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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Share the vision

four stars

94.03

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

Board Leadership
Karen C. Tripp
Chairman

CEO
Eliot D. Russman
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.03 four stars
  Financial 95.30 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

95.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 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)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.54
  Program Expenses Growth 7.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.8%
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) 94.03 four stars
Freedom Service Dogs of America (CO) 86.27 three stars
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 91.60 four stars
Paws With A Cause (MI) 90.59 four stars
Dogs for the Deaf (OR) 93.78 four stars

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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation works to breed and train high quality German shepherds for use in guiding the blind, for police work, and placement of these dogs with their blind partners. Since its beginning in 1960, this organization has reached out and touched thousands of clients' and family members' lives. Today, Fidelco is an internationally-recognized leader in the guide dog industry. The Fidelco German shepherd was created from Bavarian stock. It is an outstanding and exclusive product of selective breeding from strong working lines and has evolved to be truly a breed within a breed. Our dogs possess the characteristics of the ideal working guide: intelligence, temperament, stamina and stability.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,648,749
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $92,342
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,741,091
   Program Service Revenue $101,972
Total Primary Revenue $4,843,063
   Other Revenue $937,774
TOTAL REVENUE $5,780,837
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,012,461
   Administrative Expenses $625,336
   Fundraising Expenses $414,352
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,052,149
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $728,688
   
Net Assets $23,507,741

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 $4,012,461 100.0%

Ratings History
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2002-12 10/01/2003 79.79 two stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 68.35 one star
2000-12 04/15/2002 78.14 two 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 December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • 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
$239,271 4.73% Eliot Russman CEO & Executive Director

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation works to breed and train high quality German shepherds for use in guiding the blind, for police work, and placement of these dogs with their blind partners. Since its beginning in 1960, this organization has reached out and touched thousands of clients' and family members' lives. Today, Fidelco is an internationally-recognized leader in the guide dog industry. The Fidelco German shepherd was created from Bavarian stock. It is an outstanding and exclusive product of selective breeding from strong working lines and has evolved to be truly a breed within a breed. Our dogs possess the characteristics of the ideal working guide: intelligence, temperament, stamina and stability.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 94.03 four stars
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 92.92 four stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 97.34 four stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.58 three stars
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 88.35 three 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

Karen C. Tripp
Chairman

CEO

Eliot D. Russman
President & CEO

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