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The Seeing Eye

Independence and dignity since 1929

three stars

85.90

1 Seeing Eye Way Morristown, NJ 07960
tel: (973) 539-4425   Web Site
EIN: 22-1539721

Board Leadership
Thomas J. Duffy
Chairman of the Board

CEO
James A. Kutsch
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.90 three stars
  Financial 80.07 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered with people who are blind who seek to enhance their independence, dignity, and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs. About 14,000 of these specially bred and trained dogs have brought a new level of mobility, safety, and self-sufficiency to almost 8,000 men and women. Our students - people who are blind or visually impaired - come from all over the United States and Canada to spend up to a month training with a new Seeing Eye dog.

Since 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered with people who are blind who seek to enhance their independence, dignity, and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs. About 14,000 of these specially bred and trained dogs have brought a new level of mobility, safety, and self-sufficiency to almost 8,000 men and women. Our students - people who are blind or visually impaired - come from all over the United States and Canada to spend up to a month training with a new Seeing Eye dog.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Average number of years of formal education for teachers/instructors
7
This impact information is current as of March 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

80.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
81.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.80
  Program Expenses Growth 1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Seeing Eye on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Seeing Eye on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Continual improvements to our facilities result from feedback from graduating students For example, we recently added Amazon Echo ("Alexa") units to all student dorm rooms and common areas We also are constantly prototyping and testing new harnesses, collars, leashes, and other equipment based on student feedback We have revised our dog training techniques based on graduate input about what works in the field We gather canine health data from veterinarians, graduates, puppy raisers, and others which we keep in a database accessible to staff
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.90 three stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 91.67 four stars
Canine Partners For Life (PA) 87.90 three stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 87.16 three stars
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,545,720
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $128,374
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,674,094
   Program Service Revenue $94,965
Total Primary Revenue $21,769,059
   Other Revenue $13,940,812
TOTAL REVENUE $35,709,871
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $21,854,631
   Administrative Expenses $1,645,923
   Fundraising Expenses $3,365,821
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,866,375
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,843,496
   
Net Assets $301,478,048

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
Canine Health and Development $11,552,845 52.9%
Dog Training and Student Instructions $7,217,359 33.0%
Student Services $2,214,113 10.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 85.90 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 85.82 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 87.00 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 85.58 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 85.87 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 89.32 three stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 83.27 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 86.09 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 82.02 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 82.85 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 06/01/2011 76.48 two stars
2009-09 08/01/2010 84.73 three stars
2008-09 08/01/2009 89.29 three stars
2007-09 04/01/2009 89.24 three stars
2006-09 09/01/2007 93.74 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 81.15 three stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 86.01 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 94.07 four stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 98.09 four stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 96.93 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 22-1539721
Name in IRS Master File THE SEEING EYE 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 (916) Cafeteria, restaurant, snack bar, food services, etc.
(59) Other school related activities
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 January, 1935
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$349,948 1.30% James A. Kutsch Jr. President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.90 three stars
BraveHearts (IL) 92.22 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 85.02 three stars
Canine Partners For Life (PA) 87.90 three stars
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Seeing Eye
1 Seeing Eye Way
Morristown, NJ 07960
tel: (973) 539-4425
fax: (973) 539-0922
EIN: 22-1539721

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963

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Board Leadership

Thomas J. Duffy
Chairman of the Board

CEO

James A. Kutsch
President, CEO

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