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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

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81.43

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 81.43
  Financial 73.75
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation partners people who are blind with expertly bred and trained German Shepherd guide dogs, providing all clients with increased independence to improve their lives and the world around them. Fidelco guide dogs become partners in clients' engaged and vibrant lives -- providing increased independence for people as they pursue their goals and dreams.

All Fidelco guide dogs are provided at no cost to adults who are legally blind. Fidelco guide dog recipients include advocates for people with disabilities, veterans, students, teachers, athletes, busy parents and active retirees.

Fidelco is accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation and is a founding member of the U.S. Council of Dog Guide Schools. For over six decades, Fidelco has bred the German Shepherd Dog. Since 1981, Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,550 German Shepherd guide dogs across North America.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation partners people who are blind with expertly bred and trained German Shepherd guide dogs, providing all clients with increased independence to improve their lives and the world around them. Fidelco guide dogs become partners in clients' engaged and vibrant lives -- providing increased independence for people as they pursue their goals and dreams.

All Fidelco guide dogs are provided at no cost to adults who are legally blind. Fidelco guide dog recipients include advocates for people with disabilities, veterans, students, teachers, athletes, busy parents and active retirees.

Fidelco is accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation and is a founding member of the U.S. Council of Dog Guide Schools. For over six decades, Fidelco has bred the German Shepherd Dog. Since 1981, Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,550 German Shepherd guide dogs across North America.

Financial

73.75

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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) 81.43
NEADS Inc. (MA) 98.18
Paws With A Cause (MI) 93.33
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 90.58
BraveHearts (IL) 92.15

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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 07/01/2021 81.43
2019-06 02/01/2021 81.22
2018-06 06/04/2019 91.67
2017-06 05/01/2018 96.74
2015-12 06/01/2017 96.67
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.03
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.21
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/02/2015 94.66
2013-12 06/01/2015 87.22
2012-12 04/01/2014 88.64
2012-12 02/01/2014 86.62
2011-12 06/01/2013 84.76
2010-12 12/23/2011 81.13
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.44
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 73.11
2008-12 02/01/2010 97.37
2007-12 11/01/2008 97.93
2006-12 09/01/2007 95.34
2005-12 10/01/2006 94.96
2004-12 10/01/2005 82.67

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • 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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 81.43
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Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 100.00
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 93.14
Freedom Service Dogs of America (CO) 93.00

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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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