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Human Services : Social Services

4 Paws for Ability

Providing service dogs to children and veterans worldwide

four stars

93.91

207 Dayton Avenue Xenia, OH 45385
tel: (937) 374-0385   Web Site
EIN: 31-1625484

Board Leadership
Amy Wilcox
Chair

CEO
Karen Shirk
Executive Director, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.91 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of 4 Paws for Ability is to: enrich the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by the training and placement of service dogs to provide them with companionship and promote independent living; educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places. Funding of a 4 Paws' service dog is partially the responsibility of the children's family. Veterans are free. Applicants typically use fund-raising activities or pay a fee for service to gather these funds, and 4 Paws assists the applicant as necessary. 4 Paws has no eligibility requirements beyond a physician statement that the person requesting a service dog has a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The mission of 4 Paws for Ability is to: enrich the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by the training and placement of service dogs to provide them with companionship and promote independent living; educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places. Funding of a 4 Paws' service dog is partially the responsibility of the children's family. Veterans are free. Applicants typically use fund-raising activities or pay a fee for service to gather these funds, and 4 Paws assists the applicant as necessary. 4 Paws has no eligibility requirements beyond a physician statement that the person requesting a service dog has a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
87.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.41
  Program Expenses Growth 22.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 34.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by 4 Paws for Ability on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by 4 Paws for Ability on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
4 Paws for Ability (OH) 93.91 four stars
Saddle Up! (TN) 87.81 three stars
Pine Tree Society (ME) 98.18 four stars
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project (CA) 87.55 three stars
All About Developmental Disabilities (GA) 86.76 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,715,266
   Federated Campaigns $108,963
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $25,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,849,229
   Program Service Revenue $1,903,030
Total Primary Revenue $4,752,259
   Other Revenue $24,139
TOTAL REVENUE $4,776,398
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,355,100
   Administrative Expenses $290,285
   Fundraising Expenses $135,859
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,781,244
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $995,154
   
Net Assets $4,495,265

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Train Service Dogs $3,355,100 100.0%

Ratings History
4 Paws for Ability has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 93.91 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 94.69 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.69 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.92 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 98.96 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 98.83 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 91.61 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 89.92 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 86.32 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.91 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 84.82 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 31-1625484
Name in IRS Master File 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY INC
NTEE Code P80
NTEE Classification Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$113,941 3.01% Karen Shirk Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$125,008 3.30% Jeremy Dulebohn Training Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
4 Paws for Ability (OH) 93.91 four stars
Holy Childhood (NY) 94.24 four stars
Easter Seals Capper Foundation (KS) 92.92 four stars
The Center for Individuals With Physical Challenges (OK) 86.57 three stars
Goodwill Industries of South Florida (FL) 89.86 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

4 Paws for Ability
207 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385
tel: (937) 374-0385
EIN: 31-1625484

Mail donations to:
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385

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Board Leadership

Amy Wilcox
Chair

CEO

Karen Shirk
Executive Director, Founder

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