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BEAMING Inc.

Changing Lives, One Ride at a Time

Neenah, WI   |  www.BEAMINGInc.org

Mission

The mission of BEAMING Inc. is to be the provider of choice for Equine-Assisted Learning and Adaptive Horsemanship. 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

2692 County Rd. GG

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)

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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 instructors. BEAMING Ranch offers camping to veterans as well in the new bunkhouses.

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

Special Education personnel from area school districts send us some of their most troubled 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.

Population(s) Served

Through our Saddle Up for Success program, we facilitate life-changing horse experiences for children and adults with cognitive, emotional and/or physical disabilities. These sessions are offered for individuals or groups of up to five participants of similar age and ability. Participants learn to groom, walk and ride horses over the course of many weeks. This program helps participants grow in their self-discovery and confidence through building relationships with our equine partners, while also offering many physical benefits, such as improved posture, balance, and fine and gross motor skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Partners in Riding program is a collaborative effort with local school districts to provide adaptive physical education and equine-assisted services to children with diverse abilities including physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges. We collaborate with special education personnel at Fox Cities elementary and middle schools to identify students who will most benefit. The students we serve typically have autism, ADD, ADHD, hemiplegia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, degenerative central nervous system disorders, and/or cognitive, visual or developmental impairments.

Population(s) Served

Dragons in Flight is our intermediate horseback riding program for children with diverse abilities. These kids have participated in the Saddle Up for Success program and/or our Hold Your Horses youth camp, and demonstrated they can learn to groom, saddle and ride more independently. We integrated equine-assisted learning (EAL) into these sessions on a wide range of topics, from goal setting to standards of horsemanship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

BEAMING is the second in the nation to offer Riding in the Moment (RIM). Developed in conjunction with UW-Madison, RIM is an evidence-based program that improves the quality of life for seniors living with early- to moderate-onset dementia.

Participants groom, walk and may ride horses, listen to horses’ heartbeats, make and feed horse treats, watch horse demonstrations and have other opportunities to bond with our equine partners. In addition to giving seniors the opportunity to interact with horses, we also provide educational activities, mind-body emotions exercises and hands-on projects, such as planting flowers, making crafts, or creating artwork. BEAMING staff helps assist participants with answers to questions and demonstrate physical exercises to encourage participation.

The RIM program not only improves the quality of life for those living with dementia, it also benefits their caregivers by allowing them to spend quality time quality time with their loved one.

Population(s) Served

We welcome community members with early- to moderate-stage dementia and their caregivers to enjoy horse experiences and other interactive activities such as educational presentations, musical performances, arts and crafts projects and other outdoor and barn activities. These hands-on horse experiences offer participants and their families an opportunity to engage in a social gathering and meet others for support. We are offering monthly Memory Cafés in 2023 on the second Tuesday of each month, from 10-11:30am.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Steady Strides for Parkinson’s is an equine support program designed to enrich the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers. PD is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease; up to 80% of people with PD eventually develop dementia.

Studies have shown that equine-assisted services as a support to traditional PD treatment are effective for improving mobility, cognitive abilities and emotional well-being. The movement of the horse can improve balance, strength, tone, timing, coordination, and postural control, which can all lead to improved functional ability of the person with PD.

This program was developed using similar curriculum to our evidence-based Riding in the Moment Dementia Support Equine Program. Participants groom, walk and ride horses; engage in mind-body emotions exercises; enjoy educational activities, musical performances and guest presentations; and participate in hands-on projects.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Seniors
People with disabilities
Seniors

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.
  • 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

  • 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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BEAMING Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie Koestner

Walter Zerrenner

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

Ellen Longsine

Broker Services Representative, United Healthcare

Parker Schuh

Integrated Sales Associate, Amcor Flexibles North America

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 6/4/2024

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
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/23/2022

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 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.