Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
Manotick, ON K4M 1B2
Founder: Jane Thornton
Board Chair: Edward Mann

Charitable Reg. #:10684 6819 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Founded in 1984, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) strives to assist visually impaired Canadians by training and providing guide dogs. CGDB runs its training program at its National Training Centre in Manotick, Ontario. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s training centre features nine acres of space and a kennel that can house 20 to 30 dogs.

Within its dog training program, CGDB offers two main services. It offers guide dogs for visually impaired clients and assistance dogs for clients with movement-related disabilities. Guide dogs are fully trained for five to eight months to support clients with mobility and independence, while assistance dogs receive training to perform a variety of physical tasks such as retrieving items. Clients can lease a dog for only $1.00 and are responsible for food and veterinary expenses.

In 2018, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind reported that its 850th guide dog graduated from its training program. It last reported that 600 guide dogs had graduated in 2007. During this 11-year period, CGDB graduated around 23 dogs per year from its training program. If CGDB trained an average of 23 dogs in each of the past three years, the average operating cost per dog was more than $74,300.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind estimates that only around 2% of Canada’s blind and visually impaired population can access a guide dog. CGDB states that it has helped to reach more than 870 clients across Canada since founding.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s results and impact.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a medium-sized charity with $2.3m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 17%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 83 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CGDB has total funding reserves of $7.2m, of which $311k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover nearly five years of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s capital spending doubled in F2019, rising from $2.6m to $5.2m. Its financial statements report an increase in capital assets associated with new training centres and kennels under construction. CGDB is currently in the process of building a new and expanded National Training Centre in Manotick, Ontario.

In F2018, the most recent T3010 filing year available for CGDB, it paid $29k to external fundraisers. The charity does not state how much revenue these fundraisers collected.

This report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 21, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.0%6.3%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.8%8.6%8.6%
Total overhead spending 16.8%15.0%15.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 497.1%791.7%928.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,299,5982,062,6081,740,511
Lotteries (net) 122,916100,444117,130
Business activities (net) 18,17223,89842,107
Investment income 426,863(611,245)1,083,017
Total revenues 2,867,5491,575,7052,982,765
Program costs 1,399,6941,338,6991,394,446
Administrative costs 194,873138,673132,164
Fundraising costs 202,558177,580148,834
Total spending 1,797,1251,654,9521,675,444
Cash flow from operations 1,070,424(79,247)1,307,321
Capital spending 5,154,2902,575,540298,755
Funding reserves 7,191,34410,782,75813,115,895

Note: Ci included testamentary bequests in donations, affecting total revenues by $1.4m in F2019, $1.2m in F2018, and $772k in F2017. Ci included unrealized gains (losses) on investments in investment income, affecting total revenues by $143k in F2019, ($1.0m) in F2018, and $710k in F2017. Ci excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting total revenues by ($11k) in F2019, ($11k) in F2018, and ($11k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 17

Avg. compensation: $52,519

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001