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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Serving Those Who Need Us Most

aka Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs   |   NAPLES, FL   |  www.goldenpaws.org

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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

EIN: 27-3385763


Mission

Mission and Vision Statement: Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization provides highly skilled service or assistance dogs to combat wounded Veterans, first responders, and children with life-changing disabilities. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs are always placed at no cost to those they serve. Our program integrates our service dog training philosophy and methodology with our commitment to community service. With four highly acclaimed community outreach programs, our dogs are our partners in healing for both our recipients and our community. Our beautiful and talented service dogs are specifically bred to excel in caring for their life partners.

Notes from the nonprofit

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a respected and sustainable organization that creates meaningful impacts for service dog recipients while making lasting contributions in support of our community and those we serve. We provide education and community outreach in support of our mission through canine assisted therapy and ambassador dog programs. Our extraordinary Golden and Labrador Retrievers are the common denominator in all our work.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jeannie C. Bates

Main address

3645 Gateway Lane

NAPLES, FL 34109 USA

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EIN

27-3385763

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

People with physical disabilities

Veterans

Emergency responders

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs aims to provide veterans, first responders, and children with disabilities a lifeline of support through their partnership with trained assistance dogs. These furry companions offer emotional assistance, boost independence, and enhance overall well-being, addressing the challenges faced by these individuals. Through unwavering companionship, specialized training, and unconditional love, Golden PAWS aims to alleviate isolation, empower individuals to navigate daily tasks, and promote a higher quality of life for those who have served or are dealing with disabilities.

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?

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans, First Responders and Disabled Children

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs raises, trains and gifts highly skilled service dogs to combat wounded veterans and first responders. Golden PAWS also considers children who have a life-changing physical disability.

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or take a specific action when needed to assist a person with their disability. Our two year training program ensures our highly skilled and intuitive canines meet the specific mobility assistance and other physical needs of each recipient including picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving items including medical supplies, carrying items and assisting with balance and stability. Golden PAWS provides our dogs at NO COST to the recipient, while committing to any other expense the recipient may incur in providing the dog a safe and secure home environment. Our goal is to ensure a healthy and productive life for the partnership.

Population(s) Served

CLEPP brings at-risk children and dogs together in our schools and libraries to promote literacy skills while providing character and citizenship educational programs.

Our target audience is children ages 4 – 12 who are in educationally disadvantaged situations. These children, often faced with low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and social skills, shine under the loving guidance of our dogs and highly trained handlers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

GPACT consists of highly trained canine teams ready to mobilize on short notice to provide hope, healing and recovery in crisis situations where grief, PTSD and anxiety are widespread. Our teams are deployed to work side by side with skilled therapists and trained professionals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Substance abusers
Chronically ill people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Voice in Recovery 2014

David Lawrence Center

Corporate Citizenship Award 2015

New Beginnings School

Purple Heart Facility 2020

Chapter 696 Military Order of Purple Heart

Affiliations & memberships

Purple Heart Facility designated by Chapter 696 Military Order of Purple Heart 2020

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 service dogs trained and placed

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

People with disabilities, Veterans, Age groups

Related Program

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans, First Responders and Disabled Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On average the cost to train and place a Golden PAWS service dog is $80,000, which is 50% below the industry average. We have a 98% successful placement rate which is twice the national average.

Number of Student Contacts in Children's Literacy and Education PAWS Project

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

Children and youth

Related Program

CLEPP - Children's Literacy and Education PAWS Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our success is not just measured by improved student performance, but also by positive feedback received from educators and the increasing number of requests for this program.

The number of volunteer hours in Community Outreach and service dog training

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

Veterans, People with physical disabilities, Age groups

Related Program

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans, First Responders and Disabled Children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These figures represent the number of hours volunteers have committed to service dog training and our community outreach programs.

Number of Contacts made by Golden PAWS Assistance Crisis Team participants

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

Adults, Children, Chronically ill people, Substance abusers

Related Program

GPACT - Golden PAWS Assistance Crisis Team

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our fully trained and highly experienced GPACT teams provide canine assisted therapy in clinical settings and in emergency/crisis situations.

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.

The demand for Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs within our community and for our beneficiaries is experiencing a rapid surge. Our goal is to meet this escalating need head-on by striving to place more skilled and compassionate dogs than ever before. As the challenges faced by veterans, first responders and children with lifechanging disabilities continue to evolve, so does our commitment to making a lasting impact. By expanding our placements and amplifying our impact, we aim to transform more lives, foster greater independence, and enhance the overall quality of life for those we serve. With unwavering dedication, we embark on this journey to create a brighter future, guided by the unwavering support of our community, partners, and advocates. Together, we are determined to make profound differences through the remarkable power of human-canine partnerships.

As the demand for Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs grows within the community and among recipients, our organization is committed to implementing innovative strategies for an even stronger impact. We will focus on expanding our training programs and enhancing community engagement. By refining our training processes, we ensure that each assistance dog is equipped with the highest skills to meet diverse recipient needs. Moreover, fostering community engagement through awareness campaigns and volunteer initiatives will not only increase support but also nurture a network of understanding and compassion. As we evolve, Golden PAWS will remain dedicated to improving lives through the incredible power of assistance dogs, enriching the lives of both recipients and the community at large.

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs remains committed to expanding public awareness of our vital mission through active community engagement and the nurturing of valuable partnerships. Through our unwavering dedication, we have woven a tapestry of connections that amplify the impact of our cause. Collaborations with schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations have allowed us to weave an intricate web of mutual support, strengthening our outreach and program sustainability. As we stride forward, our focus on fostering empathy, understanding, and support within the community drives us, ensuring that our message resonates widely and deeply. Together, with our community partners, we forge ahead, united by a shared vision, changing lives, one Golden PAWS Service Dog at a time.

When Golden PAWS was founded in 2012, we made a commitment to adhere to specific Core Values. These values guide us in our devotion to serve both our community and the veterans, first responders, and children we serve. Our Core Values inspire and guide us in all we do.

We believe that we have an undying obligation to ensure the health and safety of the Golden Retrievers and Labradors in our care and, ultimately this extends to those we serve.

Like the heroes and warriors, we hold true to our values and love for our Southwest Florida Community and our Golden PAWS family.

Our team makes a commitment every day to do better than the last. Dedication and service defines the character of our organization and commitment to serve those who need us most. We will forever remain dedicated to the brave warriors, first responder heroes and the children who depend on us.

Our volunteers, our supporters, staff and our dogs stand ready to serve.

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.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

1.87

Average of 124.07 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

27.2

Average of 21.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7%

Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

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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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs’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 $751,574 $438,282 $6,278,546 $3,121,181 $1,327,409
As % of expenses 96.8% 47.6% 563.5% 292.8% 107.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $746,554 $432,474 $6,264,094 $3,112,488 $1,265,116
As % of expenses 95.5% 46.7% 555.0% 289.6% 97.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,497,746 $8,725,976 $1,270,825 $3,670,709 $2,466,137
Total revenue, % change over prior year 27.2% 482.6% -85.4% 188.8% -32.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 7.7% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.7% 92.2% 93.9% 99.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 3.3% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $776,757 $921,060 $1,114,207 $1,065,923 $1,235,549
Total expenses, % change over prior year 28.4% 18.6% 21.0% -4.3% 15.9%
Personnel 42.9% 48.0% 55.6% 52.9% 51.6%
Professional fees 6.4% 4.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 10.0% 9.0% 12.5% 12.5% 9.5%
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 40.6% 38.4% 31.9% 34.6% 38.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $781,777 $926,868 $1,128,659 $1,074,616 $1,297,842
One month of savings $64,730 $76,755 $92,851 $88,827 $102,962
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $5,431 $374,093 $6,238,986 $3,159,955 $1,825,806
Total full costs (estimated) $851,938 $1,377,716 $7,460,496 $4,323,398 $3,226,610

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 26.9 51.7 27.3 38.7 27.2
Months of cash and investments 26.9 51.7 27.3 38.7 27.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 23.9 21.0 17.8 23.1 22.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,740,120 $3,966,149 $2,537,714 $3,438,791 $2,800,955
Investments $274 $1,015 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $83,500 $5,384,022 $639,787 $283,831 $713,950
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $36,425 $388,658 $6,627,477 $9,787,432 $11,613,238
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 66.2% 2.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 1.1% 0.2% 8.5% 10.1%
Unrestricted net assets $1,558,345 $1,990,818 $8,254,912 $11,367,400 $12,632,516
Temporarily restricted net assets $275,715 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 $275,715 $7,642,349 $1,520,421 $1,004,026 $907,205
Total net assets $1,834,060 $9,735,819 $9,775,333 $12,371,426 $13,539,721

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jeannie C. Bates

Jeannie Bates is an accomplished dog trainer and founder of Golden PAWS. Her inspiration to establish a service dog training program in 2012 sprang from her desire to help fill the ever increasing and complex needs of our post 9/11 combat wounded veterans. While other therapy and assistance dog programs exist, there are long waiting lists for their services, and many gaps exist that leave out deserving individuals whose lives would be changed by these talented, effective animals. Additionally, many larger organizations train all of their dogs in an identical fashion for the sake of efficiency. Under Jeannie's guidance a team of professional dog trainers and dedicated volunteers begins the Golden PAWS training process with specially-bred golden and lab retriever puppies and implements individualized training for 2 plus years. Great care goes into placing the right dog for the specific needs of each recipient and further customizing training after a partnership is made.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Kyle Reed

Donna Sisia-Hagan

Kyle Reed

Stacey Moody

Ken Meyer

Jeannie Bates

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? 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 8/22/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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