Animal related

Special Horses

Dedicated to raising awareness and funds for equines in need

aka Special Horses, Inc.

St. Louis, MO

Mission

Our goal with www.specialhorses.org is to provide fundraising opportunities, marketing assistance, educational opportunities, and community outreach for registered 501(c)(3) organizations involved with equine rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement.

Ruling Year

2010

Executive Director

Dr. Wendi Neckameyer

Main Address

PO Box 23279

St. Louis, MO 63156 USA

Keywords

Horse Rescue, Horse Rehabilitation, Horse Welfare

EIN

27-0544576

 Number

0331329158

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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

Other Services (D60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Social Media

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Smaller, in-the-trenches equine rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming organizations lack the resources to fundraise on a continual basis. By providing multiple fundraising platforms, promotional material, and other funding assistance, Special Horses helps these organzations focus of the direct needs of equines in need.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Secret Santa for Horse Rescues

Equine Artwork Auction

Trash or Treasure Auction

Individual Fundraisers

Emergency Fund

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of independent oranizations served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Individual Fundraisers

Context notes

This represents the number of individual 501(c)3 equine welfare organizations that received monetary or other assistance from Special Horses.

Number of independent fundraising events

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Individual Fundraisers

Context notes

This represents the number of independent fundraising events run by Special Horses for individual or multiple organizations.

Total dollar amount of funds dispersed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Individual Fundraisers

Context notes

This is the total amount of funds shared with equine welfare not-for-profit organizations. This is less than the amount raised due to fees (for example, paypal fees).

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goals are to continue to support the current participating groups (Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society [TX], Bright Futures Farm [PA], The Exceller Fund [US], Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement [GA], True Innocents Equine Rescue [CA], and to grow to help support other deserving groups. We have also supported Traveler's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, Central Virginia Horse Rescue, Gentle Giants, and Hope's Legacy, all organizations who helped during the rescue of almost 80 equines from Peaceable Farms in Somerset VA in October 2015. In 2017, we also fundraised for Second Chance Ranch in Washington state and South Jersey All Breeds Horse Rescue. Special Horses also helped by creating brochures and flyers for the organizations, and wrote grants that were submitted on behalf of the organizations. We ran 13 fundraisers on behalf of seven 501(c)(3) equine rescue organizations across the United States.

We will continue to host (on the Special Horses website) the three general and inclusive auctions: The Spring "Repeat Offender" Trash or Treasure Auction, the May Equine Artwork Auction, and the Fall Trash or Treasure Auction, as well as the Secret Santa for Horse Rescues in December. We also host auctions and fundraisers on the site (contests, advice columns) for the participating groups to promote their efforts as well as to help them raise funds and reach a greater audience.

Our website has considerable functionality to host fun and easy-to-navigate fundraisers. Our presence on Facebook has enabled us to increase our advocacy of equine welfare, by supporting the efforts of equine 501(c)3 organizations and by mounting campaigns to eliminate equine abuse and equine slaughter in the US. We have extensive experience in creating promotional materials and in crafting grant applications for different funding sources.

Each fundraiser reaches a greater and more diverse audience, and we have shown a steady trend of increased fundraising over time. In 2017, we established the Emergency Fund to assist any 501(c)(3) equine rescue organization in good standing with the IRS and their state with $100 in immediate funds to assist with an unexpected and critical need.

We have contributed significant funds to our participating groups since 2010, the year that Special Horses received its 501(c)3 status, and continue to assist additional groups. We are in the initial stages of creating educational opportunities and incentives for the public to learn more about equine welfare and how they may play an active role.

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Financials

Special Horses

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our concern is to include individuals whose focus is on promoting equine welfare, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnicity.