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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs.

four stars

91.16

P.O. Box 831 Torrington, CT 06790
tel: (860) 489-6550   Web Site
EIN: 06-1436718

Board Leadership
Hector Torres
Board Chair

CEO
Dale Picard
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.16 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

East Coast Assistance Dogs D/B/A ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities was founded by Lu and Dale Picard. When Lu's father suffered a stroke, she saw how much he hated being dependent on her. She taught their family pet to help him rise from a chair and retrieve some items, and noticed that her dad actually became more active and less depressed than when all his help came from a human. Lu saw first hand how Service Dogs could change people's lives, and in 1995 quit her full-time job to start ECAD. ECAD has grown to have training facilities in Connecticut and New York, and have placed Assistance Dogs in over a dozen states.

East Coast Assistance Dogs D/B/A ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities was founded by Lu and Dale Picard. When Lu's father suffered a stroke, she saw how much he hated being dependent on her. She taught their family pet to help him rise from a chair and retrieve some items, and noticed that her dad actually became more active and less depressed than when all his help came from a human. Lu saw first hand how Service Dogs could change people's lives, and in 1995 quit her full-time job to start ECAD. ECAD has grown to have training facilities in Connecticut and New York, and have placed Assistance Dogs in over a dozen states.

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Financial

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
86.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth -12.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 91.16 four stars
The Gentle Barn (CA) 87.89 three stars
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 100.00 four stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 96.74 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,450,234
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,450,234
   Program Service Revenue $55,957
Total Primary Revenue $1,506,191
   Other Revenue $35,076
TOTAL REVENUE $1,541,267
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $852,600
   Administrative Expenses $75,807
   Fundraising Expenses $37,412
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $965,819
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $575,448
   
Net Assets $1,399,998

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
Training Programs ECADemy $852,600 100.0%

Ratings History
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 91.16 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 91.45 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.12 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.98 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 96.01 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 96.13 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2014 96.12 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.78 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 94.91 four stars
2010-12 10/01/2012 87.24 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 06-1436718
Name in IRS Master File EAST COAST ASSISTANCE DOGS INC
NTEE Code B28
NTEE Classification Specialized Education Institutions
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(31) Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • 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
$108,286 11.21% Dale Picard Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 91.16 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 95.32 four stars
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 88.11 three stars
Paws With A Cause (MI) 94.05 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
P.O. Box 831
Torrington, CT 06790
tel: (860) 489-6550
fax: (860) 482-2692
EIN: 06-1436718

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Board Leadership

Hector Torres
Board Chair

CEO

Dale Picard
Executive Director

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