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


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 84 cents are available for programs.

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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 CGDB: 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 of the dogs are provided free of charge to accepted applicants. Clients are responsible for all expenses for the dog after graduation, including food and veterinary expenses.

Other ongoing programs that CGDB operates include Puppy Walking and Training Apprenticeships. The Puppy Walking program places puppies at approximately 7 weeks of age with foster families called "puppy walkers" who raise the pups for 12 to 18 months. After the time with the foster families, the puppies are brought back to begin their formal training. Training Apprenticeships are given to select dog trainees who go through an extensive three-year program to become a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a medium-sized charity with $1.7m in donations in F2017. The decrease in donations compared to F2016 and F2015 is largely due to a reduction in testamentary bequests the charity received. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.84 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CGDB has a related foundation, the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Foundation, but no audited financial statements for the foundation were provided. According to the foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA, it had $17k in total assets in F2016. Ci believes the foundation to be immaterial and thus has not consolidated the charities. CGDB has total funding reserves of $13.1m, which include $253k in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover 9.3 years of annual program costs. This does not indicate a need for donations.

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 July 26, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.0%6.5%7.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.6%5.6%6.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 928.9%866.0%874.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,730,8652,705,0732,372,157
Lotteries (net) 117,130113,998120,131
Business activities (net) 42,10734,34222,940
Investment income 1,083,017833,158(806,463)
Total revenues 2,973,1193,686,5711,708,765
Program costs 1,394,4461,338,3881,180,578
Administrative costs 132,164184,363199,684
Fundraising costs 148,834151,295152,130
Cash flow from operations 1,297,6752,012,525176,373
Funding reserves 13,115,89511,754,90610,479,159

Note: Ci has included testamentary bequests in donations, increasing total revenues by $0.8m in F2017, $1.5m in F2016 and $1.5m in F2015. Ci has included unrealized gains (losses) on investments in investment income, affecting total revenues by $0.7m in F2017, ($0.5m) in F2016 and ($1.2m) in F2015. Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions, decreasing total revenues by $11k in F2017, $11k in F2016 and $3k in F2015. Ci reports donations on a cash-basis and has adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenues by ($10k) in F2017, $375k in F2016 and ($2k) in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. Compensation: $50,360

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 F2016

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