Special Horses

Dedicated to raising awareness and funds for equines in need

aka Special Horses, Inc.   |   St. Louis, MO   |  https://www.specialhorses.org

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 info

2010

Executive Director

Dr. Wendi Neckameyer

Main address

PO Box 23279

St. Louis, MO 63156 USA

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EIN

27-0544576

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 materials, and other funding assistance, Special Horses helps these organizations focus directly on the equines in their care.

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?

 ONLINE FUNDRAISERS

Special Horses helps solicit donations for, creates, runs, and promotes online auctions and other fundraisers run on an as-requested basis by individual equine welfare organizations. Special Horses will construct and run the auction, and promote it on our website, via email, and on social media. Recent past auctions have included vintage items and racing memorabilia from Bright Futures Farm in Pennsylvania, and vintage jewelry from South Jersey All Breeds Horse Rescue. Three recurring auctions serve as general fundraisers for multiple organizations. Our goal is to provide a fun opportunity to score a bargain, and at the same time to help equines in need.

These fundraisers require a website with extra functionality, including eCommerce platforms, with the appropriate hosting and security. In addition, because we are soliciting funds across the US, Special Horses is required to register in almost every state in the US.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A one-time per year $100.00 gift will be made by The Special Horses Emergency Fund to any US-based equine rescue 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS and their state. Funds will be transferred immediately via PayPal to be used to help defray urgent and unexpected costs for the organization. Funds may be used for the purchase of hay or feed, hauling costs, vet fees, farrier, or for parts or equipment necessary to maintain the rescue. If the organization does not maintain its own facility, the funds are to be designated for the appropriate foster. Funds may be NOT be used to purchase an equine directly from a kill buyer. An organization is eligible only once per calendar year. When funds are exhausted for the fiscal year, no further grants will be able to be provided. Funds donated to the Emergency Fund are used only for this program. Since its inception in 2018, Special Horses has assisted 57 equine welfare organizations with emergency needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Special Horses creates flyers, brochures, and social media graphics for upcoming events and other needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Special Horses will help research for funding opportunities, and offer advice and assistance in crafting and submitting applications. We purchase annual subscriptions to a grant database (Grant Station), that enables us to search for local, regional, state and national grants for equine welfare organizations. The goal is to help organizations diversify their revenue stream.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Guidestar Platinum 2020

Awards

Members' Choice Awards - Fundraising 2011

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Affiliations & memberships

Homes for Horses Coalition 2020

Great NonProfit 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of independent oranizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

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

Number of independent fundraising events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

 ONLINE FUNDRAISERS

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the total amount of funds shared with equine welfare not-for-profit organizations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our goals are to continue to support as many equine welfare organizations as possible that seek our assistance.

We will continue to host online auctions and other fundraisers (over 10 per year), provide marketing materials and assistance with grant submissions. We also promote the efforts of numerous equine welfare organizations 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.

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.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, Special Horses Rescue Support Group on Facebook,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We created a Facebook group specifically for the equine welfare organizations we serve. We also provide access to free useful webinars, grant funding possibilities, and resource sharing.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

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

  • 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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Special Horses

Board of directors
as of 1/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean Rightmire

Wendi Neckameyer

Jean Rightmire

Kathryn Dennis

Debbi Rainbow

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data