Fund-A-Need for GDA!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Our Fund-A-Need Campaign goal is to fulfill our Wish List of items for our programs. More than 30 items are on our list, starting at just $20, to benefit our nursery, puppy, veterinary, kennel, training, and student services departments, plus sponsorship opportunities and commemorative gifts. And we’re offering the opportunity to spend a day with our trainers! View all Fund-A-Need items at

GDA’s Fund-A-Need Campaign is open December 1 – December 31

Your donation will support our program that provides professionally trained guide dogs and instruction in their use at no cost to blind and visually impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

This holiday season think outside the box!

Instead of struggling to decide what to buy for someone you love, how about making an online contribution to Guide Dogs of America in his or her honor? Your generous gift will help the school and allow you to bring your loved ones into a world you care deeply about.

All of the items in our Holiday Fund-A-Need Campaign make it possible for us to continue to provide an invaluable service to the visually impaired community in the United States and Canada. Plus, your donation is a tax deduction and the end of 2015 is just around the corner!

Spread the word!

Visit the Fund-A-Need website at now and share your favorite items from our Wish List. A post about GDA’s Fund-A-Need on Facebook, a tweet, or an email will help. If you tell two friends and they tell two more friends, then we’ll have a successful campaign.

And follow GDA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share our posts!

Please note: This is NOT an auction. Everything in our Holiday Campaign is either “Fund-A-Need” or “Sponsorship.” Simply put, your donation will be used to purchase items for use by Guide Dogs of America.

Puppy sleeping with face in food bowl
Your $50 donation will provide food for one Guide Dogs of America dog for one month!
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Spread Christmas joy and help fund our programs with your donation this year.


Guide Dog FAQs

Q: What is the cost of providing a guide dog?
A: Approximately $42,000 or more, which includes the cost of training the dog and providing instruction for the guide dog user.

Q: How much does it cost to get a guide dog?
A: Nothing. We provide our guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired men and women.

Q: Does the school get financial assistance from the government?
A: We receive no State or Federal money; we rely solely on voluntary contributions.


Think #Give2GDAday on #GivingTuesday!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. On December 1, try #GivingTuesday on for size! People around the world will come together virtually on Tuesday, December 1, to celebrate generosity and to give to their favorite charities. Join the movement and kick-off the holiday season by giving to Guide Dogs of America’s annual Holiday Fund-A-Need Campaign, which supports our program that provides professionally trained guide dogs at no cost to blind and visually impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

Winner selected for 2015 Harley Davidson

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Tim Buck of New Castle, PA. His ticket was pulled by GDA graduate Teresa Blevins during the 35th annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet held Saturday, November 21, at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When his ticket was pulled, Mr. Buck was not in attendance at the banquet in Las Vegas, but across the country at another event supporting Guide Dogs of America. Mr. Buck was attending the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 98 casino night fundraiser for GDA in York, PA when he received the news by phone that he won the motorcycle!


Puppy Calendar Raises Funds For GDA

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

On sale now: Guide Dogs of America’s South Bay Puppy Raiser Group’s 2016 calendar!

22nd Annual Hawgs for Dogs Poker Run

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Please join Hawgs for Dogs West Coast Chapter on Sunday, October 17, for the 22nd Annual Hawgs for Dogs Poker Run to benefit Guide Dogs of America. Open to All Bikes, All Riders. Run with the dogs, or sit on the porch!

Local Lodge 912 17th Annual Golf Outing

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Please join IAM Local Lodge 912 for their 17th Annual Golf Outing to benefit Guide Dogs of America. Eighteen holes of golf with cart, prizes, and skins set for Friday, October 2, 2015 at The Mill Golf Course in Cincinnati, Ohio followed by a cookout.

Theatre “Tickets for Charity” Benefits GDA

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Tehachapi Community Theatre’s opening night performance of “The Miracle Worker” will benefit Guide Dogs of America. Through its “Tickets for Charity” program, TCT donated 42 tickets to the August 28 performance of the classic story of Anne Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who is blind and deaf.

Volunteers find a penny, pick it up for GDA!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America volunteers and puppy raisers Helen and Richard Lau recently made a generous $170 donation to our program. The donation was built bit by bit from money found during their walks with their dogs in their community and on vacation. Helen reports that it took the couple about two years to fill their donation jar. Thank you Helen and Richard for your volunteer efforts, your creativity, and your generous support for Guide Dogs of America!

4th Annual Robert Martinez, Jr. Golf Invitational

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

You are cordially invited to join IAM&AW District Lodge #70 for the 4th Annual Robert Martinez, Jr. Golf Invitational, a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America, on Monday, September 28, 2015 at Terradyne Country Club in Andover, Kansas.

35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

You are cordially invited to Guide Dogs of America’s 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet to celebrate our 67th anniversary and honor the 2015 recipients of The Gift of Sight Award:

  • Mr. Robert Roach, Jr. – General Secretary-Treasurer IAM&AW
  • Mr. John Granger II – Graystone Consulting


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