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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

four stars

90.49

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
John Miller
President & Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.49 four stars
  Financial 86.90 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation serves clients from across the United States and Canada. People come to us for our trademark small classes and personalized instruction, and we have successfully worked with individuals who are deaf-blind and those with disabilities other than blindness or hearing impairment. In addition to our guide and service dog programs, the Foundation offers extensive education and outreach programs to broaden the public's understanding of vision and visual impairment, access and disability rights.

Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation serves clients from across the United States and Canada. People come to us for our trademark small classes and personalized instruction, and we have successfully worked with individuals who are deaf-blind and those with disabilities other than blindness or hearing impairment. In addition to our guide and service dog programs, the Foundation offers extensive education and outreach programs to broaden the public's understanding of vision and visual impairment, access and disability rights.

Financial

three stars

86.90

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.80
  Program Expenses Growth -13.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.4%
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.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 90.49 four stars
The Gentle Barn (CA) 90.90 four stars
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 90.44 four stars
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.56 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,968,923
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $85,960
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,054,883
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,054,883
   Other Revenue $435,061
TOTAL REVENUE $9,489,944
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,377,650
   Administrative Expenses $544,720
   Fundraising Expenses $597,517
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,519,887
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,970,057
   
Net Assets $27,549,165

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 $2,224,382 50.8%
Breeding and Puppy Program $851,822 19.5%
Student & Graduate Services $672,352 15.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 90.49 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 89.14 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 89.63 three stars
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$233,172 4.22% John Miller President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$237,119 4.29% Wells B. Jones Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 90.49 four stars
Patriot Paws Service Dogs (TX) 96.35 four stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 96.28 four stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 96.89 four stars
The Gentle Barn (CA) 90.90 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

John Miller
President & Chief Executive Officer

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