Your donation attempt encountered a problem. Please refresh the page to try again.
You're faster than our page! Give the page a little longer to finish loading and try your donation again.
This charity's score is 75%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.
We recognize that not all metrics and beacons equally predict a charity’s success. The percentage each beacon contributes to the organization’s overall rating depends on the number of beacons an organization has earned.
Use the tool below to select different beacons to see how the weighting shifts when only one, two, or three beacons are earned.
Rating histories are available for a growing number of rated organizations. Check back later to see if this organization has a rating history!
The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Nittany Greyhounds is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.
Nittany Greyhounds has earned a 70% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.
This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2020, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us.Learn more
Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).
The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.
Source: IRS Form 990
An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:
|Total Revenue Amount||Expectation to Receive Credit|
|$1 million or higher||Expected to complete an audit|
|$500,000 - $1 million||Expected to complete an audit, review, or compilation|
|Less than $500,000||No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)|
Source: IRS Form 990
Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.
This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.
Source: IRS Form 990
Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.
An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.
Source: IRS Form 990
Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.
This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.
Source: IRS Form 990
Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.
This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.
Source: IRS Form 990
Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.
Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.
Source: IRS Form 990
The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.
|Liabilities to Assets Ratio||Amount of Credit Received|
|Less than 50%||Full Credit|
|50% - 59.9%||Partial Credit|
|60% or more||No Credit|
Source: IRS Form 990
The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.
|Program Expense Percentage||Amount of Credit Received|
|70% or higher||Full Credit|
|60% - 69.9%||Partial Credit|
|50% - 59.9%||Zero Points for Program Expense Score|
|Below 50%||Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores|
Source: IRS Form 990
No Data Available
Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.
No Data Available
Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.
Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website
Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)
Prevention of cruelty to animals (BMF activity code: 913)
Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)
Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)
The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to search for this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available). Simply enter the organization's name (Nittany Greyhounds) or EIN (232881593) in the 'Search Term' field.
Not Currently Scored
Nittany Greyhounds cannot currently be evaluated by our Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.
Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.
No 990 Program Data Found
Nittany Greyhounds has earned a 90% for the Culture & Community beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves.Learn more
30% of beacon score
This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.
Who are the people you serve with your mission? Describe briefly.
Adopters; Prospective Adopters; Event Guests; Donors; Supporters; Community Partners; Volunteers; Kennel Boarding Customers; Interested Members of the Public
How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?
Suggestion box/email, Other means
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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?
Our staff, Our board
How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship with them or shifted power - over decisions, resources, rules or in other ways - to them?
Asking for feedback from people we serve has changed our relationships with many, and shifted power by giving them a voice in decisions. We polled our Greyhounds in Gettysburg (GiG) attendees to chose the 2020 event date and they chose September instead of our usual April as a safer time. After some GiG vendors asked for help with transporting wares, setting up and tearing down booths, we created a team of volunteers, the Vendor Tenders, to help them. We tested a grab and go breakfast option for GiG vendors, who loved it and asked us to keep doing it. Years ago, a donor noticed we didn't write handwritten thank yous to donors so she volunteered. Another woman recognized a need and now designs and sews warm coats for each adopted greyhound. Feedback inspires people to get involved.
What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.
(1) Changed our adoption policy to reflect issues seen with adoptions. (2) Changed an event in response to a suggestion made by a guest.
70% of beacon score
This organization's score of 85 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 5 Equity Practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective equity policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.
Equity Practices (1/7)
We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and/or portfolios.
We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization/'s programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured
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.
Equity Policies and Procedures (4/7)
We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Nittany Greyhounds has earned a 100% for the Leadership & Adaptability beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.Learn more
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization's mission
Nittany Greyhounds is a greyhound adoption organization. Our mission is two-fold: To place retired racing greyhounds into permanent residential homes, and to promote better relationships between people and their dogs (of any breed) through educational programs and community events.
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.
Every greyhound "retired" from racing, either domestic or international, will be cared for, rehabilitated (if injured), assessed, then successfully placed in a forever home.
Source: Nonprofit submitted responses
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.
Goal One: Place all retired racing greyhounds into loving forever homes.
Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.
Goal Two: Raise awareness about adopting retired racing greyhounds, and educate adopters and the public about greyhounds: their situation, their needs, and their requirements for homes.
Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.
Goal Three: Raise funding to continue our mission of placing retired racing greyhounds into forever homes, including funding for care, transportation, spaying, neutering, and veterinary treatment as needed.
Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).
The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development
We invest in leadership development by identifying who has leadership potential. Then we mentor them through positions of increasing responsibility within Nittany Greyhounds: volunteering, joining committees, becoming a board member, then an officer. For example, one of our volunteers started out as a participant in our Meet and Greet events, then became a foster home for our adoptable greyhounds. She worked with our behaviorist and board members to learn to address and correct behavior issues so foster dogs could become wonderful pets. She volunteered to help with different jobs at Greyhounds in Gettysburg, learned more, and was invited to join committees with added responsibility. Then she was invited to become a board member, and served well in that role. This month, she was elected Treasurer for Nittany Greyhounds, and she is being mentored for the specific requirements of that position to ensure her contining success. She is contributing ideas for her new role, too.
The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.
Networks of Collective Impact Efforts
We partner with racetracks, trainers, veterinarians and the Irish Greyhound Trust to obtain greyhounds and address any medical needs. We are a member organization for the International Greyhound Movement to bring adoptable Irish greyhounds to the USA. As coordinator of Greyhounds in Gettysburg (GiG), we partner with and have built a network with other dog adoption nonprofits, vendors, veterinarians, and the other experts attending, including speakers we invite to present at GiG to share the latest research and best practices. We've built a network with them and with other groups and experts to promote and increase greyhound adoptions. We've spoken to classes, attend campus "de-stress" events with our greyhounds, and provide volunteer opportunities at the kennel for adults and a dozen university student groups. We educate and raise awareness about greyhounds through GiG, community and college events, our Meet and Greets, our website and social media, and by answering public inquiries.
The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.
Our primary supply of adoptable retired racing greyhounds ended with the 12/2020 closure of the Florida tracks. We recognized the pressing need for facilitating medical treatments and adoptions of injured racing greyhounds, and for adoptions of surplus Irish greyhounds. We deepened our relationship with a West Virginia track to obtain injured racers for our new Injured Dogs Program, and worked with the Irish Greyhound Trust to become an International Greyhound Movement partner so we could receive adoptable Irish dogs. We now recieve 1-2 shipments of Irish greyhounds per month, and injured American greyhounds as the need arises. To support the increased transportation and medical expenses of these new programs, we are expanding our fundraising, education, community-building, and outreach, including a more active social media program. Due to the pandemic, we had to temporarily halt our Meet and Greet community outreach events at local pet stores, and our participation in other community events until 2022. After cancelling the April 2020 Greyhounds in Gettysburg event (which we coordinate) due to Covid, we polled our community of attendees and vendors about when to hold it in 2021. They voted to postpone it until September 2021, and we had a well-attended and safe event. We had to reduce and then halt most in-person volunteer activities at our kennel temporarily due to Covid-19, and will resume when it's safer to do so. We've continued with adoptions of greyhounds since we can do this outdoors at our kennel. We've increased our publicity and outreach on social media, and have had record numbers of greyhound adoptions in 2020 and 2021. We continue to educate the public, our adopters and potential adopters to keep building awareness about greyhounds and help ensure successful adoptions into forever homes. During the pandemic, some of our funding sources decreased so we are actively developing additional funding sources for our programs.