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BEAMING Inc.

Changing Lives, One Ride at a Time

Neenah, WI   |  www.BEAMINGInc.org

Mission

We shall enhance the quality of life for individuals and families facing unique challenges by developing relationships with people and horses.

Notes from the nonprofit

At BEAMING, we transform lives through equine partnerships. Through interaction and connection with horses, our program participants are able to learn, heal and grow, empowering them to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. We embrace diversity, we promote inclusion and we celebrate those with diverse abilities. The BEAMING Barn is a safe, nonjudgmental community gathering space where all are welcome. Our goal is to Change Lives, One Ride at a Time.

Ruling year info

2005

Center Director

Katie Samuelson

Main address

P.O Box 524

Neenah, WI 54957-0524 USA

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EIN

20-1797140

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Horses, Hearts and Heroes Veteran Support Equine Program

BEAMING began offering this important program in summer 2010 – we are honored to provide equine-assisted activities to area veterans. In 2019, we added police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, EMS dispatchers, etc. Riders, side-walkers, and horse handlers involved in this program are primarily veterans which makes this a one-of-a-kind program in the region, with therapeutic riding lessons conducted by PATH-certified instructions.

Objectives: improves self-esteem, coping with civilian life and stressors, improving physical, social and behavioral skills though therapeutic horseback riding. Riders have a range of diagnoses including but not limited to amputations, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families
Veterans

Special Education personnel from area school districts send us some of their most troubled teen students who tend to be outside the mainstream of their peer group. Launch has the ability to impact the increasing mental health crisis with our teen population in the Fox Valley. The hands-on nature of this unique and effective mentoring program addresses basic skills essential for managing conflict, utilizing effective coping skills, developing positive social skills, and learning to engage in healthy self-care. BEAMING has been extremely successful in changing the attitudes and self-image of these teens. This program lasts 28-30 weeks.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Students

Therapeutic riding designed to enhance the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of participates

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Adoptive physical education program for child K-6 with special needs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2022

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our programs include Saddle Up for Success (individual lessons), Dragons in Flight (advanced lessons) and Partners in Riding (a partnership with local school districts) for children with challenging physical, cognitive or neurological disabilities; LAUNCH (group classes) for troubled and hurting youth; Horses, Hearts & Heroes for veterans; RideStrong for those affected by trauma; and we are the second in the nation to offer Riding in the Moment, a program for seniors with early- to moderate-onset dementia, Alzheimer's or other forms of memory loss. In addition, we offer regular Equine-Assisted Memory Cafes which invite seniors in the community with memory loss and their caregivers to improve their quality of life by experiencing the benefits of equine-assisted services. We also hold two an

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The mother of three of our teen campers who attended our Hold Your Horses summer camp shared with us that the family's father committed suicide in 2019, and was thankful for how much the teen camp helped her children. Based on her input, we created a new program called LifeStrong to help survivors of trauma. Their family were the first participants in this new program, and it has been very beneficial to them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We gather both qualitative and quantitative feedback via in-person interviews and written and electronic surveys from our Riding in the Moment participants and their caregivers on a weekly basis. Their input has guided the changes we have implemented in the program as it expands. One idea we implemented based on input from nursing staff who attended with residents was to take our Riding in the Moment program on the road, bringing our horses and mind-body exercises and activities to the nursing homes to visit those who have limited mobility. We developed the Riding in the Moment Mobile program based on this input, and have been able to bring the benefits of equine-assisted services to hundreds of nursing home residents through this new program.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BEAMING Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Walter Zerrenner

Walter Zerrenner

Retired: Senior Vice President, Information Technology New York Presbyterian Hospitals

Pamela Winek

Retired: Commercial Real Estate Broker, Rollie Winter and Associates

Jeff Schommer

Owner, Bottom Line Accounting

Ellen Longsine

Broker Services Representative, United Healthcare

Heidi Hansen

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh College of Nursing Professor

Jean Thur

Pediatrician, Aurora Medical Center

Cassie Martin

CPA, U.S. Venture

Kim Craddock

Retired MSgt USAF ILANG USAFR WIANG

Parker Schuh

Integrated Sales Associate, Amcor Flexibles North America

Keith Murie

Retired Chief Financial Officer, Certified SCORE Mentor

Board leadership practices

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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 11/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/23/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.