Columbus, OH   |
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EIN: 31-1648642


The mission of the Columbus Dog Connection is to improve the lives of cats and dogs in Ohio by focusing on: Ending the overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs through high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services. Impacting the lives of unwanted and homeless dogs and cats through rescue, foster, and adoption. Providing support and resources to our community and other animal welfare organizations in need.

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Principal Officer

Mirna Bowman

Main address

2761 Johnstown Rd

Columbus, OH 43219 USA

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Subject area info

Animal adoptions

Animal population control

Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Human-animal interactions

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Ohio Spay/Neuter Project

The most efficient use of donations and endless blood, sweat and tears we (and all rescue people) put into saving homeless dogs and cats, is to get more spay/neuter services to the areas that need it most. Our mobile truck travels to rural counties to perform s/n services and also afford us the opportunity to extend services to other rescues in order to help them serve even more homeless dogs/cats.

Population(s) Served

1st Saturdays Monthly, 10am-1pm, walk ins welcome. 2761 Johnstown Rd, Columbus 43219

Population(s) Served

Come meet the dogs of Columbus Dog Connection at Mingle With Our Mutts, which is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday Each Month, from 12-2pm, at the Franklin Co Dog Shelter behind Menard's on Morse Rd.

Population(s) Served

Columbus Dog Connection was moved to create a low cost elevated dog bed. The inspiration for our beds? Dogs on wet floors in shelters. A few Doggedly Dedicated Dogmanity Do'ers, pooled their creative talents and came up with an easy & inexpensive way for anyone to build an elevated dog bed. As of January 2013, Columbus Dog Connection has donated 913 to shelters in OH, Indiana, W Virginia & Kentucky. This program recently won the Make A Difference Day state award.

Population(s) Served

Habitat for Dogmanity was a single event we did in 2002 at a rescue in Southern Ohio. The event went so well that we have continued the Dogmanity events when we hear of a need and have the resources and manpower to make a difference. Dogmanity involves physical improvements at shelters/rescues or large donation drives or elevated dog making or whatever needs done for the dogs.

Population(s) Served

We are a network of dog enthusiasts who rescue all breeds of dogs and cats. Our dogs/cats are rescued from abandonment/abuse situations and we assist animal control/humane societies by taking dogs scheduled for euthanasia. Every dog that leaves our care is spayed/neutered, including 8 week old pups. We believe that allowing a pup to leave our care not spayed/neutered would perpetuate the problem we work so hard to overcome every day.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To rescue abandoned dogs, promote all rescues & shelters in Ohio and be in dogged pursuit of saving every adoptable dog until dogs/cats are no longer euthanized for lack of space.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of COLUMBUS DOG CONNECTION INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$30,464 $5,345 -$19,673 $17,240 -$30,475
As % of expenses -7.6% 1.3% -4.7% 3.5% -7.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$30,464 $5,345 -$19,673 $17,240 -$30,475
As % of expenses -7.6% 1.3% -4.7% 3.5% -7.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $372,682 $405,807 $396,943 $512,119 $359,040
Total revenue, % change over prior year -7.0% 8.9% -2.2% 29.0% -29.9%
Program services revenue 54.3% 44.6% 46.3% 53.0% 43.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -0.4% 2.3% 1.5% 1.1% -2.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 45.4% 52.7% 51.8% 37.7% 58.9%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.4% 0.4% 8.2% 0.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $403,146 $400,462 $416,616 $494,879 $385,378
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.4% -0.7% 4.0% 18.8% -22.1%
Personnel 48.3% 46.8% 55.7% 52.2% 46.7%
Professional fees 8.2% 7.0% 8.0% 10.0% 7.5%
Occupancy 9.9% 11.4% 9.4% 8.5% 12.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.3% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 31.4% 33.7% 27.0% 29.4% 33.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $403,146 $400,462 $416,616 $494,879 $385,378
One month of savings $33,596 $33,372 $34,718 $41,240 $32,115
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $39,810 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $436,742 $433,834 $451,334 $575,929 $417,493

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.5 2.1 1.0 0.6
Months of cash and investments 3.6 3.6 4.2 2.9 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.8 4.0 3.3 3.2 3.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $59,128 $51,618 $72,176 $39,996 $18,959
Investments $60,405 $68,629 $73,586 $77,998 $66,398
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $207,862 $207,862 $207,862 $207,862 $207,862
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.2% 3.2% 29.3% 9.5% 7.1%
Unrestricted net assets $127,407 $132,752 $113,079 $130,319 $99,844
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,137
Total net assets $127,407 $132,752 $113,079 $130,319 $103,981

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Mirna Bowman

Mirna is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Columbus Dog Connection where she has served since 1998. Mirna was born in Guatemala and came to the United States when she was 5 years old. She grew up in Washington DC and is fluent in Spanish. Mirna is a graduate from The American University in Washington, DC with a BSBA in Accounting and Finance (1982) and is a Certified Public Accountant (1986). Her work experience includes Auditor with Grant Thornton International in Washington, DC; Assistant Controller with Environ in Arlington, Virginia; and Controller at The Jewish Center in Columbus, Ohio. She shares her home with three dogs and four cats. During her free time, she enjoys gardening and traveling.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/28/2024
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Board chair

Carol Folkerth

Columbus Dog Connection

Term: 2024 -


Linda Diroll

Kristy Clay

Donna Hara

Devon Horne

Theresa Reed

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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