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ISSUE 13 August 12TH, 2021

Ethan sits on a bench hugging his yellow Lab guide dog Ginsburg

Cool in School!

College classes are just around the corner for freshman Ethan Edwards, and he’s looking forward to campus life at Illinois State. The 18-year-old journalism major and recent GDB grad, has been traversing the campus with his guide dog Ginsburg mapping out walking routes to prepare for the fall semester.  

Elana sits in a park with her guide dog Lynna

College Bound

GDB graduate Elana Regan is counting the months until she’s off to Brandeis University with her guide dog, Lynna. Elana says her time at Camp GDB in 2019 confirmed her desire to pursue the guide dog lifestyle so she could have a guide dog when she starts college this January.

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A group photo of campers at Camp GDB at the trailhead of a hiking path

Happy Campers Explore the Guide Dog Lifestyle

The dog days of summer are upon us, and that can mean only one thing: time for Camp GDB! Our most recent camp held near our Oregon campus, gave young adults ages 18 to 24 the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live and work with a guide dog.

GDB Grad Dimitrios walking his yellow Lab guide dog Cami

Grateful Grad Says Donors and Staff Touched His Heart

With tears in his eyes, recent GDB graduate Dimitrios Kouniaris says “words can’t even express” how appreciative and incredibly grateful he is to GDB for his guide dog Cami and the donors who helped fund his training class on the Oregon campus. Dimitrios wrote a letter thanking the donors, saying “your outstanding donation contributed to my gift of independence, that has changed my life forever!”

Three people and a retired black Lab guide dog

A Delicious GDB Collaboration

At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we have a culture of collaboration and problem solving that is inherent to all that we do. This spirit of teamwork was on full display recently when our Kitchen team on the California campus worked with our Veterinary, Training, and Foster Care Departments to care for one very special now-retired guide dog.


GDB Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Guide Dogs for the Blind’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have once again earned us a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“Guide Dogs for the Blind’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. People can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Guide Dogs for the Blind.”

Christine Benninger, President and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind says GDB is thrilled to receive the 4-star rating once again. “This demonstrates to our supporters GDB’s good governance and financial accountability.”

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