Greater Good Charities

Amplify The Good

aka GreaterGood.org   |   Seattle, WA   |  https://greatergood.org

Mission

Greater Good Charities is devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and our planet. Greater Good Charities has given over $300 million in cash and product grants to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward our mission. We work mainly in the core areas of: Alleviating and addressing root causes of world hunger and food insecurity, Early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other widespread health concerns, particularly in women, Preventing and treating childhood illness and other children's health and well-being concerns, Promoting children's literacy and education, Protecting and restoring the environment, Providing care and feeding of rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and addressing root causes of their conditions.

Ruling year info

2007

CEO

Liz Baker

Main address

600 University Street Suite 1000

Seattle, WA 98101 USA

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EIN

20-4846675

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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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?

Rescue Bank

Rescue Bank, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, provides grants to the animal rescue community in the form of donated pet food and supplies delivered through our network of regional affiliates. We pay to ship donated product directly from the donor to our affiliate warehouses. Rescue Bank affiliates then distribute these grants to pre-qualified recipients based on demonstrated need and verified census. Pet food and pet supply grants allow rescue organizations to use part of their food budget for other much-needed services such as spay/neuter, veterinary care, facility maintenance or improvement, adoption events, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GreaterGood.org's Rescue Rebuild is a shelter renovation program that recruits volunteers from all over the U.S.A. to help shelters in need. Our team travels to selected shelters to take projects from concept to creation to improve lives. We help animals in need in a variety of different settings: Animal Shelters, Domestic Violence Shelters, and Homeless & Veterans Housing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Jackson Galaxy Project, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, improves the lives of animals at risk by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them. The Project focuses on programs that drive innovation; promotes improved shelter design and construction; and provides "elevation through education": increased knowledge that inspires and empowers staff, rescuers, and adopters to continually raise the bar for animals at risk.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Girls' Voices, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, ignites creativity, resilience, and leadership in girls worldwide, through the power of digital media storytelling and education.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Madrean Discovery Expeditions, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, works to explore, study, and protect the Madrean Archipelago, a series of unique ecosystems ranging from the southwestern U.S.A. through northern Mexico. Throughout the year, groups of multinational scientists, photographers, students, and volunteer participants come together to record the plants and animals of this biodiverse region, focusing on the understudied region of Sonora, Mexico. This information is then stored in an open-source database used for education, to advocate for conservation, and to establish protected areas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GreaterGood.org's primary goal is to be There When It Matters™. We grant disaster funds in two phases: immediate disaster response (search and rescue and urgent needs) followed by longer-term, specific community and habitat recovery projects (i.e. re-planting bee and wildlife forage in fire-ravaged habitats). We have a robust in-kind response in addition to cash grants – veterinary pharmaceutical supplies and pet food on the animal side; clothing, toys, and books as humanitarian aid.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Unemployed people

Developed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behavior experts, GreaterGood.org's Cat Pawsitive program is a positive-reinforcement training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve adoptability.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GreaterGood.org saves adoptable shelter animals with treatable medical conditions in danger of being euthanized for lack of medical funds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GreaterGood.org’s Good Packs serve homeless and at-risk people and their pets, including veterans and victims of domestic violence. Each Good Pack contains basic items such as a warm blanket, clothing, soap, reusable water bottle, toothbrush and toothpaste, dog food and treats, a dog toy, and a collapsible water/food dish. By providing short-term relief, we seek to help make positive long-term outcomes possible and maintain the human-animal bond in times of crisis.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Veterans

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 girls who have access to education

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Girls' Voices

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funded scholarships for more than 900 girls in over 30 countries.

Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Girls' Voices

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Greater Good Charities has provided scholarships to over 900 girls around the world who have experienced financial barriers to primary and secondary education.

Number of meals provided to homeless veterans

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

Homeless people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since program inception, Greater Good Charities has provided over 600,000 meals to homeless veterans

Number of girls with a safe ride to and from school each school day

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since program inception, provided hundreds of girls at risk of violence in Afghanistan with a safe ride to school and home again.

Number of mammograms funded for women in need

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since program inception, funded over 16,000 mammograms to women in need.

Number of meals provided to shelter pets

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

Rescue Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since program inception, Greater Good Charities has provided more than 250,000,000 meals to shelter pets in need through its Rescue Bank and other programs.

Number of vaccines and medicines provided to shelter pets

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

Rescue Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since program inception, provided over 3 million vaccines and other vital veterinary medicines to shelters and sanctuaries.

Number of animal clinics/shelters improved as a direct result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Rescue Rebuild

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Renovated 140+ animal shelters and 18 homeless or domestic violence shelters since program inception.

Number of shelter pets helped by renovated/improved shelter spaces as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Rescue Rebuild

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Renovated 140+ animal rescue shelters so that over 400,000 shelter pets could live happier, healthier lives while waiting to meet their forever families.

Number of acres of rainforest and other vital habitat protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since program inception, Greater Good Charities grants have helped preserve or otherwise protect more than 1.2 million acres of rainforest and other vital habitat.

Number of under-researched species with new, recorded data

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

Madrean Discovery Expeditions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since program inception, recorded new data for over 30,000 under-researched species in the biodiverse area known as the Sky Islands.

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.

GreaterGood.org's primary aim is to protect the health and well-being of people, animals, and our planet.

Our goals and objectives to achieve this aim include:

Alleviating and addressing root causes of hunger and food insecurity, and promoting peaceful co-existence,

Early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other widespread health concerns, particularly in women,

Preventing and treating childhood illness, disease, and other children's health and well-being concerns,

Promoting children's literacy and education, particularly for girls,

Protecting and restoring the environment; habitat conservation,

Providing care and feeding of rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and addressing root causes of their conditions.

Greater Good Charities runs its own Signature Programs as well as funds best-in-class programs around the world in the areas listed above in Goals.

We develop world-class Signature Programs that offer precise and targeted solutions to social issues that are often neglected. From our Rescue Rebuild shelter renovation program to our Girls' Voices empowerment program, we manage award-winning programs reaching all corners of our planet. Some of our smaller projects have blossomed into national models in social innovation.

In addition, we have funded over 5,000 charity partners and their best-in-class projects in 122 countries around the world. We require regular outcomes and impacts reports from our field partners to ensure we're funding quality, high-impact organizations and programs.

We staff our Signature Programs with experts in their respective fields. These same program leads assess our U.S. and global field partners to ensure we are funding best-in-class projects and programs. Our flexibility and unique positioning (both "doing" and funding) allows us to support innovative and time-sensitive projects.

In our first decade, Greater Good Charities has

1. Granted scholarships to over 600 girls in 21 countries and also media training to those who also participate in our Girls' Voices program
2. Provided over 3 million flea & tick preventatives, medications, and vaccines to animal rescue shelters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico
3. Conducted 20+ expeditions with 377 volunteer scientists to collect and publish 32,980 public records (13,400 animal and 19,580 plant) through our Madrean Discovery Expeditions program, as well as presenting conservation education to 2062 student participants in 32 schools.
4. Permanently protected over 1.2 million acres of rainforest land and other vital habitat for conservation
5. Funded over 16,000 mammograms to low-income, high-risk women in need
6. Delivered over 350 million meals to hungry shelter animals with Rescue Bank
7. Provided over 500 million meals to hungry people around the globe
8. Established a 31,000 acre wildlife corridor for jaguars through our Project Wildcat program
9. Renovated 150+ animal shelters with our Rescue Rebuild program

While significant, this is just a portion of what we have accomplished so far. See greatergood.org for more information.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our grant recipients are non profit organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Via our grant reports,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We will adjust our grant application forms and processes based on recipient feedback and also the quality of responses we receive. We strive to make the grant-giving process equitable for all technological skill levels and "worth it" to recipients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our grant-making software processes are directly tied to the end-user experience. We adjust our questions and frequency of reporting throughout the year based on feedback from recipients.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • 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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Greater Good Charities

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Yaskulka


Board co-chair

David Samuelson

John Gehrt

Julia Christophersen

Eve Higgs

Greg Hesterberg

David Samuelson

David Yaskulka

Jam Stewart

Julie Ryan

Kimberly Klintworth

Jackson Galaxy

Jeffery Zuba

Janis Rosenthal

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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/15/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data