Better Business Bureau Report for
Paws for Freedom, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Paws for Freedom, Inc.
Address: 18700 182nd St.
  Tonganoxie, KS 66086
Phone: 913-208-6326
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2005, Kansas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Paws for Freedom, Inc.'s mission is to help children with disabilities help people with disabilities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Paws for Freedom, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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PFF offers animal assisted therapy to children with learning disabilities through its after school program, Student Trainer and Retriever Teams (S.T.A.R.T.) Club. Through learning how to train service dogs for people who use wheelchairs, the student trainers acquire future employment skills: better communication skills, dependability and consistency. To date, PFF has had 49 students in its program. Fifteen service dogs, four facility therapy dogs & one companion dog have been placed.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, Paws for Freedom, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Lea Ann Shearer, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Dee Dee Lowland
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Program Director, Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 3

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, internet
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $77,622, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Paws for Freedom, Inc.'s IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, Gifts, Grants 52,472
Program Service Revenue 40,062
Fundraising Events, Net 25,150
Miscellaneous 2,869
Investment income 59
Total Income $120,612


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $120,612
Program expenses $93,115
Fund raising expenses 17,835
Administrative expenses 6,759
Total expenses $117,709
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,903
Beginning net assets 23,742
Ending net assets 26,645
Total liabilities 18,535
Total assets $45,180

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