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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
October 2018

Top-Rated Charity
B+
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
73%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$13
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
6800 Wheeler Canyon Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Other Names

NDSDF
SDF
Search Dog Foundation

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To strengthen disaster response in America by rescuing and recruiting dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2017

Program Percentage: 73%

The percentage of National Disaster Search Dog Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$2,900,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $13

How many dollars National Disaster Search Dog Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$4,100,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation IRS Form 990 77-0412509
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Audited Financial Statements 77-0412509
Entity: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 77-0412509
Entity: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 77-0412509

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
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
 
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 George Haynes Executive Director $139,110
1
Name: George Haynes
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $139,110

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.
According to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation audit of September 30, 2017 (Note 12, Evaluation of Subsequent Events):

"Subsequent to the date of these [audited] financial statements a wild fire destroyed the Search City and related props, a portion of the Industrial Park, as well as other small miscellaneous property at the National Training Center. The damages are estimated to be approximately $2,500,000. The Foundation has insurance that will cover any losses due to wild fires and it is expected that the Foundation's out-of-pocket costs will be limited to its deductible of $10,000. The other buildings and facilities at the National Training Center were unaffected."
According to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation audited Statement of Activities for the year ended September 30, 2017, the Foundation reports receiving in-kind donations on which it placed a value of $2,586,921.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, the Foundation reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V), a transaction in the amount of $1,656,202 involving board member, George Leis, who also is President & COO of Montecito Bank & Trust.

The Foundation describes the transaction as follows:

"The Foundation has a $5,500,000 construction loan with Montecito Bank & Trust for the purpose of completing the construction of the National Training Center. The loan bears interest of 4.50% per annum. The outstanding balance at September 30, 2017 was $1,835,605.

"The Foundation also has a line of credit with Montecito Bank and Trust for the purpose of constructing the National Training Center. The line of credit bears interest of the prime rate plus 2.50% per annum. Both the loan and line of credit are secured by assets of the Foundation."

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