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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Dogs for Better Lives

Providing Assistance Dogs since 1977

four stars

96.88

10175 Wheeler Road Central Point, OR 97502
tel: (800) 990-3647   Web Site
EIN: 93-0681311

Board Leadership
Al Lane
Board Chair

CEO
Bryan Williams
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.88 four stars
  Financial 95.60 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1977, Dogs for Better Lives (formerly Dogs for the Deaf) is a national non-profit organization that rescues, breeds, professionally trains, and places dogs with people who have different disabilities and needs throughout the United States. Our three primary programs include Hearing Assistance Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs (currently placing in OR, WA, and CA), and Facility Dogs (that work with teachers, counselors, and physicians), all placed at no cost to the client. Tours of Dogs for Better Lives' southern Oregon campus are by appointment, taking place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm. The address is 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR, 97502. For more information visit www.dogsforbetterlives.org or call 1-800-990-DOGS (3647).

Established in 1977, Dogs for Better Lives (formerly Dogs for the Deaf) is a national non-profit organization that rescues, breeds, professionally trains, and places dogs with people who have different disabilities and needs throughout the United States. Our three primary programs include Hearing Assistance Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs (currently placing in OR, WA, and CA), and Facility Dogs (that work with teachers, counselors, and physicians), all placed at no cost to the client. Tours of Dogs for Better Lives' southern Oregon campus are by appointment, taking place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm. The address is 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR, 97502. For more information visit www.dogsforbetterlives.org or call 1-800-990-DOGS (3647).

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of volunteers
145
Number of Facebook followers
26,000
Number of dogs placed
61
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

four stars

95.60

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
82.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.89
  Program Expenses Growth 8.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dogs for Better Lives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dogs for Better Lives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars
The Gentle Barn (CA) 92.61 four stars
BraveHearts (IL) 92.22 four stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 89.39 three stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 91.67 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,042,971
   Federated Campaigns $34,350
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,077,321
   Program Service Revenue $966
Total Primary Revenue $2,078,287
   Other Revenue $456,871
TOTAL REVENUE $2,535,158
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,116,716
   Administrative Expenses $387,153
   Fundraising Expenses $309,562
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,813,431
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,278,273
   
Net Assets $16,947,766

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
Rescuing, Training, & Placing Assistance Dogs $2,089,710 67.0%
Public Education $1,027,006 33.0%

Ratings History
Dogs for Better Lives has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2020 96.88 four stars
2018-06 03/01/2019 95.93 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 95.67 four stars
2016-06 04/01/2017 93.78 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.61 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 95.32 four stars
2014-06 02/01/2015 90.94 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 94.42 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 88.73 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 89.59 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 86.12 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 03/01/2011 80.37 three stars
2009-06 05/01/2010 75.99 two stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 94.39 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2008 98.02 four stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 99.10 four stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 96.21 four stars
2004-06 02/01/2005 96.12 four stars
2003-06 02/01/2004 73.31 two stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 79.24 two 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 93-0681311
Name in IRS Master File DOGS FOR THE DEAF INC
NTEE Code D63
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 May, 1977
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, 2019
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$78,933 2.06% Bryan Williams President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$31,520 0.82% Blake Matray Previous President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dogs for Better Lives (OR) 96.88 four stars
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (CA) 94.28 four stars
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind (PA) 98.44 four stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 91.67 four stars
Guide Dogs of the Desert (CA) 87.81 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Dogs for Better Lives
10175 Wheeler Road
Central Point, OR 97502
tel: (800) 990-3647
fax: (541) 826-6696
TTY: (541) 826-9220
EIN: 93-0681311

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Board Leadership

Al Lane
Board Chair

CEO

Bryan Williams
President and CEO

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