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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.

93.98

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

Board Leadership
Hector Torres
Interim Board Chair

CEO
Dale Picard
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.98
  Financial 92.50
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
86.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.73
  Program Expenses Growth 18.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.5%
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) 93.98
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 95.21
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 100.00
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 88.35
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 90.59

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,368,945
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $251,455
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,620,400
   Program Service Revenue $226,043
Total Primary Revenue $1,846,443
   Other Revenue $-60,586
TOTAL REVENUE $1,785,857
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,450,673
   Administrative Expenses $150,907
   Fundraising Expenses $96,653
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,698,233
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $87,624
   
Net Assets $1,069,549

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 $1,450,673 100.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.98
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 96.01
2013-12 07/01/2015 96.13
2012-12 10/01/2014 96.12
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.78
2011-12 04/01/2013 94.91
2010-12 10/01/2012 87.24

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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,450 5.91% Dale Picard Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$100,450 5.91% Lucille Picard Director K-9 Development

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 93.98
Paws With A Cause (MI) 90.59
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 92.92
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.58
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 86.26

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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
Interim Board Chair

CEO

Dale Picard
Executive Director

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