PLATINUM2023

Unity Farm Sanctuary

Kindness and Compassion

SHERBORN, MA   |  www.unityfarmsanctuary.org

Mission

Unity Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) farm animal sanctuary. The mission of Unity Farm Sanctuary is to provide a safe and loving lifelong home for farm animals, to offer the public unique educational programs, and to promote a culture of kindness and connection. In furtherance of its mission, Unity Farm Sanctuary holds free or low-cost educational workshops and training sessions for members of the public, which may include educators and students, as well as school and educational groups. Internships and community service hours under supervision are offered where volunteers participate in the care of the rescued animals. Unity Farm Sanctuary works with other community organizations for the rehabilitation of abused or mistreated farm animals.

Ruling year info

2017

President

John Halamka

Executive Director

Kathy Halamka

Main address

17 UNITY LN

SHERBORN, MA 01770 USA

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EIN

81-4984951

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Joy, hope, kindness and compassion are always at the forefront of our thinking at the Sanctuary. By working together with the community on topics such as compassionate farm animal care, sustainable organic farming practices, the power of kindness, and the value of volunteerism, we seek positive changes for animals and people alike. Unity Farm Sanctuary formally began in December 2016. Residents here include alpaca, llamas, horses, ponies, miniature horses, sheep, cows, goats, pigs and a vast array of feathered friends. We cannot rescue every surrender request: so we network with the community and other vegan organizations to help as many farm animals as possible find loving, lifelong homes. Working toward a positive future, we host Sanctuary Tours, humane educational workshops, wellness and creativity retreats, and are particularly proud of volunteer opportunities for adults, and students as young as 10 accompanied by an adult.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sanctuary Volunteer Program

Volunteers are provided guidance and supervision to build skills in the care of rescued farm animals. The work is therapeutic for both the volunteer and the animal. Internships are part of the program, and community service hours also.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

AM hands-on opportunity to work on your animal care skills and learn more about rescued farm animals. Each week, we will learn skills such as safety around farm animals, cleaning pens and stalls, grooming, feeding, and socializing with the animals—all with an educational component that teaches about the lives and stories of our amazing farm animal residents. Participants will be supervised by staff and volunteers at all times.

Population(s) Served
Preteens

Are you a budding animal advocate in Grades 5-8?

Join us for this exciting new program exploring current animal welfare topics! With the help of Unity's animal residents, we will learn about issues such as using animals for food, fur, fibers, and feathers; for medical, cosmetic, and industrial testing; and for work and entertainment. Our goal is to educate young people and empower them to make more compassionate and ethical decisions, while learning how to advocate effectively for animals everywhere! Successful completion will allow students to take part in future junior conversations in animal welfare at the sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sanctuary Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of full-time staff members per animal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Unity Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) farm animal sanctuary. The mission of Unity Farm Sanctuary is to provide a safe and loving lifelong home for farm animals, to offer the public unique educational programs, and to promote a culture of kindness and connection.

Founders Dr. John Halamka and Kathy Halamka created Unity Farm
Sanctuary in late 2016. The mission of Unity Farm Sanctuary is to
provide a safe and loving lifelong home for farm animals, to offer the
public unique educational programs, and to promote a culture of
kindness and connection. Residents here include alpaca, horses,
ponies, miniature horses, sheep, cows, goats, pigs and a vast array
of feathered friends. We network with the community and other
organizations to help as many farm animals as possible find loving
lifelong homes. By working together with the community on topics such
as farm animal care, sustainable organic farming practices, the power
of kindness, and volunteerism, we hope to extend our impact for
positive change for animals and people alike.

We have 470 volunteers and 6 full time staff serving the needs of our animals and our visitors. We have preserved 30 acres of land in perpetuity and built safe, weather proof housing for every creature. Vital to ongoing success, we created a robust fundraising program to support the mission for generations.

Our volunteer program continues to grow substantially every year. Our fundraising effort, guided by experienced experts, continues to expand. Our service to the community, especially during the pandemic provided an opportunity for hundreds of people to work outside and bond with the animals. We have launched our new humane education program with our Humane education Director.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Unity Farm Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Halamka

Mayo Clinic Platform

Term: 2017 - 2023

Kathy A Halamka

Unity Farm Sanctuary

Wendy Weitzner

The Innova Group

Ann Wehr

Coach Ann Wehr

Donna Schultz

WDNY U.S. Judiciary Branch

Tyler Wehr

Sheehan Family Companies

David Wirbal

Fidelity (retired)

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.