Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Names  Jennifer Gisler as Chief Growth Officer


January 9, 2020 [Smithtown, New York]: The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, announced the appointment of Jennifer Gisler as chief growth officer effective October 2019. In this role, Gisler will design, lead and implement a sustainable development strategy that encompasses multiple channels with a goal of increasing philanthropic revenue from a diverse portfolio of national supporters to advance the missions of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. 

Gisler joins the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs after serving as senior director of development at St. Joseph’s College where she provided strategic direction and managed a comprehensive fundraising program that included major gifts, annual fund, planned giving and special events.

Prior to St. Joseph’s College, Gisler served as director of development for Stony Brook Medicine. In this position, she developed and managed a comprehensive fundraising program for the Heart Institute and School of Medicine.

“I am delighted to be working with two organizations that make such a significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities,” Gisler said. “It is an exciting time for both organizations and I look forward to working with our donors, volunteers and team to help continue the growth and momentum.” 

“Jennifer has embraced the mission and values of the organizations, and we’re thrilled to have her join our team,” said John Miller, president and CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. “We are very confident that Jennifer has the experience and passion to drive both organizations’ success to further our missions.”

About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States.  VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence.  It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.

America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org), has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving clients from across the United States and Canada. The Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  Its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, trains and provides guide, service, and hearing dogs for disabled veterans and first responders.

The Guide Dog Foundation was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

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