National Service Dogs

1286 Cedar Creek Road
Cambridge, ON N1R 5S5
Executive Director: Danielle Forbes
Board President: Gina Mcdonnell

Charitable Reg. #: 89802 9228 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

2012 2013 2014
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #5

Avg. Compensation $43,907

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2013

About National Service Dogs:

Founded in 1998, National Service Dogs (NSD) provides service and companion dogs for individuals with special needs. It provides service dogs for children living with Autism and Canadian Military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As part of the Canine Assisted Intervention program started in 2013, the charity places service dogs with treatment professionals, working as therapy teams to aid in the recovery of abuse, trauma and physical disorders in children and adults. The charity also provides companion dogs to families and individuals in need.


In 2014, NSD graduated 14 Certified Service Dogs for Autism, 4 Certified Service Dogs for PTSD, 3 Canine Assisted Intervention Dogs and 10 companion dogs.

Financial Review:

The administrative costs for NSD were 8% of revenues and fundraising costs were 2% of donations in 2014. Even though the numbers from the charity's CRA T3010 filing do not reconcile with the audited financial statements, the fundraising costs reported by the charity in the CRA T3010 filing would be 10% of donations in 2013. The charity has funding reserves of $125k, which cover 21% of annual program costs. NSD had an outstanding loan balance of $229k at the end of 2014.


This report is currently being reviewed by NSD. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated July 13, 2015 by Yash Ahuja.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.1%9.0%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.1%2.8%3.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 20.9%(26.6%)(30.5%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 744,092508,843354,353
Goods in kind 88,80785,000110,562
Fees for service 27,96612,47813,478
Special events 143,163166,553165,519
Total revenues 1,004,028772,874643,912
Program costs 596,359547,485559,855
Administrative costs 81,15169,24447,556
Fundraising costs 19,02619,00117,801
Other costs 10,57515,55015,868
Cash flow from operations 296,917121,5942,832
Funding reserves 124,901(145,747)(170,479)
Note: Revenues have been adjusted to reflect deferred contributions in the year received, affecting donations by $239k in 2014 and $59k in 2013.

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