Operation Delta Dog

Web: www.operationdeltadog.org
Class: 2013 Winter Accelerator

Company Description

Operation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue shelter dogs and train them to work as service dogs for U.S. military veterans who suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The dogs get the homes they need, and the veterans get the help they deserve!

Updates

February 22, 2013

Great news to report… Just in time for the finale of the Accelerator, Operation Canine’s federal nonprofit incorporation application (otherwise known as the formidable Form 1023) is officially in the mail! Now it’s all up to the IRS. If—or should I say, when—the application is approved, OC will be a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit. Please keep your fingers crossed for speedy approval!

I also just got a look at the website designs, and they are wonderful. Very clean with a peaceful vibe… The designer recommended light blue and yellow for a color scheme, and I’m so glad she did. Now I just have to figure out how to get it up and running on WordPress. I guess that will be my first post-Accelerator, solo challenge. Daunting.

On another topic, I just started reading a book called “Developing the Leader Within You” by John C. Maxwell. I’m not very far along, but the book so far has really great insights. I wanted to share a few quotes I found particularly valuable:

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Leadership begins with the heart, not the head.”

“A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is a failure.”

“Loyalty to the leader reaches its highest peak when the follower has personally grown through the mentorship of the leader.”

All of these things have made me rethink my approach to managing volunteers. Before, I was planning to ask, “What can you do for us?” Now, I will also ask, “What can we do for you?” I have to learn how to make it a mutually beneficial relationship, not a one-way street.