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Paws for Purple Hearts

CharityWatch report issued
January 2024

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Paws for Purple Hearts
10201 Old Redwood Hwy
Penngrove, CA 94951

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To offer therapeutic intervention for veterans & active-duty personnel by teaching those with PTSD to train service dogs for their comrades with combat-related disabilities; built upon the trust & time honored tradition of veterans helping veterans.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 49%

The percentage of Paws for Purple Hearts's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $48

How many dollars Paws for Purple Hearts spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Paws for Purple Hearts' rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
82% $16
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Paws for Purple Hearts Audited Financial Statements 45-3342634
Paws for Purple Hearts IRS Form 990 45-3342634
Entity: Paws for Purple Hearts
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 45-3342634
Entity: Paws for Purple Hearts
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 45-3342634

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.
Paws for Purple Hearts
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Paws for Purple Hearts
meets transparency benchmarks.
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

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

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 Paws for Purple Hearts audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 2, Related Party Transactions):

"The founder, who is also a member of the board of directors of the Organization, is a member of the board of directors of Bergin University of Canine Studies (BUCS). The Organization has a contract with BUCS located in Penngrove, California, as discussed further in Note 9 [cited below]. As a result of the contract, the Organization paid $709,831 to BUCS during the year ended December 31, 2022..."

According to the Paws for Purple Hearts audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 9, Agreements):

"The Organization has an agreement with BUCS to provide dogs that are suitable for candidates for training by veterans suffering from psychological scars, curriculum and updates for teaching veterans about training services and assistance dogs and oversight of the program, consulting regarding dogs being trained by the Organization, and services and expenses. The Organization has agreed to identify veterans eligible for dogs, work with veterans under the Organization's supervision, obtain dogs exclusively from BUCS, provide for the health and maintenance of the dogs, to extent possible, and all instructors of the Organization shall be BUCS graduates. In addition, the Organization will return the dogs to BUCS when suitable for placement. The agreement requires the Organization to reimburse BUCS for the cost of services and expenses, and an annual licensing fee. Effective January 1, 2022 the calculation of the licensing fee changed to 12% of the Organization's revenue from $250,000 to $500,000, 21% of revenue from $500,001 to $750,000, 30% of revenue from $750,001 to $1,000,000 and 36% of revenue from $1,000,001 to $10,000,000. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Organization recorded $1,973,468 for licensing and administrative fees which is included in program services on the accompanying statement of activities. As of December 31, 2022, the Organization owes $1,238,014 to BUCS related to the above agreement..."