Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

152 Wilson Street
Oakville, ON L6K 0G6
Executive Director: Sandy Turney
Board Chair: Douglas Cook

Charitable Reg. #: 13024 5129 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #11

Avg. Compensation $48,213

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 3
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides:

Founded in 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides provides Canadians with a medical or physical disability with a Dog Guide at no cost. The Foundation operates Dog Guides Canada, a national training school and separately-registered charity that assists individuals with disabilities through specialized Dog Guide programs. The largest school of its kind in Canada, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has two training facilities in Ontario: one in Breslau and another in Oakville. The Foundation reports that it costs $25,000 to train and place each Dog Guide.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has six Dog Guides programs: Canine Vision (for the blind and visually impaired), Hearing Ear (for the deaf and hard of hearing), Service (for the physically disabled), Seizure Response (for those with epilepsy), Autism Assistance (for children aged 3 to 18 living with autism spectrum disorder) and the newly launched, Diabetic Alert (for those who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness). The Dog Guides are specially trained to meet the needs of the individuals they are placed with.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has 80 staff members, 350 volunteer foster families and more than 80 volunteers. In F2015, 268 dogs entered the Dog Guides’ programs, up 10% from F2014. The Foundation reports that 75% of dogs were successfully trained and qualified as Dog Guides, up from 71% in F2014. Dogs that are disqualified from the training program are put up for adoption.

Financial Review:

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenues of $5.6m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 22% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 65 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $12.7m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 562%. This means that it can cover 5.6 years of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 22.0%24.6%25.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.8%14.6%17.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 561.6%492.3%434.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,1873,9313,164
Goods in kind 443634
Fees for service 652735
Business activities (net) 17610
Special events 1,4031,3571,320
Investment income 7301,224700
Other income 626157
Total revenues 6,5086,6435,321
Program costs 2,2592,2032,027
Administrative costs 1,2731,3301,181
Fundraising costs 715770781
Cash flow from operations 2,2622,3401,331
Funding reserves 12,68510,8458,799
Note: The charity does not report the expenses associated with its gift shop revenues. The business activities reported above is not net of expenses. Ci has adjusted depreciation affecting expenses by ($304k) in F2015, by ($295k) in F2014, and by ($272k) in F2013.

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