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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

4120 Rideau Valley Drive N. 
Manotick, ON K4M 1A3
Founder: Jane Thornton
Board Chair: Heather Skuce

Charitable Reg. #: 10684 6819 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C-

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 available only upon request [ 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 #16

Avg. Compensation $49,263

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Founded in 1984, the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) strives to assist visually-impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs.  The program is carried out at a 9-acre training centre outside of Manotick, Ontario. The centre has a kennel that houses up to 30 dogs.

There are two core services offered by this organization:  Guide Dogs for those who are visually impaired to provide them with mobility and independence; and Assistance Dogs for those affected with a mobility-related disability. The services are provided free of charge to accepted applicants. Ongoing programs to support the core services include the Puppy Walking Program, where litters of pups are placed into foster families for one year until they are brought back to begin their formal training, and the Training Apprenticeship Program, where dog trainees go through an extensive three-year program to become a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

Most recent information: In 2017 Charity Intelligence tried repeatedly but unsuccessfully to get more recent information to update this report on Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also in 2017, Charity Intelligence received the most recent audited financial statements from Canada's Charities Directorate which are for 2014! While this information is outdated, it is the most recent information available.

Financial Review:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a medium-sized charity with $1.5m in donations in F2014. Its administrative costs are 11% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 10% of donations. For every dollar donated, 79 cents go towards the charity’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. CGDB has total funding reserves of $10.3m of which $253k is donor-endowed. This results in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding donor-endowed funds, of 799%, meaning that the charity can cover 8 years of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

This report is an update and is currently under review by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 16, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.0%10.5%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.7%11.1%12.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 811.2%759.7%665.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,460,0721,388,6971,358,879
Lotteries (net) 96,68393,058104,436
Business activities (net) 21,32522,17426,351
Investment income 683,375524,611620,769
Total revenues 2,261,4552,028,5402,110,435
Program costs 1,270,3941,270,2441,390,834
Administrative costs 173,735157,690159,575
Fundraising costs 142,148154,666170,088
Cash flow from operations 675,178445,940389,938
Funding reserves 10,305,2649,649,6329,257,994
Note: Ci has adjusted revenues to exclude amortization of deferred capital contributions and include testamentary bequests, affecting revenues by $625k in F2014, $415k in F2013, and by $493k in F2012.

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