Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest

Rescuing and Rehoming Golden Retrievers Since 1985

aka RAGOM   |   Minnetonka, MN   |
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Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest

EIN: 41-1856124


RAGOM rescues, fosters, and finds forever homes for Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in need.

Ruling year info


Board Chair

Sheri Stover

Main address

5800 Baker Road Suite 120

Minnetonka, MN 55345 USA

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Formerly known as

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota



Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Animal training

Population served info


Low-income people

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We serve Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue and Adoption

Rescue and re-home Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in need

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in the Upper Midwest. When possible, we also rescue dogs internationally and those from commercial breeding.

We open our doors to any Golden Retriever or Golden mix in the Upper Midwest (with the exception of those with serious behavior issues that could put our foster volunteers or adopters at risk). Dogs stay in loving foster homes where they receive the care they need, and when they are ready, they are placed for adoption.

We have approximately 300 volunteers who make our work possible. Volunteers do everything from dog intake, transporting, fostering, screening adoption applications, special events, marketing, and more.

RAGOM has rescued and re-homed over 9,000 dogs in need. Our mission it to rescue every Golden Retriever and Golden mix in the Upper Midwest who is in need of a second chance. We also extend our reach to dogs from commercial breeding facilities and dogs in other countries who are greatly in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 Financial Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27.66 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $60,792 $166,710 $96,892 $87,926 $106,643
As % of expenses 11.9% 36.3% 20.2% 10.6% 16.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $57,241 $153,205 $83,387 $77,971 $106,643
As % of expenses 11.1% 32.4% 16.9% 9.3% 16.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $621,599 $578,163 $567,322 $923,914 $760,338
Total revenue, % change over prior year 18.7% -7.0% -1.9% 62.9% -17.7%
Program services revenue 17.6% 18.2% 17.2% 9.3% 13.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.5% 1.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.1% 79.9% 80.6% 89.3% 84.7%
Other revenue 2.1% 1.4% 1.2% 0.9% 1.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $511,640 $459,187 $479,804 $828,333 $642,494
Total expenses, % change over prior year 18.2% -10.3% 4.5% 72.6% -22.4%
Personnel 0.0% 4.2% 4.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 18.9% 13.7% 12.7% 11.0% 19.9%
Occupancy 3.0% 3.5% 3.4% 2.0% 2.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 78.1% 78.6% 79.8% 87.0% 77.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $515,191 $472,692 $493,309 $838,288 $642,494
One month of savings $42,637 $38,266 $39,984 $69,028 $53,541
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $24,251 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $582,079 $510,958 $533,293 $907,316 $696,035

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 10.7 14.9 16.8 11.0 16.0
Months of cash and investments 10.7 14.9 16.8 11.0 16.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.0 14.4 16.2 10.7 15.7
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $454,893 $568,779 $670,825 $760,566 $857,841
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $40,515 $40,515 $40,515 $40,515 $40,515
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 8.8% 42.1% 75.4% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.7% 2.3% 4.0% 2.8% 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $421,208 $574,413 $657,800 $735,771 $842,414
Temporarily restricted net assets $59,167 $11,433 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $59,167 $11,433 $2,059 $9,714 $20,915
Total net assets $480,375 $585,846 $659,859 $745,485 $863,329

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Board Chair

Sheri Stover

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Laura Buck

Jane Nygaard

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Laura Shugrue

Sheila Rawski

Sheri Stover

Jackie McFarland

Mary McGowan

Kristin Naruko

Jordan Rozenfeld

Elayne Sexsmith

Peggy Spofford

Joe Zandlo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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