Guide Dog Foundation Receives “Top-Rated Charity” Recognition by CharityWatch  

Long Island-based non-profit provides highly trained guide dogs free of charge to people who are blind or have low vision

March 12, 2015 – Smithtown, NY – The Guide Dog Foundation is proud to announce that it has been rated as a “Top-Rated Charity”with an A grade, by the national watchdog CharityWatch (formerly known as American Institute of Philanthropy).  Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided highly trained guide and service dogs, free of charge, to qualified people who seek the increased freedom, mobility, and companionship an assistance dog provides.  Groups included on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, have met CharityWatch governance benchmarks, and have received "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents. TheFoundation’s report can be found here: https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/guide-dog-foundation-for-the-blind/93

“The Guide Dog Foundation is truly honored to be recognized as a ‘Top-Rated Charity’ by CharityWatch,” says Wells Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation.  “We take very seriously our fiscal responsibility to our donors, supporters, and the people we serve, and the Foundation is proud of its positive reputation as a charitable organization.”

CharityWatch is America’s most independent and assertive charity watchdog. CharityWatch delves deep to find how efficiently charities use donations to fund the programs donors want to support.  Founded in 1992 as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP),CharityWatch continues to expose nonprofit abuses and advocate for your interests as a donor. You can check this at charitywatch.org. 

About the Guide Dog Foundation

For more than 65 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind,have low vision, or who have other special needs.  The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities.  It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. 

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.