Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. doing business as Dogs for Better Lives (EIN 93-0681311) is registered as a non-profit corporation and qualifies as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Financial documents are available upon request
To request a copy of the current IRS 990 or our annual audit, please call us at (541) 826-9220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view and download a copy of the most recent audited financial statement, click HERE. You may also view and download a copy of the current IRS 990 by clicking HERE.
Dogs for Better Lives’ fiscal year runs July to June and the organization publishes an annual report in January. The annual report features finacials and highlights individual donors, corporate partners, foundations, community groups, and other special contributors to Dogs for Better Lives. To review our 2018-19 annual report, please click on the image to the right. If you should have questions about the annual report please contact Harvey Potts at (541) 826-9220 or here.
100% Funding Model
100% of your donation supports programmatic services. Administrative and fundraising expenses are fully funded by our endowment, specifically the interest earned from DBL’s long-standing investments made possible by our Guardian Society donors.
Charity Navigator 4-star Rating
National watchdog group Charity Navigator has awarded DBL with the highest rating for financial health and accountability (4-Star) for the past six consecutive years, an accomplishment attained by only 8% of nonprofits. (see attached letter)
According to Charity Navigator, there are approximately 1.6 million nonprofits registered in the US. They have rated a subset of those (9,241) that meet the following guidelines:
- 501c3 status
- At least $1 million in revenue for two consecutive years.
- In existence at least 7 years, with corresponding 990s.
- Based in the US
- At least $500,000 in public support
- At least 1% of expenses allocated to fundraising for three or more years.
- At least 1% of expenses allocated to admin for three or more years.
Dogs for Better Lives is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, and security of Donor personal information through complying with applicable laws and implementing charitable institution best practices. The purpose of this policy is to inform you of how we use and manage Donor information.
The Donor information that you provide to Dogs for Better Lives is used only to process and acknowledge your donation. Dogs for Better Lives will never sell, trade or rent your personal information to any other individuals or companies. Additionally, Dogs for Better Lives does not and will not send mailings on behalf of other organizations or charities.
Furthermore, when you make a donation in memory of or in honor of a loved one or friend, Dogs for Better Lives will not share your name with that person unless you authorize us to do so.
Dogs for the Deaf only collects the personal information necessary to complete your donation and this applies to both online and by mail donations.
Dogs for the Deaf received an unqualified opinion on the annual financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. This is the highest level of opinion that can be issued by our auditors, Aiken & Sanders, Inc.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and Animal Charities of America (ACA)
- CFC is an annual fundraising drive held by federal employees and military personnel each year to help charities. Donations are made through payroll deduction. Dogs for Better Lives is listed in the “Animal Charities of America” section, #10969.
- Animal Charities of America (ACA) is a non-profit organization that pre-screens high quality animal related charities and presents them for your giving consideration.
Through the generous support of CFC and ACA, Dogs for Better Lives is able to continue to rescue dogs from shelters and train them to help people with a variety of disabilities and challenges.
Best in America Seal of Excellence
After rigorous independent review by Independent Charities of America, Dogs for the Better Lives has been awarded the Best in America Seal of Excellence. Dogs for Better Lives met the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness to be eligible to receive this seal. Of the approximately 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal. Dogs for Better Lives is very proud to be in this select group.
Compliance registration with state regulations
Most states require national charities to register with their states. Some states have specific information that is required to allow donors to access information about the charities filing with their state. Our philosophy at Dogs for Better Lives has always been to be extremely diligent in following state and federal rules and regulations. In order to continue this due diligence, we are posting the below information here on our website because various states are now requiring that we include it in all informational correspondence we send out.
Florida: A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
- Maryland: A copy of the current financial statement of Dogs for Better Lives is available by writing 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502 or calling 1-800-990-3647. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD, 21401, 410-974-5534.
- Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Dogs for Better Lives may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement by the Secretary of State.
- New Jersey: Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable solicitation and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose may be obtained from the Attorney General of New Jersey by calling 973-504-6215 and is available on the internet at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.
- New York: A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from Dogs for Better Lives or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
- North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
- Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Dogs for Better Lives may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
- Virginia: The official registration and financial information of Dogs for Better Lives may be obtained from the Virginia State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer affairs at PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218 upon request. Registration does not imply endorsement.
- Washington: The official registration and financial information of Dogs for Better Lives may be obtained from the Washington Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-800-332-GIVE. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement by the Secretary of State.
- West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia, 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.