Guide Dogs for the Blind

Registered Name
Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc
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Guide Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog school located in the United States, with campuses in San Rafael, California, and Boring, Oregon. It was founded in 1942 by Lois Merrihew and Don Donaldson to help veterans who had been blinded in World War II. Guide Dogs for the Blind has about 2000 Guide Dog teams across the United States and Canada.

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Annual Budget
June 2019
+8% Growth
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Guide Dog School


Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is the largest guide dog school in north america. for 76 years, GDB's goal has remained the same: to increase independence, mobility, safety, and inclusion for individuals who are blind or have low vision. GDB is able to achieve this goal thanks to a passionate community of staff, donors, and volunteers. In fact, since GDB's founding, our amazing community has helped support the creation of more than 14,000 guide dog teams. The comprehensive program services provided by GDB are free of charge to those it serves, and includes: the cost of the guide dog; client transportation to and from its campuses in California and Oregon for two weeks of in-residence training; and comprehensive post-graduate support. GDB offers its graduates a world-class alumni association; financial assistance for veterinary care, as needed; in-person follow-up visits; access to a dedicated support center, and other benefits. This year GDB trained 295 guide teams and supported 2,125 alumni free of charge.


Christine Benninger President and CEO
Joan Boyd Chair
Von Summers Vice Chair - Finance
Tom Kowalski Vice Chair
Steve Mansfield Secretary
M. Cathy Martin CFO and Treasurer
Greg Rice Director
Laura Imeson Director
Len Almalech Director
Jack Scott Director
George Kerscher Director
Andy Mathieson Director
Melissa Hudson Director
Deborah Kendrick Director
Thomas Horton Vice President Philanthropy
Laura Peabody-park Director Information Technology
Brent Ruppel Vice President of Community Operations
Katherine Petcavich Vice President of Human Resources
Rachel Long Vice President of Canine & Veterinary Operations
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