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AKA Touching Smiles

Fredonia, WI

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Also Known As:
Touching Smiles
Physical Address:
Fredonia, WI 53021 
Web URL:
Sheryl Kress-Griffin
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Legitimacy Information

  • This organization is registered with the IRS.
  • This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Basic Organization Information


Also Known As:
Touching Smiles
Physical Address:
Fredonia, WI 53021 
Web URL:
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:

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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.

Leadership (GuideStar ExchangeThe GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more. June, 2012)

Sheryl Kress-Griffin


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.

Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

Officers information is not available for this organization.

Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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Program: self esteem building

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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