PRAIRIE FIRE FARMS FOUNDATION INC

"Have you helped feed a horse today"

aka Prairie Fire Farms   |   Grantville, PA   |  https://prairiefirefarms.org

Mission

Prairie Fire Farms Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing retirement to Off the Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB), and Rescuing, Rehabilitating, Re-Homing and Re-Careering any equine breeds in need. Additionally, the foundation is committed to bringing equine educational and therapeutic opportunities to low-income families, under privileged and/or at-risk youth, and United States Military Veterans and their families to create an atmosphere for long term skills and lifelong success.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Lesley Darrin

Vice-President

Kathy Graham

Main address

201 Angle Road

Grantville, PA 17028 USA

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EIN

36-4698809

NTEE code info

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our primary goal is to offer equine rescuing and rehabilitating programs that offer lifesaving and/or life purposing treatment, therapy and care for all breeds with a special interest in retired Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds. We also strive to bring awareness to disadvantaged or/at risk youth, children with special needs, Veterans and military families the importance of equine and the comfort that equine therapy can provide for individuals dealing with post traumatic disorders or anxieties due to life experiences. Getting the information that the open space of a farm setting combined with the connection made with creatures often larger than those caring for them presents decompression and solace as individuals learn to cope and live with what is most important to them, their families.

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?

Educational

We provide a horseback riding lesson program to low income families, disadvantaged and at-risk youth in our area. We hold 4 sessions in a calendar year, each session is for six (6) children for a 8 week session.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

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 animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

One our missions is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-career or rehome.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

One our missions is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-career or rehome.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive values

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is demonstrated in our Horseback Summer Riding Camps for youth.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is demonstrated in our Horseback Summer Riding Program for youth

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All the horses at our rescued, whether a rescue or a membership horse, are provided feed, hay and water every day.

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.

1. Providing retirement to Off-the-Track Thoroughbred horses
2. Rescuing, Rehabilitating, Re-homing, and Re-careering any equine breeds in need.
3. Bring equine educational and therapeutic opportunities to under privilege and/or at risk youth and low income families.
4. Bring equine educational and community based opportunities to United States Military Veterans and First Responders (and their families)

The primary goal of our educational program is to promote an active and healthy life style in the youth of our community. Instilling these goals will create lifelong habits which will increase quality of life and in effect, educate the entire community. By providing instruction in equine care, safety, and riding, the program will teach disadvantage youth responsibility, caring, patience, work ethics, self-discipline and self-confidence.
Our independent riding instructors will administer the program by 1. teaching how to care for horses at each lesson. 2. equipment education, which includes proper care, and 3. in saddle riding instruction to help them learn basics and appreciate the horse they are utilizing during lessons.

Our founder also has a plan for the rescue, rehabilitation and re-career training for each rescued horse. Each horse is evaluated by our founder and the vet for health and retraining.

Our independent riding instructors will administer the educational program by 1. teaching how to care for horses at each lesson. 2. equipment education, which includes proper care, and 3. in saddle riding instruction to help them learn basics and appreciate the horse they are utilizing during lessons.

Funding the educational program fully. We write grant for this program on a continual basis.

We have also partnered with a sister organization Reclaiming the Reins to help with Veterans and First Responders in the dealings with PTSD, by using equine assisted therapy as a mechanism to help them understand and address their PTSD.

We also work with a riding instructor company that provides the staff that we need for equine lessons.

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?

    Suggestion box/email,

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

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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PRAIRIE FIRE FARMS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lesley Darrin


Board co-chair

Kathy Graham

Suzanne Diemler

Retired

Ann Bernecker

Retired

Martha Longenecker

Centric Bank

Emily Maliss

Royer's Flowers

Joan Smith

Retired

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? 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability