Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Using our power of partnering to improve quality of life

four stars

90.99

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 90.99 four stars
  Financial 87.63 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of clients served
2,121
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.63

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
79.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.87
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $33,484,266
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $382,533
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $33,866,799
   Program Service Revenue $49,763
Total Primary Revenue $33,916,562
   Other Revenue $16,830,779
TOTAL REVENUE $50,747,341
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $34,248,850
   Administrative Expenses $3,579,563
   Fundraising Expenses $5,206,802
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $43,035,215
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,712,126
   
Net Assets $408,781,839

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$312,249 0.72% Christine Benninger President, CEO

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 90.99 four stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 87.16 three stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 96.79 four stars
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 96.19 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