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Canine Companions for Independence

Exceptional dogs for exceptional people

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three stars

88.43

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

Board Leadership
John McKinney
Board Chair

CEO
Paige Mazzoni
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.43 three stars
  Financial 83.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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). For the fourth consecutive year, Canine Companions placed over 300 assistance dogs, and in November 2018, the 6,000th assistance dog in the organization's history was placed. All assistance dogs and follow-up services are provided free of charge to recipients. In 2018, the organization implemented a program to serve veterans with PTSD. In the spring of 2019, ground was broken on a new North Central campus that will be located in New Albany, Ohio.

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). For the fourth consecutive year, Canine Companions placed over 300 assistance dogs, and in November 2018, the 6,000th assistance dog in the organization's history was placed. All assistance dogs and follow-up services are provided free of charge to recipients. In 2018, the organization implemented a program to serve veterans with PTSD. In the spring of 2019, ground was broken on a new North Central campus that will be located in New Albany, Ohio.

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Financial

three stars

83.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
71.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.75
  Program Expenses Growth 11.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
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) 88.43 three stars
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 92.51 four stars
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 89.63 three stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 96.79 four stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 96.19 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,255,721
   Federated Campaigns $38,236
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,126,997
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $84,999
Total Contributions $26,505,953
   Program Service Revenue $2,534,306
Total Primary Revenue $29,040,259
   Other Revenue $2,095,158
TOTAL REVENUE $31,135,417
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $19,005,419
   Administrative Expenses $1,660,152
   Fundraising Expenses $5,520,117
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,185,688
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,949,729
   
Net Assets $68,132,050

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 $8,842,602 46.5%
Breeding and Puppy Raising $4,402,626 23.2%
Public Information and Local Presence $3,480,983 18.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 88.43 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 88.11 three stars
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

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$18,462 0.07% Kathryn M Marquet Interim CEO (started 11/13/17)
Other Salaries of Note
$227,593 0.86% Paul E Mundell CEO (thru 11/10/17)

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 88.43 three stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.82 three stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 89.39 three stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 91.67 four stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 92.92 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 McKinney
Board Chair

CEO

Paige Mazzoni
Chief Executive Officer

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