EIN 11-1687477

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

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The Guide Dog Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Program areas at Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Training program - our instructors complete a three year apprenticeship program before they become certified instructors. During fy 2020, 165 dogs began formal training for placement with a consumer of either the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. or its related organization america's vetdogs -the veteran's k-9 corps, Inc. the Guide Dog Foundation manages america's vetdogs and is reimbursed for the services it provides to america's vetdogs. Formal training takes approximately three to four months during which time the Foundation cares for all dogs. Dogs are housed on campus in state of the art kennels in the designated training center. Not every Dog that enters formal training becomes a Guide or service Dog. the Foundation currently estimates a success rate of 60%. After completion of formal training, the Dog is ready to be teamed with a consumer. the consumer or student and their Dog are trained to work together as a team either on our campus, in the consumer's home community or a combination of the two. the process and the Foundation's commitment continues after placement with aftercare, follow-up, support and outreach throughout the life of the Dog. the cycle is perpetual, with each stage financed 100% by the Foundation.
Public education - public outreach and education are important parts of the mission of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. the Foundation partnered with the new york islanders and raised Guide Dog radar and demonstrated various skills a Guide Dog can provide. This past year, three issues of the guideway were distributed to over 52,500 recipients. the guideway is the official newsletter to educate the public about Guide dogs, Guide Dog etiquette, and disability issues. Prior to covid-19 restrictions, the Foundation hosted 70 speaking engagements for local schools and community organizations to educate the public about our programs. the Guide Dog Foundation has embraced social media as a means to reach our supporters efficiently and effectively. We currently have nearly 31,200 likes on facebook and over 4,500 followers on twitter. Additionally, we have another 42,600 followers through youtube, linkedin and instagram.
Breeding and puppy program - during fy 2020, the Foundation supported 125 dogs in the breeding colony. the breeding colony is carefully selected after extensive screening and testing. During fy 2020, 447 puppies were added to the programs of the Guide Dog Foundation and america's vetdogs. Puppies spend seven to eight weeks in our puppy nursery. From the nursery they spend approximately one year in the home of a volunteer puppy raiser or prison puppy program before coming back to the Foundation for formal training. During fy 2020 a total of 447 puppies were placed. 351 puppies were placed in puppy raiser homes and 96 puppies participated in our prison puppy program. In the fourth quarter of fy 20, due to covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the prisons temporarily suspended the prison puppy programs and all puppies needed to transfer out. Our weekend volunteer puppy raisers housed and cared for the majority of the dogs in the prison program. In some instances other volunteer raisers were deployed and all puppies cared for during the pandemic restriction shut down. the Foundation currently supports puppy raisers in nearly 20 states and has agrements with 13 prisons in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania. During the time the puppies are in puppy raiser homes, we support the volunteer family through constant outreach, communication and training. We bring our volunteer regional puppy raiser coordinators on campus for training and support that they can share with their local regionally based puppy raising families. Our professional puppy staff supports our puppy raising volunteers and our staff typically visits each prison weekly to follow up and train the inmate handlers who are carefully screened to insure they are suitable candidates to participate in this program.

Form 990s for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-062020-09-16990View PDF
2018-062019-02-21990View PDF
2017-062018-03-14990View PDF
2016-062017-07-12990View PDF
2015-062016-02-26990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

Who funds Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Steele Foundation 090175Unrestricted Funds for Foundation Operating Budget$175,000
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...and 86 more grants received

Financials for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$12,474,281
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$399,826
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-91,062
Net income from fundraising events$-9,061
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$196,701
Total revenues$12,970,685

Personnel at Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

John MillerPresident and Chief Executive Officer$339,652
Laura EnglishChief Financial Officer$185,977
Brad HibbardChief Program Officer
 Subscribe to viewChief Growth Officer
 Subscribe to viewDirector of Marketing$125,733
...and 17 more key personnel

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General information
371 E Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
Website URL
(631) 930-9000
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
P80: Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Population Groups
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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