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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

CharityWatch report issued
June 2017

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
82%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$9
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787-2976

Other Names

America's VetDogs
Veteran's K-9 Corps, (The)

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To assist the blind and disabled veterans & active military personnel through activities that include: breeding and training of guide & service dogs; training the blind to use these guide dogs; doing everything necessary or desirable to improve the independence of the blind; and educating the public about opportunities for the blind in our society.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2016

Program Percentage: 82%

The percentage of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$12,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$15,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind IRS Form 990 11-1687477
America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps, Inc. IRS Form 990 20-8814368
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind & America's VetDogs Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 11-1687477
Entity: America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps, Inc.
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 20-8814368
Entity: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind & America's VetDogs
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Wells B. Jones CEO $371,367
2 Laura English CFO $175,364
3 Grete Eide Chief Canine Care Officer $136,603
1
Name: Wells B. Jones
Title: CEO
Compensation: $371,367
2
Name: Laura English
Title: CFO
Compensation: $175,364
3
Name: Grete Eide
Title: Chief Canine Care Officer
Compensation: $136,603

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is based on the consolidated audited financial statements of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and its related organization, America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps, Inc. Therefore, the rating includes the financial activities of: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (tax ID# 11-1687477) and America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps (tax ID# 20-8814368). Both organizations are 501(c)(3) public charities.
According to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind & America's VetDogs consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 7, Concentration of Credit Risk):

"Approximately 42% of total bequests and legacies revenue recognized during the year ended June 30, 2016 [which totaled $7,172,312] was attributed to one donor..."
According to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 (IRS Form 990 Schedule J, Part III):

"Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. is a related organization of America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps. The compensation of the CEO and CFO that is reported in...Schedule J of this return represents total compensation for work performed on behalf of both organizations."

"CEO compensation reflects bonus/incentive compensation of $88,837, of which $72,170 is related to bonus/incentive compensation and $16,667 is related to a retention award. This bonus/incentive compensation was paid in calendar year 2015, and related to FY [fiscal year] 2015. CFO compensation reflects bonus/incentive compensation of $25,665 paid in calendar year 2015, and related to FY 2015."

According to the filing, the CEO and CFO received total compensation, including the above described bonus & incentive compensation, of $371,367 and $175,364, respectively, in calendar year 2015 (IRS Form 990 Schedule J, Part II).

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