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Canine Companions for Independence

 2965 DUTTON AVE
 SANTA ROSA, CA 92057
[P] (760) 901-4396
[F] (760) 901-4350
www.cci.org
www.cci.org/locations/southwest/
[email protected]
Erin Hoffman
FOUNDED: 1975
INCORPORATED: 1979
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 94-2494324 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country and is the largest non-profit organization of its kind. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.


Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country and is the largest non-profit organization of its kind. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $4,896,400.00
Projected Revenue $4,896,400.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Team Training

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country and is the largest non-profit organization of its kind. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.



Background Statement

 

Canine Companions pioneered the concept of training dogs to assist adults and children living with physical and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1975, our work is driven by an important mission: to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Because of the generous support of individuals and  of organizations like the Orange County Community Foundation, Canine Companions provides these services free of charge to the recipients. 

Canine Companions for Independence® is not only the oldest and largest organization of our kind, but we are also recognized worldwide as the one with the greatest expertise. Canine Companions is the first provider to be fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the organization that sets industry standards and oversees assistance dog agencies. Effective, quality services have earned Canine Companions its reputation as the leader and gold standard in the growing assistance dog industry.  

Canine Companions is comprised of six regional training centers throughout the United States. The Southwest Regional Center opened in 1986, is located in Oceanside, California and provides services to people in Southern California and the surrounding eight states. The Southwest Regional Training Center is self-supporting, and contributes to the breeding program and scientific research studies conducted at the national level. 

 


Impact Statement

The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
Since founding The Veterans Initiative 10 years ago, 266 dogs have been placed with veterans with disabilities. 2017 was our most successful year serving veterans, with 68 placements across the nation. 49 dogs were placed with veterans with PTSD through US Dept. of Veterans Affairs research study, and the goal is to launch the PTSD Pilot Program in the fall of 2018. In the Southwest Region alone, a record 67 human/canine teams graduated in 2017 and the goal is 65 successful placements in 2018. In 2017, the Southwest Regional Training Center completed a campus expansion to add additional kennel space, more office space for growing staff, and an observation unit for dogs recovering from medical issues. In 2018, we plan to install bamboo planters as a sight and sound barrier to reduce kennel stress for dogs in training.

Needs Statement

1. Team Training ($10,000): a critical component of the process that prepares and provides persons with disabilities with skilled assistance dogs. $10,000 funds two weeks of immersive learning for one recipient at our Southwest Training Center in Oceanside.
2. Graduate follow-up Visits ($10,000): Ensure our teams' ongoing success with personalized training provided by our professional instructors in the graduates' hometowns or at our regional center.
3. Care for dogs in professional training ($25,000): Provide for preventative veterinary care and grooming expenses for the dogs in professional training.
4. Volunteer puppy raisers! Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love. Each hour spent caring for a Canine Companions puppy is vital to its development as a future assistance dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission.
5. Puppy Raiser training ($5,000): sustains our selfless puppy raisers with continuing education workshops that provide the tools and education necessary for positive puppy raising experiences and outcomes.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Canine Companions is comprised of six regional training centers throughout the United States. The Southwest Regional Center opened in 1986, is located in Oceanside, California and provides services to people in Southern California and the surrounding eight states. In Orange County County alone, there are a total of 36 active graduate teams and six candidates on the waiting list for their life-changing partner. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Animal Related - Animal Training
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Disabled Persons' Rights

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Programs


Team Training

Recipients reside on campus during a two-week program known as Team Training. They meet 6 days/week at the SW Regional Center to learn about canine behavior, care, and handling, and the commands that their future partners already know. The student and their family member(s) learn how to work in partnership with their assistance dog through seminars, quizzes, hands-on instruction and practice. The student is matched with the dog that best meets their needs, a process that amazes recipients who can't believe what a suitable companion has joined their lives. 

Team Training includes:
2 weeks of professional instruction, monitoring & evaluation 
Training manuals & equipment, such as leashes, collars, assistance dog vests
Field trips
Private room & accessible bath plus community kitchen & laundry facilities 
24-hour caretaker 
“Going home” kit with grooming supplies, food bowl, toys & a limited food supply
Assistance Dogs International public access certification upon successful completion of exams
Budget  $10,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Military/Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  Through Team Training, Canine Companions provides one highly trained assistance dog for one person with disability, free of charge, thereby making an immediate, tangible and dramatic impact in the quality of life for this person. 
Program Long-Term Success 
 With the successful placement of an assistance dog with one person with a disability, Canine Companions’ intended results include:
  The graduate will gain enhanced self-confidence, loving companionship, hope, self-esteem and independence.
  The graduate will be able to take advantage of new opportunities that may not have been feasible prior to receiving an assistance dog.
  The graduate and family will gain an important new sense of responsibility in providing care and a safe, loving home for their dog.
  The graduate will make new social connections with his/her peers and community that result in greater inclusion and disability awareness.
 
Studies indicate that recipients of assistance dogs report that more people approached them (100%), their social interactions increased (87%), and that their number of friends expanded (59%) [Fairman & Huebner, 2001]. Overall, they describe a greater sense of belonging and they feel more socially accepted. The bonds developed through these human/canine partnerships create ripples that add meaning and enrichment to each of our lives and strengthens our communities.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success will be determined by the following monitoring and evaluation tools, used at every stage of the process: 
  Thorough instruction, monitoring and evaluation throughout Team Training.
  Certification testing 45 days post-graduation and one to three years thereafter. 
  Annual veterinary report.
  Regular reports, visits, workshops, phone calls and emails throughout the lifetime of the partnership to ensure ongoing success.
Examples of Program Success 
A survey of Canine Companions Graduate Teams results:
 
Service Dog Recipients:
93% have improved emotional well-being
92% have an increased sense of safety/peace of mind
91% have an increased level of independence 520 hours decreased in attendant care hours per year
 
Hearing Dog Recipients:
97% have increased sense of safety and or peace of mind
95% have an increased desire to open themselves up to new experiences or challenges
93% report an increase in other people's awareness of their communication needs Skilled Companion Recipients:
95% report an improved emotional well-being
91% saw an increase in personal interactions
90% report increased self-confidence
84% of families reported an improved family dynamic
 
Facility Dog Recipients:
98% report clients/students/patients are more willing to participate in activities
97% report that clients/students/patients are calmer
93% report their sessions are more effective with the addition of the facility dog
1040 interactions for a facility dog per year
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Pamela Becker
CEO Term Start Aug 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Paul Mundell -- 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Assistance Dogs International Inc. 2017

Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 31
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 900
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Sondra Thiederman PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Business Owner, Volunteer Puppy Raiser
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Paul Abramowitz Investor --
Simon Aron Esq. Philanthropist --
Bill Bauce Philanthropist --
Tim Gackstetter Canine Companions Graduate --
Glen Gregos Retired Banker --
Kim Haydel Western Zone, Canon Business Solutions --
Leslie Hennessy Business Executive, Industry Council --
Tommy Hollenstein Artist, Canine Companions Graduate --
Sheryl Ishizaki Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel --
Jack Peluso Financial Advisor --
Susan Ryan M.D. Emergency Room Doctor --
Bob Street Business Owner, Civic Leader --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,896,400.00
Projected Expenses $4,896,400.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financial Statements

2016 Audited Financial Statements

2015 Audited Financial Statements

Financial Narrative

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $31,135,417 $31,929,720 $22,124,348
Total Expenses $26,185,688 $23,263,606 $21,269,203

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$23,255,721 $25,447,862 $18,988,607
Government Contributions $84,999 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $84,999 -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $38,236 $43,311 $0
Earned Revenue $2,616,660 $2,791,156 $1,232,056
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,236,373 $955,342 $468,140
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $2,903,428 $2,692,049 $2,581,437
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $268,540
Other -- -- $322,782

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $19,005,419 $16,699,767 $14,872,910
Administration Expense $1,660,152 $1,437,705 $1,312,196
Fundraising Expense $5,520,117 $5,126,134 $5,084,097
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.19 1.37 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 72% 70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 18% 24%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $71,349,587 $64,681,007 $56,352,754
Current Assets $22,088,962 $24,842,170 $13,652,898
Long-Term Liabilities $45,643 $40,473 $382,211
Current Liabilities $3,171,894 $2,145,056 $2,385,854
Total Net Assets $68,132,050 $62,495,478 $53,584,689

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.96 11.58 5.72

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 1%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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