EIN 45-3282513

Retrieving Freedom

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To improve quality of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens and handicapped children through the placement of skilled trained service, therapy and companion dogs. To improve qualify of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens and handicappe...
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Program areas at Retrieving Freedom

Retrieving Freedom's goal is to promote awareness through public education to its colunteers, donors, recipients and their families. By showcasing the talents our service dogs have, we are able to provide a new sense of independence to our recipients as well as their families and/or partner's lives that they may not have had in the past. Retrieving Freedom changes lives every day with their volunteer and college impact programs that assist in the training and raising of the service dogs while in training. In 2019, rfi was able to place 11 dogs to families who have a child with autism, and placed 14 dogs with veterans suffering from ptsd, physical or mobility challenges.
We partner with the undergraduate animal science department at Iowa state university, where students get hands on learning in areas such as canine communication, development, training and behavior revolving around the service dog industry and how these areas can assist individuals with disabilities. These lessons are facilitated through introductory training of dogs for future service work. This class provides additional career opportunities for individuals focusing within the canine industry." We partner with two major correctional facilities in the united states allowing a pre-screened population of incarcerated individuals, a majority of them being incarcerated veterans, the opportunity to foster and provide basic training to dogs for future service work under the direct tutelage of our professional staff. These programs acclimate service dogs in training to the structured life of future service work while providing a work discipline for individuals once they reenter society. These programs are dependent on a collaborative effort from the selected group and build healthy relationships within the facility while providing a therapeutic benefit to the facilities as a whole.
College level courses are being taught with 10-14 service dogs each semester in combination with the leadership and social work divisions on wartburg's college campus in waverly, ia. Students are matched with dogs in training and sometimes recipients to help with basic training and social integration. The courses are designed to allow the students a hands-on learning approach towards their future degree.

Who funds Retrieving Freedom

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Hayden Freedom FoundationSupport$289,255
Network for GoodUnrestricted$28,787
American Online Giving FoundationGeneral Support$22,331
...and 5 more grants received

Personnel at Retrieving Freedom

Heather DawsonChief Financial Officer
Kyle Cory-YaeggiDirector of Operations
Trent DirksResource Development Director
Dr. Mariana SeraoDirector of Canine Science and Technology
Sara ShadidProgram Manager
...and 6 more key personnel

Financials for Retrieving Freedom

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,731,648
Program services$89,058
Investment income and dividends$7,524
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-189,494
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$1,638,736

Form 990s for Retrieving Freedom

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-04-01990View PDF
2018-122020-06-08990View PDF
2017-122019-03-15990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122016-12-30990View PDF
...and 4 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $289,255 from Hayden Freedom Foundation
November 9, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 17, 2021
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $22,331 from American Online Giving Foundation
May 2, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsAnimal organizationsCharities
AnimalsWildlifeDiseases and disorders
Fundraising eventsReceives government fundingTax deductible donations
General information
20360 Tangle Nook Rd
Sedalia, MO 65301
Metro area
Columbia, MO
Pettis County, MO
Website URL
(662) 209-2927
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D60: Other Services-Specialty Animals
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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