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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Guide Dogs of America

Serving the blind community since 1948.

four stars

94.02

13445 Glenoaks Boulevard Sylmar, CA 91342
tel: (800) 459-4843   Web Site
EIN: 95-1586088

Board Leadership
Russell A. Gittlen
President

CEO
Russell A. Gittlen
Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.02 four stars
  Financial 91.55 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Guide Dogs of America, founded in 1948 under the name International Guiding Eyes, is dedicated to providing guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence. Guide Dogs of America has three primary programs: the breeding program, the puppy raising program, and the guide dog team training program. We also provide advocacy services, training follow-up, and veterinary care at our on-campus clinic, free of charge, for the lifetime of our guide dog teams. Additionally, we offer public education through our web site, tour and speaker programs, and by providing information upon request to help educate businesses or individuals about access laws and guide dogs.

Guide Dogs of America, founded in 1948 under the name International Guiding Eyes, is dedicated to providing guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence. Guide Dogs of America has three primary programs: the breeding program, the puppy raising program, and the guide dog team training program. We also provide advocacy services, training follow-up, and veterinary care at our on-campus clinic, free of charge, for the lifetime of our guide dog teams. Additionally, we offer public education through our web site, tour and speaker programs, and by providing information upon request to help educate businesses or individuals about access laws and guide dogs.

Financial

four stars

91.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 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)
76.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.45
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dogs of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guide Dogs of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 94.02 four stars
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers (MA) 87.66 three stars
NEADS World Class Service Dogs (MA) 94.27 four stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.82 three stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 98.04 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,241,177
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,246,403
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,487,580
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $8,487,580
   Other Revenue $536,342
TOTAL REVENUE $9,023,922
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,286,901
   Administrative Expenses $591,104
   Fundraising Expenses $622,938
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,500,943
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,522,979
   
Net Assets $37,658,994

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
Kennel, Guide Dog Training, Breeding & Puppy Programs $3,741,486 87.3%
Student Relations $545,415 12.7%

Ratings History
Guide Dogs of America has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 04/01/2018 94.02 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 91.43 four stars
2015-06 04/01/2017 87.81 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 86.26 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 84.09 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2014 83.97 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 84.38 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 81.08 three stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 78.60 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 71.67 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 75.35 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 81.14 three stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 77.36 two stars
2007-06 03/01/2008 75.04 two stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 82.34 three stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 84.45 three stars
2004-06 03/01/2005 83.57 three stars
2003-06 03/01/2004 82.27 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 96.21 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 95-1586088
Name in IRS Master File INTERNATIONAL GUIDING EYES 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 (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
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 September, 1984
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Russell Gittlen President
Other Salaries of Note
$83,983 1.52% Rhonda Bissell Executive Assistant

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guide Dogs of America (CA) 94.02 four stars
The Seeing Eye (NJ) 85.82 three stars
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers (MA) 87.66 three stars
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital (OR) 86.84 three stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 95.32 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Guide Dogs of America
13445 Glenoaks Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342
tel: (800) 459-4843
fax: (818) 362-6870
EIN: 95-1586088

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Board Leadership

Russell A. Gittlen
President

CEO

Russell A. Gittlen
Director

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