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K9s For Warriors

CharityWatch report issued
November 2022

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

K9s For Warriors
114 Camp K9 Road
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Other Names

Institute for Warriors
K9s For Warriors Research Institute

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end veteran suicide & return our warriors to a life of dignity & independence. Rescues & trains shelter dogs to be paired as service dogs for warriors with service-connected post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 70%

The percentage of K9s For Warriors's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars K9s For Warriors spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
K9s For Warriors IRS Form 990 27-5219467
K9s For Warriors Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Entity: K9s For Warriors
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-5219467
Entity: K9s For Warriors
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
K9s For Warriors
meets governance benchmarks.
K9s For Warriors
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Rory Diamond CEO $299,309
2 Patricia Dodson Chief of Staff/General Counsel $217,853
3 Carl Cricco Chief Marketing Officer $188,713
Name: Rory Diamond
Title: CEO
Compensation: $299,309
Name: Patricia Dodson
Title: Chief of Staff/General Counsel
Compensation: $217,853
Name: Carl Cricco
Title: Chief Marketing Officer
Compensation: $188,713

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of K9s For Warriors also includes the financial activities of K9s For Warriors Research Institute, which are included in the organization's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021. Each entity is a 501(c)(3) public charity. All material intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the K9s For Warriors consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 8, Contributions In-Kind), K9s reports receiving in-kind contributed goods, services, and other non-cash items in 2021 on which it placed a value of $1,452,149.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the K9s For Warriors consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 6, PPP Loan):

"On May 11, 2020, the Organization received a $901,624 loan made pursuant to the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ('CARES Act'). The loan has a two-year term and accrues simple interest at a fixed annual rate of 1.00%. Under the terms of the CARES Act guidelines, a portion of the loan up to 100% may be forgiven by the U.S. Small Business Administration if the amount spent is within the timeframe and under the guidelines that have been set for forgiveness. At December 31, 2020, principal and interest totaling $906,897 are outstanding. On February 1, 2021, the Organization received notice of forgiveness of its PPP loan in its entirety."

According to the K9s For Warriors consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 11, Related Party Transactions):

"American Service Dog Access Coalition ('ASDAC') is a related party to K9s through an economic interest. As of December 31, 2021 and 2020, ASDAC owed K9s $205,084 for start-up and operating costs paid by K9s. As of December 31, 2021 and 2020, K9s owed ASDAC $65,190 for outstanding pledges.

"During 2021 and 2020, K9s made contributions of $75,000 to ASDAC. ... During 2021 and 2020, K9s paid $16,184 and $18,801, respectively, to Business Intelligence, a vendor of the Organization, owned by a relative of the President of K9s."