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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Improving the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs

three stars

89.33

371 East Jericho Turnpike Smithtown, NY 11787
tel: (800) 548-4337   Web Site
EIN: 11-1687477

Board Leadership
Donald Dea
Chair of the Board

CEO
Wells B. Jones
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.33 three stars
  Financial 85.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence. Our students come to us from all over the United States and many foreign countries. Our trademark small classes and individualized instruction often attract students who may have special requirements. We have successfully trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people. In addition to providing Second Sight through the use of our guide dogs, the Guide Dog Foundation offers extensive public education vehicles to broaden society's understanding of vision, visual impairment, blindness, and disability rights.

Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence. Our students come to us from all over the United States and many foreign countries. Our trademark small classes and individualized instruction often attract students who may have special requirements. We have successfully trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people. In addition to providing Second Sight through the use of our guide dogs, the Guide Dog Foundation offers extensive public education vehicles to broaden society's understanding of vision, visual impairment, blindness, and disability rights.

Financial

three stars

85.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.43
  Program Expenses Growth -0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 89.33 three stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 89.02 three stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 93.74 four stars
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 90.59 four stars
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 86.55 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,492,691
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $42,297
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,534,988
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $10,534,988
   Other Revenue $472,482
TOTAL REVENUE $11,007,470
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,737,029
   Administrative Expenses $445,478
   Fundraising Expenses $639,542
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,822,049
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,185,421
   
Net Assets $19,587,137

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 Programs $3,773,912 56.0%
Breeding and Puppy Program $1,298,543 19.3%
Student & Graduate Services $994,012 14.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 10/01/2017 89.33 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.80 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 90.99 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 93.03 four stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 87.18 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.08 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 79.83 two stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 81.38 three stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 90.60 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 89.39 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 84.68 three stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 92.50 four stars
2004-06 03/01/2005 93.97 four stars
2003-06 04/01/2004 83.42 three stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 90.86 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 84.42 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 11-1687477
Name in IRS Master File GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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 January, 1950
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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
$298,009 3.80% Wells B. Jones Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 89.33 three stars
Canine Partners For Life (PA) 86.47 three stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 87.00 three stars
National Education for Assistance Dog Services (MA) 92.29 four stars
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 90.59 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
tel: (800) 548-4337
fax: (631) 930-9009
EIN: 11-1687477

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Board Leadership

Donald Dea
Chair of the Board

CEO

Wells B. Jones
Chief Executive Officer

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