Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Guide Dogs of America

Transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs.

four stars

96.93

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 96.93 four stars
  Financial 95.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Guide Dogs of America's mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. We provide four classes of highly skilled, professionally trained service dogs: 1) guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired; 2) service dogs to military veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or mobility limitations; 3) service dogs to individuals affected by autism; and 4) facility dogs to professionals who serve vulnerable populations that benefit from animal assisted intervention or therapy in settings such as healthcare facilities, schools or courthouses. Guide Dogs of America's extraordinary dogs become trusted companions that bring greater confidence and independence, offer new opportunities for social interaction and life experiences, assist with daily activities, and help our clients pursue their personal, educational and professional goals. All dogs and services are provided at no cost and available to eligible applicants from throughout the United States and Canada.

Guide Dogs of America's mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. We provide four classes of highly skilled, professionally trained service dogs: 1) guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired; 2) service dogs to military veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or mobility limitations; 3) service dogs to individuals affected by autism; and 4) facility dogs to professionals who serve vulnerable populations that benefit from animal assisted intervention or therapy in settings such as healthcare facilities, schools or courthouses. Guide Dogs of America's extraordinary dogs become trusted companions that bring greater confidence and independence, offer new opportunities for social interaction and life experiences, assist with daily activities, and help our clients pursue their personal, educational and professional goals. All dogs and services are provided at no cost and available to eligible applicants from throughout the United States and Canada.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of inmate participants who reoffend
0
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

95.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
78.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.37
  Program Expenses Growth 10.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,965,559
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,478,143
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,443,702
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,443,702
   Other Revenue $677,013
TOTAL REVENUE $7,120,715
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,790,686
   Administrative Expenses $416,507
   Fundraising Expenses $585,553
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,792,746
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,327,969
   
Net Assets $39,984,636

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Russell Gittlen President
Other Salaries of Note
$92,700 1.60% Rhonda Bissell Executive Assistant

Mission

Guide Dogs of America's mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. We provide four classes of highly skilled, professionally trained service dogs: 1) guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired; 2) service dogs to military veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or mobility limitations; 3) service dogs to individuals affected by autism; and 4) facility dogs to professionals who serve vulnerable populations that benefit from animal assisted intervention or therapy in settings such as healthcare facilities, schools or courthouses. Guide Dogs of America's extraordinary dogs become trusted companions that bring greater confidence and independence, offer new opportunities for social interaction and life experiences, assist with daily activities, and help our clients pursue their personal, educational and professional goals. All dogs and services are provided at no cost and available to eligible applicants from throughout the United States and Canada.

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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