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Guide Dogs for the Blind

Using our power of partnering to improve quality of life

four stars

93.87

350 Los Ranchitos Road San Rafael, CA 94903
tel: (800) 295-4050   Web Site
EIN: 94-1196195

Board Leadership
Joan Boyd
Board Chair

CEO
Christine Benninger
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.87 four stars
  Financial 91.88 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. As the largest school serving the United States and Canada, we are able to provide highly personalized training, free of charge. The team spends up to 14 days learning to work together in a variety of real-life situations. The students learn to work their dogs in stores, restaurants and malls, and on all forms of public transportation. The class training is conducted by our licensed Guide Dog mobility instructors.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. As the largest school serving the United States and Canada, we are able to provide highly personalized training, free of charge. The team spends up to 14 days learning to work together in a variety of real-life situations. The students learn to work their dogs in stores, restaurants and malls, and on all forms of public transportation. The class training is conducted by our licensed Guide Dog mobility instructors.

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2016
Number of clients served
2,100
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Financial

four stars

91.88

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 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)
80.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.14
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dogs for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dogs for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 93.87 four stars
NEADS World Class Service Dogs (MA) 94.27 four stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 95.32 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 94.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,345,438
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $333,582
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $27,679,020
   Program Service Revenue $75,150
Total Primary Revenue $27,754,170
   Other Revenue $21,634,818
TOTAL REVENUE $49,388,988
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $32,084,917
   Administrative Expenses $3,346,609
   Fundraising Expenses $5,013,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $40,445,275
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,943,713
   
Net Assets $390,840,515

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
Student Selection through Graduation $20,637,945 64.1%
Breeding through Puppy Raising $7,032,048 21.8%
Post-Graduation Program $3,851,689 12.0%
Public Awareness $665,789 2.1%

Ratings History
Guide Dogs for the Blind has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 06/01/2018 93.87 four stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 92.64 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 91.60 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 88.41 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 88.26 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 93.43 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 92.05 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 85.73 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 83.02 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.29 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 75.28 two stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 84.76 three stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 81.40 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 90.28 four stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 87.71 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 89.13 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 85.90 three stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 84.43 three stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 92.59 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 93.41 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 94-1196195
Name in IRS Master File GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND 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 (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(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 June, 1955
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$275,522 0.68% Christine Benninger President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 93.87 four stars
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 94.02 four stars
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 96.25 four stars
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers (MA) 87.66 three stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 91.16 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Guide Dogs for the Blind
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
tel: (800) 295-4050
fax: (415) 499-4035
EIN: 94-1196195

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915

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Board Leadership

Joan Boyd
Board Chair

CEO

Christine Benninger
President and CEO

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