Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

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

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three stars

89.63

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 89.63 three stars
  Financial 85.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of new donors
7,280
Number of New Social Media Followers
36,238
Number of press articles published
1,613
This impact information is current as of March 2019, 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

85.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.71
  Program Expenses Growth 0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.2%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,752,476
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $22,224
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,774,700
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,774,700
   Other Revenue $445,827
TOTAL REVENUE $10,220,527
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,074,956
   Administrative Expenses $557,975
   Fundraising Expenses $723,400
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,356,331
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,864,196
   
Net Assets $21,809,331

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$300,742 3.59% Wells B. Jones Chief Executive Officer

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (NY) 89.63 three stars
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 100.00 four stars
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (NY) 86.55 three stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 92.92 four stars
Guide Dogs for the Blind (CA) 90.99 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