Guide Dogs responds to the True and Fair Foundation’s report on charity spending
12 Dec 2015
We believe that the figures in the True and Fair Foundation’s report are inaccurate and misleading. What the report has deemed as non-charitable expenditure can be linked to trading, fundraising, sales of assets or building reserves, which generate additional income and help donations to go further. Naturally there are expenses involved in running a charity, but they make additional money for Guide Dogs and without their contribution, we would have less to spend on our life-changing work.
We are now enabling more people with sight loss to feel independent and supported in the world than ever before – 5,811 people in 2014 alone. Last year, we also made the streets safer for guide dog owners with our campaigns. We were the driving force behind making an attack on an assistance dog an offence in England and Wales under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, and campaigned for a change in law that will make microchipping all dogs compulsory in Wales and England by 2016.
As the guide dog service does not receive any government funding, we rely on donations from individuals to continue to fund our life-changing work. We will continue to carefully monitor our financial position.
If you would like to find out more here is a full explanation of the figures in the report.