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Scatter Joy Acres

"A Place of Rescue" and "A Journey to Peace."

Murray, NE   |  www.scatterjoyacres.org

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Mission

The Mission Statement of Scatter Joy Acres is assisting men, women, children, and animals by providing

“A Place of Rescue" and “A Journey to Peace."

Ruling year info

2010

Founder/CEO

Ms. Joy Bartling

Main address

4107 Waverly Rd

Murray, NE 68409 USA

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Formerly known as

Soby Ranch

EIN

27-0458877

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal-assisted therapy takes place in a variety of settings, including prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, therapeutic boarding schools for teens and mental health facilities. This form of treatment can take place individually or in groups, and is led by a qualified therapist or professional with specialized expertise.

Much more than simply spending time with an animal, animal-assisted therapy involves specific therapeutic goals, strategies and outcomes measures. Therapeutic experiences can include walking, brushing, petting and caring for an animal, as well as processing the experience of trying to achieve a given task.

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?

Animal-Assisted Therapy

We provide Animal Assisted Therapy for at-risk children, seniors, homeless, veterans, the developmentally disabled, those in hospice and hospitals, the mentally ill, and those re-entering society. We are open to the public as a petting zoo, when we are not in therapy.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Seniors
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans

Animal Assisted Therapy offers a unique and heartwarming approach to enhance well-being and reducing stress through the bond with animals. Scatter Joy Acres is a location for the Equine Eagala Program. The Be Somebody Educational Program empowers teens and adults through a unique program combining animal care and Cowboy Ethics. If you are searching for a new furry companion, Scatter Joy Acres offers a range of pets for you to adopt. The public can visit the petting zoo year round. For petting zoo hours visit the website https://scatterjoyacres.org/

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

National Outstanding Community Service Award 2023

Daughters of the American Revolution

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

There is a strong bond between animals and people. Animals are accepting, non-threatening and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up. Some of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy include:

Improved fine motor skills
Improved balance
Increased focus and attention
Increased self-esteem and ability to care for oneself
Reduced anxiety, grief and isolation
Reduced blood pressure, depression, and risk of heart attack or stroke
Improved willingness to be involved in a therapeutic program or group activity
Increased trust, empathy and teamwork
Greater self-control
Enhanced problem-solving skills
Reduced need for medication
Improved social skills

In addition to providing AAT to those in need, Scatter Joy Acres is an active advocate for AAT in the community for AAT.

We frequently speak in the media, at events and conferences on the benefits of AAT.

We presently house and transport over 100 animals and maintain a Veterinary Tech and Certified Animal-Assisted Therapist on staff.

We have rescued and fostered hundreds of animals over the course of the past 12 years and provided tens of thousands of hours to those in need.

We hope to purchase the acreage we presently occupy and improve the property to allow us to better serve the community needs.

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Scatter Joy Acres

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Crisit Starling

MSC Goal Achievement Services

Term: 2019 - 2023

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/29/2023

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2023

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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.