What is Dogs for Better Lives?
Dogs for Better Lives (DBL) is a national nonprofit organization, based in Central Point, Oregon, whose mission is focused on the procurement, training, and placing of Hearing Assistance Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, and Facility Dogs.
Accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and recognized by Charity Navigator as a 4-star nonprofit, DBL has been acquiring and rescuing dogs, bettering lives, and providing Assistance Dogs since 1977.
Since its founding, DBL has grown from placing Hearing Assistance Dogs to also include Facility Dogs, and more recently, Autism Assistance Dogs. DBL has nationally placed more than 1,500 dogs since its inception by its late founder, Roy Kabot.
What is a Regional Advisory Board?
As DBL continues to grow and embark on their journey to better the lives of those with disabilities, pairing them with an amazing Assistance Dog, they are also working on cultivating the next generation of leaders across the country, currently targeting the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Southwest regions to become involved in carrying out their mission and vision.
DBL’s Regional Advisory Boards (RAB), formerly Young Professionals Boards, are comprised of like-minded individuals who share a similar passion for dogs and giving back to people with disabilities in their communities. Members are engaged in advocating for and marketing the mission of DBL, participating in outreach events, as well as planning and fundraising through a variety of initiatives.
Am I A Good Fit For The Regional Advisory Board?
It is essential that each of the Regional Advisory Boards encompass a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and skillsets. We’re currently looking for members who share a passion for DBL’s mission, love dogs and how they better others’ lives, and want to collaboratively participate in something much bigger than themselves.
Where Are the Regional Advisory Boards Located?
Currently, Regional Advisory Boards are successfully engaged in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and in California, all regions where Dogs for Better Lives has a prominent footprint with clients, donors, and volunteers. In building on DBL’s long-term vision and working to support current initiatives, we are currently working to launch RABs in both Texas and Florida.
DBL to launch signature event with Regional Advisory Boards
With the support and guidance of the Regional Advisory Boards, they will annually host signature events around National Service Dog Month in September, while engaging volunteers, clients, donors, and community partners.
Regional Advisory Board – PNW launched in Fall 2019, Regional Advisory Board – NE launched in January 2022, and Regional Advisory Board – CA launched in August 2022. Eventually, DBL will have Regional Advisory Boards in strategic locations across the country, working to support each of the nonprofit’s planned regional footprints.
When committing to Dogs for Better Lives’ Regional Advisory Board (RAB), the term will last for one year (12 months), from the date that the RAB approves the new member. As long as the member fulfills all of the commitments throughout the year, members will be welcome to apply for an unlimited number of terms.
Each Regional Advisory Board (RAB) will have a variety of leadership roles that will be voted on annually by its respective members in state/region. These positions currently consist of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
1) Meetings; Each RAB chapter will meet monthly with an internal meeting with its respective members, at a time that works for the entire group. Quarterly, RAB chapters will meet with DBL leadership via Microsoft Teams to provide updates, participate in continuing education opportunities, provide strategic planning discussion on upcoming events, and engage their respective Board Mentor from DBL’s national board.
2) Fundraising; When committing to Dogs for Better Lives’ Regional Advisory Board, a member is committing to a minimum fundraising goal of $1,000, through their direct support, engaging others to support the nonprofit, and/or through in-kind. This can also be done through the support of the four following (annual) initiatives:
- National Service Dog Month (Sept)
- Puppy Love (Feb)
- Bone AppeTREAT (May)
- Regional RAB Signature Event – TBD
3) Marketing; All members of the Regional Advisory Board are expected to assist Dogs for Better Lives in spreading the word about their brand and mission, whether that be through word of mouth, sharing social media posts, and/or introducing new members to our community.
4) Benefits; By being involved in DBL’s Regional Advisory Board (RAB), there are number of benefits you will receive for your participation:
- Being a part of something that is larger than yourself. As a member of the RAB, you will have a DIRECT impact on Dogs for Better Lives’ ability to provide our services to people in key regions across the country that could benefit and qualify for an Assistance Dog.
- As a member of the RAB, you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals that sit alongside you on the RAB, as well as having access to the network of Dogs for Better Lives, which includes being introduced to the Board of Directors and key staff. Please note, the RAB Chair and Vice Chair will have the opportunity to attend one (1) Board of Directors meeting to report on the status of the RAB.
- Acknowledgement on Dogs for Better Lives’ social media channels.
- Recognized in Canine Listener magazine, DBL website, and in annual report.
How To Apply
Those interested in applying for DBL’s Regional Advisory Board should click on the APPLY button below. In the application itself, please be sure to indicate which region you are interested in applying to.