Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.

Unbridled Hope

Cicero, IN   |  www.agaperiding.org

Mission

Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-facilitated experiences.

Agape is a therapeutic riding center located in central Indiana. Agape has three locations servicing the Indianapolis and surrounding areas - one in Cicero, Indiana just north of Indianapolis and one south in Martinsville, and one east in Greenfield. The organization was founded in 1986 as a nonprofit by Cheryl and Jerry Miller who started it as a summer program with Indiana University Bradford Woods to unite horses and children with disabilities in therapeutic experiences. In 1994, a year round program was established. Today, Agape operates three year-round facilities in central Indiana caring for 30+ horses, 22 staff, and serving nearly 2,000 people annually.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Amanda Bocik

Main address

24970 Mt Pleasant Rd P.O. Box 207

Cicero, IN 46034 USA

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EIN

31-1193132

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Our programs

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

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding enhances cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with disabilities. Benefits include increased strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and self-confidence.

Population(s) Served

Memory Lane provides engaging activities for senior citizens with miniature horses led by certified instructors. Benefits include increased cognitive skills, socialization, mobility, and confidence.

Population(s) Served

Equine-Facilitated Learning for Groups (called “Stirrup Success”) teaches life skills and character development to groups of 5-20 participants. Benefits include increased communication, confidence, emotional regulation, teamwork, decision-making, trust, respect, responsibility, integrity, and perseverance.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Thanks to the valuable input from trusted volunteers and donors – as well as our clients and community partners – we now have a new strategic plan that captures our vision and goals for the next three years:

Strategic Vision
“By 2020, Agape will expand to a third location, spreading unbridled hope throughout Central Indiana by increasing access to our premier horse facilitated therapeutic programming."

2017-2019 Priorities
Focus on improving program delivery to ensure sustainable and impactful services.
Prepare for business continuity while retaining top talent.
Establish a sustainable financial model that will scale to support expansion.

As Indiana's largest and oldest therapeutic riding center and a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, we are proud to have experienced tremendous growth over the last thirty years. Not only have we reached maximum capacity and levels of services at Agape's Headquarters located in Cicero, Indiana, we have expanded to a second location in Martinsville, Indiana, where we provide ever-growing, year-round services at our Bradford Woods Equine Center. As we continue to watch the impact of our unique, high-quality programs grow at both Agape locations, we recognize the incredible opportunity to bring our approach to more individuals by exploring further expansion throughout Central Indiana.

With a commitment to our vision and mission and a keen interest in exploring Agape's growth in the most sustainable and impactful way, Agape engaged the trusted nonprofit consulting firm Hedges & Associates in 2016 to facilitate a comprehensive Strategic Planning Process.

Utilizing this anchoring vision for the organization, Hedges & Associates engaged Agape's staff in a hands-on Action Planning Retreat, during which three distinct organizational priorities were collaboratively created to guide the organization toward this vision for 2020. With a focus on preparing for expansion, each three-year priority was carefully developed to build our capacity and impact, preparing Agape to sustainably scale to a third location.

Priority 1: Focus on improving program delivery to ensure sustainable and impactful services.

Strategies
1.A. Standardize program operating procedures, including program recruitment and planning protocols.
1.B. Formalize evaluation practices to validate program outcomes and become an industry leader in therapeutic horsemanship.

Priority 2: Prepare for business continuity while retaining top talent.

Strategies
2.A. Institutionalize personnel practices to maintain a positive work culture and high retention rate.
2.B. Create and implement succession plans for current and new Board and staff positions.

Priority 3: Establish a sustainable financial model that will scale to support expansion.

Strategies
3.A. Strengthen and institutionalize fundraising expectations, storytelling, and donor stewardship for all members of the Board and staff.
3.B. Prepare for and execute a capital campaign to fund the expansion to a third location.

In addition to identifying these three-year priorities and strategies, our staff also developed a 2017 Action Plan, which includes quarterly action steps, expected annual outcomes, and accountable leadership required to successfully implement each strategy during the first year of the three-year plan. This supplementary 2017 Action Plan will serve as a roadmap for the organization's strategic activities from January – December 2017, coupled with a complementary Outcome Dashboard tool that will allow for continual measurement of progress toward all targeted outcomes. By utilizing real-time process evaluation throughout the implementation of the three-year plan, Agape will be prepared to develop a 2018 Action Plan and an updated Outcome Dashboard in the third quarter of 2017, and a 2019 Action Plan and Outcome Dashboard in the third quarter of 2018.

Agape's leadership and Board of Directors have established committees to oversee the execution of each priority in the strategic plan. Each committee is focused on accomplishing the goals and executing the strategies related to their respective priorities.

Financials

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Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacey Anderson

Duke Realty

Term: 2015 - 2020

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No