Leader Dog Receives High Honors

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2015 »   

We are proud to announce that Leader Dogs for the Blind received high accolades from several organizations in the past year.

National Accreditation for Blind and Low Vision Services

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Leader Dogs for the Blind has been accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) for applying best practices and delivering services that focus on positive outcomes for our clients. We are the first guide dog organization to achieve accreditation by NAC, which is the only international accrediting body devoted to serving organizations that provide programs for people who are blind and those with low vision.

Upon evaluation, the NAC found our Accelerated Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Training and Summer Experience Camp programs met or exceeded industry standards for the administration and service provision.

4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator

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Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates charities based on fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency gave us a 4-star award indicating that Leader Dog “adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way… This ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates Leader Dogs for the Blind from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Charity Navigator awards a 4-star rating to only about 25% of the charities it evaluates. View the complete rating report on Charity Navigator.

GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant

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In May, we became a Gold Participant on the GuideStar Exchange. GuideStar’s goal is to present a nonprofit’s information in an easy-to-understand format, not to rate them in the manner of Charity Navigator. They gather and disseminate information about every U.S. nonprofit registered with the IRS.

To obtain Gold level, organizations must go beyond simply providing financial information (this will get Silver status) and complete a Charting Impact report that includes the goals, strategies, capabilities and progress of the organization.

View our GuideStar summary.

Crain's Best Managed Nonprofit

Leader Dogs for the Blind was a finalist in the 2014 Crain’s Best Managed Nonprofit contest. The focus for 2014 was good management practices. We were highlighted in the December 1 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business. To read the article, go to crainsdetroit.com/section/best_managed_nonprofits_2014.