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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Partners in Exceptional Share the Vision

three stars

81.22

103 Vision Way Bloomfield, CT 06002
tel: (860) 243-5200   Web Site
EIN: 06-6060478

Board Leadership
Kenneth Bernhard
Chairman

CEO
Karen C. Tripp
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.22 three stars
  Financial 73.75 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation's life-changing mission is to provide men and women who are blind with its elite German Shepherd guide dogs - partners in their engaged and vibrant lives - creating increased independence, safety, and mobility for all clients as they pursue their goals and dreams.

Fidelco is inspired every day by our exceptional clients. They climb Mt. Everest, win gold medals as world class athletes, serve America in the military and sacrifice on the battlefield. They educate, create documentary films, work in business and government, raise families, and advocate for those who are visually impaired.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Fidelco is an internationally accredited guide dog organization and respected expert throughout the world. For over five decades, Fidelco has bred the German Shepherd working dog. Since 1981, Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,450 German Shepherd guide dogs across North America.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation's life-changing mission is to provide men and women who are blind with its elite German Shepherd guide dogs - partners in their engaged and vibrant lives - creating increased independence, safety, and mobility for all clients as they pursue their goals and dreams.

Fidelco is inspired every day by our exceptional clients. They climb Mt. Everest, win gold medals as world class athletes, serve America in the military and sacrifice on the battlefield. They educate, create documentary films, work in business and government, raise families, and advocate for those who are visually impaired.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Fidelco is an internationally accredited guide dog organization and respected expert throughout the world. For over five decades, Fidelco has bred the German Shepherd working dog. Since 1981, Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,450 German Shepherd guide dogs across North America.

Financial

two stars

73.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 16.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.16
  Program Expenses Growth -1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 81.22 three stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.56 three stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 89.39 three stars
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 90.49 four stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 90.57 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,746,683
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $13,487
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,760,170
   Program Service Revenue $96,130
Total Primary Revenue $3,856,300
   Other Revenue $390,195
TOTAL REVENUE $4,246,495
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,753,967
   Administrative Expenses $1,520,099
   Fundraising Expenses $908,854
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,182,920
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,936,425
   
Net Assets $19,177,493

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 Guide Dogs $3,753,967 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 81.22 three stars
2018-06 06/04/2019 91.67 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 96.74 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 96.67 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.03 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.21 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/02/2015 94.66 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 87.22 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 88.64 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 86.62 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 84.76 three stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 81.13 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.44 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 73.11 two stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 97.37 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 97.93 four stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 95.34 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 94.96 four stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 82.67 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 84.12 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 06-6060478
Name in IRS Master File FIDELCO GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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 August, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$228,881 3.70% Eliot D. Russman Former President & CEO

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Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
103 Vision Way
Bloomfield, CT 06002
tel: (860) 243-5200
fax: (860) 769-0567
EIN: 06-6060478

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Board Leadership

Kenneth Bernhard
Chairman

CEO

Karen C. Tripp
Chief Executive Officer

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