Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Guide Dogs of America

Serving the blind community since 1948.

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Impact Information is available from our partner, GuideStar

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, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of program graduates
41
This impact information is current as of September 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

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, 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.

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Guide Dogs of America (CA) 96.93 four stars
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Can Do Canines (MN) 96.19 four stars
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Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 88.43 three 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