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Canine Companions for Independence

Exceptional dogs for exceptional people

three stars

86.55

2965 Dutton Avenue P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
tel: (800) 572-2275   Web Site
EIN: 94-2494324

Board Leadership
John Miller
Board Chair

CEO
Kay Marquet
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.55 three stars
  Financial 80.99 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Canine Companions trains four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs. After completing training, the dogs are teamed with a graduate during an intensive two week training period (Team Training). 309 assistance dogs were placed in 2015, and the 5,000th assistance dog in the organization's history will be placed in 2016. All graduates receive their assistance dog free of charge.

Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Canine Companions trains four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs. After completing training, the dogs are teamed with a graduate during an intensive two week training period (Team Training). 309 assistance dogs were placed in 2015, and the 5,000th assistance dog in the organization's history will be placed in 2016. All graduates receive their assistance dog free of charge.

Financial

three stars

80.99

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.61
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Canine Companions for Independence on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Canine Companions for Independence on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 86.55 three stars
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 92.92 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 96.67 four stars
Freedom Service Dogs of America (CO) 87.01 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,988,607
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,715,459
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,704,066
   Program Service Revenue $1,232,056
Total Primary Revenue $22,936,122
   Other Revenue $-811,774
TOTAL REVENUE $22,124,348
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,872,910
   Administrative Expenses $1,312,196
   Fundraising Expenses $5,084,097
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,269,203
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $855,145
   
Net Assets $53,584,689

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 $6,787,071 45.6%
Breeding and Puppy Raising $3,111,206 20.9%
Public Information and Local Presence $2,940,247 19.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 02/01/2017 86.55 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.63 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.88 three stars
2014-12 12/01/2015 84.62 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 88.55 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 84.24 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 86.39 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 91.04 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.19 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 84.71 three stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 85.08 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 81.16 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 78.35 two stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 81.60 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 78.47 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 82.86 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 80.99 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 95.85 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 93.25 four 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 94-2494324
Name in IRS Master File CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE
NTEE Code P8X
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, 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 February, 1979
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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
$172,611 0.81% Paul Mundell Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$132,707 0.62% Debra Minett-Dougherty Executive Director
$126,064 0.59% John Hudson Former Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 86.55 three stars
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 91.43 four stars
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 90.59 four stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 96.67 four stars
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers (MA) 91.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Canine Companions for Independence
2965 Dutton Avenue
P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
tel: (800) 572-2275
fax: (707) 577-1712
TTY: (707) 577-1756
EIN: 94-2494324

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Board Leadership

John Miller
Board Chair

CEO

Kay Marquet
Chief Executive Officer

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