Service Dogs for America's Heroes

Brookeville, MD   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 27-0887317


Hero Dogs improves the quality of life of our nation's heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge, with lifetime support of the partnerships.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Nikki Charles

Main address

PO Box 64

Brookeville, MD 20833 USA

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Subject area info

Animal therapy

Special population support

Independent living for people with disabilities

Population served info

People with disabilities


NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2014, there were 3.8 million Veterans with a service-connected disability rating. Of this number, 1.1 million had a rating of 70 percent or higher. Additionally, there are thousands of other Veterans and first responders who have non-service-connected injuries or currently have a disability. Some of these include: blindness, hearing loss, amputated or loss of use of limbs; spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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?

Puppy Raising Program

Obtaining suitable canine candidates, recruiting volunteer foster homes to raise and care for puppies, providing veterinary care and supplies for puppies in program, providing support to volunteer puppy raisers, providing group and individual instruction to volunteer puppy raisers to aid them in raising and training their service puppy candidates.

Population(s) Served

Providing professional training to service dog candidates who have completed the puppy program, including housing, veterinary care, and supplies for service dog candidates.  Meeting or exceeding all applicable training standards defined as industry best practices and required for accreditation.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

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.

In many cases, service dogs can significantly improve quality of life and help to restore independence to a person with a disability.
The positive impact service dogs have on individuals who are disabled is well-documented (Hall, MacMichael, Turner, Mills, 2017) . A service dog not only assists with physical tasks that may be difficult or impossible for a person with a disability to accomplish, but also can perform tasks to assist with mental health challenges.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23.19 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HERO DOGS 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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $96,007 $267,639 $342,346 $516,807 $4,978
As % of expenses 14.9% 35.8% 37.8% 56.0% 0.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $66,842 $238,835 $306,826 $476,751 -$19,022
As % of expenses 9.9% 30.8% 32.6% 49.5% -2.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $660,665 $1,027,048 $1,093,297 $1,217,863 $1,157,487
Total revenue, % change over prior year -24.6% 55.5% 6.5% 11.4% -5.0%
Program services revenue 0.2% 0.4% 0.5% 0.2% 0.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 3.6% 3.4% 4.0% 3.3% 4.6%
Government grants 0.0% 34.0% 36.1% 39.3% 40.7%
All other grants and contributions 86.2% 61.5% 59.3% 57.2% 54.4%
Other revenue 0.9% 0.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $645,523 $747,216 $904,497 $923,640 $891,534
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.8% 15.8% 21.0% 2.1% -3.5%
Personnel 68.4% 71.2% 75.7% 79.4% 73.1%
Professional fees 8.5% 2.6% 4.8% 0.9% 3.0%
Occupancy 9.8% 8.1% 7.5% 6.3% 7.2%
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 13.3% 18.1% 12.0% 13.3% 16.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $674,688 $776,020 $940,017 $963,696 $915,534
One month of savings $53,794 $62,268 $75,375 $76,970 $74,295
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $105,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $85,100 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $728,482 $838,288 $1,100,492 $1,145,666 $989,829

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.0 6.2 6.9 3.5 7.1
Months of cash and investments 23.5 23.5 22.4 27.3 28.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.6 21.8 21.4 27.7 28.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $269,153 $386,380 $520,130 $270,860 $526,413
Investments $992,424 $1,077,285 $1,168,887 $1,829,642 $1,609,542
Receivables $55,930 $144,662 $71,614 $63,675 $45,432
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $240,095 $254,675 $339,775 $343,003 $328,165
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.8% 47.9% 46.3% 57.6% 63.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.5% 4.1% 8.1% 2.1% 2.5%
Unrestricted net assets $1,253,126 $1,491,961 $1,798,787 $2,275,538 $2,256,516
Temporarily restricted net assets $184,651 $205,972 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $184,651 $205,972 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,437,777 $1,697,933 $1,798,787 $2,275,538 $2,256,516

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Principal Officer

Nikki Charles

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 11/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Thene Martin

Jim Crimmins

Thene Martin

Randi Kaplan

Ken Murray

Marian Block

Tara Doyle

Irene Kim

Wilder Leavitt

D'Ann Melnick

Victoria Van de Vate

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 ? Yes
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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