as creating group support networks.

Vets4Vets® helps with:
- Tough work situations
- Difficult school circumstances
- Stress
- Depression
- Emotional unrest
- Physical challenges
- Addiction

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

When disaster strikes we start by opening a direct channel of communication with leaders of nonprofits with boots on the ground in the disaster zone to identify where help is needed most. When disaster relief collaboration is created with a trusted nonprofit, 100% of your donation will go directly to disaster relief efforts, VIN Foundation pays the processing fees.

In order for a community-driven disaster relief fund to be set up the VIN Foundation ensures it fits within the organization’s mission and values.

Past collaborations include:

- Hurricane Katrina, the VIN Foundation was the only nonprofit available who could accept credit card donations to help those in the aftermath.

- Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

- University of Florida, CVM and Irma Animal Relief Fund of the Keys for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Population(s) Served
Adults

The VIN Foundation Student Debt Center is a mobile-friendly comprehensive resource helping veterinary students, veterinarians, and those who support them manage student debt through school and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The VIN Foundation Thrive in Five Toolkit was put together as a way to help new veterinary school graduates thrive as veterinarians. This toolkit is a work in progress and we will be adding more resources along the way so keep checking back for updates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

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 veterinary students and veterinarians receiving confidential support

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

Adults, Students

Related Program

VetsVets®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Veterinarians facing significant emotional pressures receive help and relief through peer-to-peer counseling, mentoring opportunities, and additional support tailored to their specific needs.

Number of veterinary students and veterinarians who have the potential to receive student debt loan education and advice

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

Adults, Students

Related Program

Student Debt Center and Loan Simulator

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Veterinarians routinely graduate with debt exceeding two times their income and little debt education. The Student Debt Center helps veterinarians understand their borrowing and repayment options.

Number of pre-veterinary students who have the potential to learn realistic costs of attending veterinary school

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

Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Cost of Education Map

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New veterinarians with less educational debt have a head start on life. A lighter debt burden translates into more financial, career, and personal flexibility and less emotional stress.

Number of pre-veterinary students who have the potential to learn veterinary school information on costs, prerequisites, class size, chances of getting in, and experience.

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

Adults, Young adults, Students

Related Program

Vet School Bound

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Vet School Bound provides the most current information available on costs, class sizes, prerequisites, chances of getting in, experience needed, and how to apply smarter to veterinary school.

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.

The strength and health of our pets, agriculture, research, families, and communities depend upon a healthy, vibrant, and strong veterinary profession. Supporting and advocating for individuals within the profession is the heart and soul of the VIN Foundation. By helping veterinary professionals navigate the challenges of their careers, the VIN Foundation is helping to better serve animal- and human-kind.

A healthy and engaged veterinary profession protects both animal and human health. The VIN Foundation starts by giving prospective veterinarians an inside look at veterinary medicine to help them make an informed decision. This support continues by providing them with information about choosing a veterinary school. The VIN Foundation follows this by providing tools and educating veterinary students on how to minimize borrowing and as they approach graduation, plan for and understand their repayment options. The assistance continues as they enter clinical practice, with continuing education classes, how-to manuals, customizable contracts, and mentor support to help them flourish. The VIN Foundation also offers a confidential support group for colleagues feeling overwhelmed at school or in practice, struggling with addiction, wrestling with compassion fatigue, or just simply needing to talk.

The VIN Foundation has deep roots in the veterinary profession, with highly regarded veterinarians on the Board of Directors. The mental health and support programs are run by licensed mental health professionals, and the VIN Foundation employs and contracts with experts in veterinary medical employment data, student debt, and computer development to create interactive and easy-to-use tools and programs.

A few of the VIN Foundation's recent accomplishments include:
- Launching a comprehensive hub for all things student debt , resulting in double
the Student Loan Repayment Simulator visitors in one month
- Vets4Vets is seeing a 25% increase in participants month over month
- We have launched and completed our first annual essay competition and
awarded three students cash prizes to help with educational expenses
- Our recurring donor base has increased by 95% in the last six months

The focus going forward needs to be on:
- Continued efficiency in program outreach
- Creating a more user friendly online experience
- Finding new ways to appreciate donors
- Increasing fundraising efforts from a wider donor audience of both
veterinarians and animal-lovers
- Raising brand awareness for the VIN Foundation as an organization, its mission,
and its programs

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have always, and will always encourage honest feedback. Recently we adjusted how our Solutions for the Profession Competition is judged, updated our Student Debt Center interface, and are in the midst of updating other resources based on feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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VIN FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard Headley

Richard Headley

Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic

Joseph D'Abbraccio

Catskill Veterinary Services

Elizabeth Stoltz

Frederick Baum

Arlington Animal Hospital

Carl Darby

Seneca Falls Veterinary Hospital

Carol Hillhouse

Carson County Veterinary Clinic, High Plains Animal Hospital

Paul Pion

Veterinary Information Network

Tony Bartels

Veterinary Information Network

Matthew Holland

USDA

James Clark

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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 08/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data