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Coaching Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector with Helping Paws Foundation

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Featuring Helping Paws Foundation

SVP Partners often say that coaching executive directors is one of the most satisfying aspects of pro bono consulting with nonprofits. It’s a way to take your lived experience and expertise and pour it back into the sector.

Lead Partner Michael Dowlan, along with Partners Richard Bockoff, Patsy Hartman, Wally Klein and Mark Neilson had the opportunity to do just that with the talented, motivated Hannah Jaime of Helping Paws.


Hannah first came to SVP in 2018 seeking support in leading Helping Paws. While the timing wasn’t right for a full SVP engagement, she gained insights into what she could do to help strengthen the organization. In 2022, with increased revenue and name recognition in the community, Hannah returned to request a SVP team. The engagement with Helping Paws entailed a series of coaching sessions in the areas of Finance and Budget Planning, Board Governance, and Strategy to give the executive director the tools she needed to continue to advance the organization. The series of conversations with SVP Partners led Hannah to gain greater confidence in financial reporting and highlighted best practices for board governance. The team also engaged in brainstorming sessions on a strategic vision for the organization’s future.

“The potential for impactful results is boundless when you have such high caliber professionals with various backgrounds working together to further your mission. The Partners are well-respected pillars of our community who roll their sleeves up to help the little guys fighting to make a difference in our community,”- Executive Director Hannah Jaime.

It was a privilege to work alongside a caring, competent nonprofit leader working tirelessly to keep military families united with their pets through low to no cost veterinary care. We cannot wait to see where she goes from here!

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