Investing in PSDP

For the discerning investor in the public good, we’ve provided some details to show you why PSDP represents a solid opportunity for returns on your investment!

Q. If you’re an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, how do you invest my hard-earned money?

Graphic: Mission Statement: Psychiatric Service Dog Partners' purpose is to promote the mental health of people using service dogs for psychiatric disabilities by educating, advocating, providing expertise, facilitating peer support, and promoting responsible service dog training and handling.A. Smart question! A nonprofit organization is still a “business”, with everyday expenses (like stamps, website fees, and printing of educational handouts) that are needed to achieve the group’s mission. What we love about being a nonprofit is that our mission isn’t about maximizing a financial return on investment, but on maximizing the very personal impact we have in people’s lives! We welcome you to join us in making an impact through your donations or involvement.

In the 2014–15 fiscal year, 78¢ out of every dollar we spent went directly to programming: the activities and resources through which we accomplish our mission. The programming percentage has been even higher in the years since, even reaching 99.7%, thanks to our all-volunteer nature. While public perceptions vary, experts generally agree that 65% is an acceptable minimum for a responsible nonprofit’s programming expenses.* Clearly, we’re serious about being good stewards of your donated dollars!

Graphic: 78¢ out of every $1, straight to programming. PSDP's 2014–15 programming support costs pale in comparison with our direct programming expenses!

From top-notch to better yet, PSDP has been even more efficient with your donations in recent years!

Our small, but mighty group invests these programming dollars largely into expanding our diverse outreach activities (including public and corporate education), leveraging advocacy pressure along the arc of justice, holding an amazing annual service dog convention, and maintaining and bettering our website resources. This site has had well over half a million views just in its first three years.

Believe us, numbers like this are amazing for our niche! However, most people get a better feeling for the deep effects our resources have in the lives of real people by enjoying our personal impact stories. The cold facts tell your brain we’re a success, but the warm stories really tell your heart that we’re a good home for your investment. They’ll make your answer to Brad’s Question easy!

We simply can’t do it alone. We need your help because we’re reaching limits you can help us overcome. We can’t thank you enough for your contributions toward:

• technology to support our website as the vanguard of information on psychiatric service dogs—and to support our videography and photography to grab people’s attention among all the social media noise

• annual convention support, including for scholarships (financial barriers can easily stand between community members and this transformative experience)

outreach to spread much-needed awareness to prospective service dog users, businesses, and the general public (not only do we need materials like flyers to hand out, but we need to get volunteers to outreach events)

advocacy travel expenses (we find ourselves needing to travel up the road to Washington, DC more and more)

If you have any questions or would like more information about PSDP, feel free to contact us, review our GuideStar and Great Nonprofits entries, or see our tax/financial documents below. We love that you want to make the world better through us!

This group was instrumental in getting me the help I needed. I now am in the process of training a valuable service dog that I would have never even considered otherwise. My life has significantly improved and PDSP facilitated my healing process. –Avery R.'s review on Great Nonprofits

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Tax/financial documents…

Note: PSDP’s fiscal year (“FY”) runs between July 1st and June 30th. PSDP’s Employer Identification Number (EIN/Tax ID) is 47-3386023

501(c)(3) determination letter: Demonstrates our federal tax-exempt status and donors’ tax-deduction authority for contributions.

Budgets: Display our anticipated expense and income breakdowns in numerical and graphic formats.

FY 2020-21 Budget

FY 2019–20 Budget

FY 2018–19 Budget

Financial reports: Display our expense and income breakdowns in numerical and graphic formats, with explanations.

FY 2019–20 Financial Report

FY 2018–19 Financial Report

FY 2017–18 Financial Report

FY 2016–17 Financial Report

Federal tax filing: Our “e-Postcard” federal tax filing (or confirmation of that filing) from July 1st of the year indicated through June 30th of the subsequent year.

2020 Form 990-N

2019 Form 990-N

2018 Form 990-N

2017 Form 990-N

2016 Form 990-N

2015 Form 990-N

2014 Form 990-N


* Charity Navigator notes that one study found members of the public to expect (on average) around 78% of a nonprofit’s budget to be spent on programming, even though this is a very high percentage! The Charities Review Council recommends 65% as a minimum to be spent on programming, and such figures are often best taken as an average over three years to allow for yearly fluctuations in infrastructure development for stronger positioning of the organization to handle future challenges.

Please understand that while PSDP meets all the listing criteria it’s able to for the multitude of charity watchdog groups such as those two just mentioned, as a small nonprofit we only have the resources and infrastructure to gain listings among websites that are amenable to nonprofits our size, such as GuideStar Exchange and Great Nonprofits. In contrast with the Charities Review Council and Charity Navigator, respectively, the sites on which PSDP is listed do not charge for their listings or require that we fill out the full IRS form 990, suitable for the largest nonprofits that receive at least $200,000/year. Let’s stay wise with where we spend our time and money!

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Top-Rated 2015–2020!

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Badge graphic: 2018 Top-Rated GreatNonprofits Nonprofit; Volunteer. Donate. Review.Badge: GreatNonprofits 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit. Volunteer. Donate. Review.

Badge: GreatNonprofits 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit. Volunteer. Donate. Review.