Better Business Bureau Report for
Paws with Purpose

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 and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Paws with Purpose
Address: P.O. 7834
  Louisville, KY 40257
Phone: 502-689-0804
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2003, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Paws with Purpose (PWP) is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing professionally trained, highly skilled service dogs and continued support throughout the partnership.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Paws with Purpose meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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PWP trains service dogs for placement with qualified recipients who are experiencing some form of disability and are in need of assistance to improve their quality of life. We have puppies in training in the Puppy Prison Program at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, and we have part-time trainers who work with the puppies on the weekends. We regularly do presentations at local schools and religious and civic groups throughout the community to increase awareness about our organization, and we are working to establish a therapy dog program at the VA Hospital.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Paws with Purpose's program expenses were:

Placement of service dogs 67,557
Total Program Expenses: $67,557
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Chief Executive : Sheilah Abramson Miles, President

Chair of the Board: Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 3

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $132,823, 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 with Purpose's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and grants 97,583
Fundraising 35,240
Miscellaneous income 2,093
Total Income $134,916


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $134,916
Program expenses $67,557
Fund raising expenses 2,682
Administrative expenses 11,714
Total expenses $81,953
Income in Excess of Expenses 52,963
Beginning net assets 68,012
Ending net assets 120,975
Total liabilities 14,973
Total assets $135,948

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