DRESSAGE FOUNDATION INC

Building U.S. Dressage Through Your Generosity

aka The Dressage Foundation   |   Lincoln, NE   |  www.dressagefoundation.org

Mission

The Mission of The Dressage Foundation is "to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States."

Ruling year info

1994

President and CEO

Beth Baumert

Chairman

Maryal Barnett

Main address

1314 O Street Suite 305

Lincoln, NE 68508 USA

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EIN

36-3670953

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?

Grants for Adult Amateurs

Funding is available for adult amateur dressage riders to continue their dressage education. Grants are awarded to riders of all levels from across the country who ride various breeds of horses.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for youth and young adult dressage riders to continue their dressage education. Grants are awarded to riders of all levels from across the country who ride various breeds of horses.

The Dressage Foundation is also home to the Young Rider International Dream Program, which takes four top young American dressage riders to Europe for an introduction to European dressage trainers, riders, facilities and events.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for dressage instructors and judges to continue their dressage education. Grants are awarded to individuals from across the country.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for FEI-level dressage riders to continue their dressage education and training. Grants are awarded to riders from across the country who aspire to represent the United States at international competitions.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for dressage horse breeders to continue their breeding education. Grants are awarded to breeders that will advance their careers, promote sound breeding practices and further enhance the quality of U.S.-bred dressage horses.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for groups/clubs to host educational dressage events. Grants are awarded to groups from across the country for educational clinics, camps, and symposia.

Population(s) Served

The Century Club recognizes and honors dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a test of any level at a show (schooling or recognized) or event, and are scored by a dressage judge or professional. The Century Club welcomes classical or Western dressage riders from North America.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for dressage show managers, show secretaries, and dressage Technical Delegates for their continuing education. Grants are awarded to individuals from across the country.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for para-equestrian dressage riders to continue their dressage education. Grants are awarded to individuals from across the country.

Population(s) Served

Funding is available for Western dressage riders to continue their Western dressage education. Grants are awarded to youth and adult riders from across the country. Funding is also available for groups that are hosting Western dressage educational events such as clinics, camps, and symposia

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Dressage Foundation’s 5-Year Strategic Vision at a Glance
2019 – 2023

Our Mission: To cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the U.S.

Our Vision: That the generosity of many will allow the financial barriers of our sport to be removed, so that every aspect of U. S. dressage will grow and succeed locally, nationally and internationally, through the help and guidance of individuals and organizations who are passionately promoting classical dressage principles.

In 2018, our Board of Directors reviewed responses from the nationwide survey conducted in 2017. Through that feedback, the following key ideas emerged for how we can continue supporting the growth and improvement of U.S. dressage.

1. Increase the accessibility of our sport and proactively cultivate grassroots participation in dressage by amateurs, youth, and all levels of professionals.

There is concern about the viability of our sport if current riders do not stay involved, and if the sport doesn’t bring in new enthusiasts and fans.

2. Strengthen our financial position by increasing fundraising capacity and endowment.

The costs to breed, own, train, and compete dressage horses continue to increase, preventing many from reaching their true potential. As an independent organization separate from the governing bodies of the sport, we are in a unique position to work with donors who want to grow and improve any aspect of U.S. dressage.

3. Increase awareness of grants and programs.

To reach more people, we will focus on increasing communication with our constituents and engaging new friends.

4. Strengthen operations and engagement of our Board and volunteers

We will work to ensure that our processes and procedures continue to keep us accountable to our donors, grant recipients, and the dressage community. We will also seek new members for our team with unique backgrounds and skill sets that will strengthen our organization and challenge us to expand in new and exciting ways.

1. Increase the accessibility of our sport and proactively cultivate grassroots participation in dressage by amateurs, youth, and all levels of professionals.

Strategies include:
- Focus on increasing engagement of grassroots amateurs, youth, and professionals.
- Evaluate current grants for possible expansion of criteria that will enable more people to apply.
- Streamline the application and review process.

2. Strengthen our financial position by increasing fundraising capacity and endowment.

Strategies include:
- Increase the number of donors to help more people.
- Establish a Legacy Society for donors making gifts to TDF in their estate plans.
- Expand our presence in the dressage community through our local representatives and by attending more key events.

3. Increase awareness of grants and programs.

Strategies include:
- Strengthen social media presence.
- Promote TDF through a revamped Benefit Class program at shows.
- Work with equestrian media to regularly reach a broader audience.

4. Strengthen operations and engagement of our Board and volunteers

Strategies include:
- Seek Board members with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and skillsets.
- Review and streamline internal procedures to ensure preparedness and effectiveness.
- Add staff members in order to increase grant-making and fundraising capacities.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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DRESSAGE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
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Board chair

Maryal Barnett

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Maryal Barnett

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Beth Baumert

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Barbara Cadwell

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Sarah Geikie

Lendon Gray

Karin Reid-Offield

Nicole DelGiorno

Fern Feldman

Rebecca Hafner

Nancy Hutson

Ryan Shumacher

Diane Skvarla

Axel Steiner

George Williams

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? 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