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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Expanding horizons for the blind and visually impaired

three stars

85.36

611 Granite Springs Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
tel: (800) 942-0149   Web Site
EIN: 13-1854606

Board Leadership
Wendy Aglietti
Chairman

CEO
Thomas A. Panek
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.36 three stars
  Financial 79.52 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

two stars

79.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
76.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.59
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guiding Eyes for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guiding Eyes for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 86.55 three stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 89.02 three stars
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 100.00 four stars
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 93.78 four stars

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge. Besides having an outstanding staff of instructors and an internationally admired corps of guide dogs, Guiding Eyes prides itself on small class size (average 12 students per class) allowing for plenty of individual attention, and a casual, friendly, home-like atmosphere throughout the school.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,927,733
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $277,755
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $27,205,488
   Program Service Revenue $546,300
Total Primary Revenue $27,751,788
   Other Revenue $-706,114
TOTAL REVENUE $27,045,674
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $20,521,102
   Administrative Expenses $1,783,661
   Fundraising Expenses $4,088,636
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,393,399
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $652,275
   
Net Assets $74,714,235

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 Instruction and Dog Training $8,703,006 42.4%
Veterinary Hospital $5,750,107 28.0%
Enrichment and Education $2,633,794 12.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-09 11/01/2017 85.36 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 84.94 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 85.00 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 82.56 three stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 81.71 three stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 81.37 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 81.88 three stars
2011-09 08/08/2012 82.20 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 84.57 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 06/01/2011 81.89 three stars
2009-09 11/01/2010 82.07 three stars
2008-09 12/01/2009 88.66 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 90.17 four stars
2006-09 06/01/2007 89.92 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 89.82 three stars
2004-09 06/01/2005 85.25 three stars
2003-09 07/01/2004 81.69 three stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 76.36 two stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 73.20 two stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 85.22 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 13-1854606
Name in IRS Master File GUIDING EYES 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 (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 July, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 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
$315,079 1.19% Thomas Panek President, CEO

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge. Besides having an outstanding staff of instructors and an internationally admired corps of guide dogs, Guiding Eyes prides itself on small class size (average 12 students per class) allowing for plenty of individual attention, and a casual, friendly, home-like atmosphere throughout the school.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.36 three stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 91.45 four stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 87.00 three stars
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 100.00 four stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 96.64 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
tel: (800) 942-0149
fax: (914) 245-1609
EIN: 13-1854606

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Board Leadership

Wendy Aglietti
Chairman

CEO

Thomas A. Panek
President & CEO

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