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TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/12/2012: TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC

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AKA  Touching Smiles
Fredonia, WI

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TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/12/2012: TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: TOUCHING SMILES EQUINE THERAPY INC

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Also Known As: Touching Smiles
Physical Address: Fredonia, WI 53021 
EIN: 32-0171603
Web URL: www.touchingsmilesequinetherapy.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D60 Other Services
O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E86 Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
Ruling Year: 2008 


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Mission Statement

Touching Smiles Equine Therapy, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the lives of emotionally or physically challenged individuals through intimate communication with horses. Touching Smiles recognizes that animals may also have disadvantaged pasts and provides a safe haven for rescued miniature horses.

Legitimacy Information

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Leadership

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June 2012)

Sheryl Kress-Griffin

Term:

Since Mar 2005

Leadership Statement:

From the beginning, Touching Smiles' goal was to provide equine assisted activities at no charge; this was to ensure that anyone could afford to experience a visit with the minis. Touching Smiles is unique because we have no paid employees; everyone involved is volunteer. We are dependent upon donations and sponsorships.

Board Chair (GuideStar Exchange,
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June 2012)

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Board Composition ?
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Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in June 2012

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Programs

Program: self esteem building (GuideStar Exchange,
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June 2012)

Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

Aimed at youths at-risk, our self-esteem building program is designed to build leadership skills and increase self-esteem.

Program Long-Term Success:

Success of this program will be measured by many variables, such as decreased adolescent suicide rates, decrease in teen pregnancy rate, decrease in teen crime, and increase in school attendance.

Program Short-Term Success:

Short term effects of the program will include increase in school attendance records, increase in grades, increased involvement and personal engagement, decrease in law enforcement contact.

Program Success Monitored by:

Success will be monitored by surveys, counselor notes, and interviews with guardians and teachers.

Program Success Examples:

Data is not yet available.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Touching Smiles' top accomplishment was when we made a breakthrough with a Russian autistic boy who had never spoken in his adoptive mother's presence before; the boy carried on a full conversation when he was with our horses. Our organization's top goal is to expand our programs to include leadership skills, self-esteem building and social skill building using both our miniature and full-sized horses.

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