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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

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

90.57

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 90.57
  Financial 87.28
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

87.28

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.54
  Program Expenses Growth 8.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.6%
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) 90.57
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.03
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 90.49
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 100.00
Canine Partners For Life (PA) 87.90

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,779,804
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,779,804
   Program Service Revenue $515
Total Primary Revenue $1,780,319
   Other Revenue $27,396
TOTAL REVENUE $1,807,715
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,096,344
   Administrative Expenses $124,545
   Fundraising Expenses $217,401
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,438,290
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $369,425
   
Net Assets $2,998,047

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 $1,096,344 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 90.57
2018-12 12/01/2019 87.16
2017-12 02/01/2019 92.92
2016-12 02/01/2018 91.16
2015-12 04/01/2017 91.45
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.12
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$128,174 8.91% Dale Picard Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 90.57
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.03
Guide Dogs of the Desert (CA) 86.55
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 97.28
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 90.49

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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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