THUNDER RODE INC

Creating abilities

Decorah, IA   |  http://www.thunderrode.org/

Mission

Thunder Rode provides confidence building and rehabilitative training to individuals of all ages with special needs, within aspects of the equine industry. This program will have no boundaries regarding developmental growth, program growth and learning potential for individuals, enhancing their abilities to live and work successfully within the community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thunder Rode is an ever-changing, ever-growing program which provides enrichment to all.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Michelle D McLain-Kruse

Main address

1957 Meadowlark Road

Decorah, IA 52101 USA

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EIN

20-4168110

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our organization is working on succession planning. How to survive and thrive.

Our programs

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

Sports Therapy

Works to build horse skills for individuals with special needs in a variety of activities, including arena games, trail rides and drill team for local events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Mainly youth - empowerment and improvements to mental health, through horse activities such as equine massage, groundwork and riding. It's about relationship building. The core focus is developing respect and trust.

Population(s) Served

Service of Veterans assisting Veterans. Equine Activities Experiences, customized to participant.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PATH International (NARHA) 2006

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The goal of Thunder Rode is to enhance community living and working for individuals with special needs. Through the use of horses in both ground and riding activities, several characteristics including but not limited to, respect, responsibility and confidence are enhanced. These individuals are noted by people outside of the Thunder Rode program, including staff, teachers and supervisors for their improved performance in school and at work and increased responsibilities at home.

Utilizing qualified, well-trained volunteers and offering a variety of hours that individuals and volunteers can attend, the strategy is to work on building horsemanship skills in a safe, fun environment. A variety of projects are also included during sessions and throughout the season, which promotes individuality inside of a team concept while developing leadership qualities.

The organization brings several capabilities to the table, including but not limited to: volunteers, horses and a variety of venues.

Volunteers not only have horse experience, but people experience as well. Some of the volunteers are younger and attend middle and high school, and they bring a sense of freshness and trendiness - they are always aware of what's "cool," which keeps Thunder Rode cool. When youth are proud to volunteer for Thunder Rode, it brings not only parental support, but also support from school staff as well.

Seasoned volunteers bring life experience, patience, kindness and understanding to the table. Some of them have backgrounds that include teaching, nursing, project management, organizational skills, military and maintenance. This allows everyone the opportunity to learn from each other.

A variety of horses are used. Horse personalities are varied, and the program's horses are not breed specific, which offers individuals a unique learning experience.

A variety of venues are used, including both an indoor and outdoor arenas, trails and various arenas through public performances. This gives everyone an opportunity to learn to adapt to constantly changing environments.

Through the above-mentioned variety of volunteers, horses and venues, the program has the capability to provide a wide variety of life experiences, which enhance personal growth in each and every participant and volunteer.

Thunder Rode has increased program services, participants, volunteers and budget since 2006.

What's next is for Thunder Rode to expand its service offerings.

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 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our organization is currently trying to update in a technological sense, due to feedback from college interns.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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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THUNDER RODE INC

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Scheffert

Thunder Rode, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2019

Marsha Phillips

Thunder Rode, Inc.

Sherry Schilling

Thunder Rode, Inc.

Lance Phillips

Thunder Rode, Inc.

Shalane Phillips

Thunder Rode, Inc

Bonnie Adams

Thunder Rode, Inc.

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

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Data
  • 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 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.