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EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

For The Love of Horses

aka Horse Charities of America   |   Westport, CT   |  www.equusfoundation.org

Mission

The Mission of the EQUUS Foundation is to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people, especially people with special needs. Horses are powerful teachers and healers – positively influencing not just our happiness but also our health.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Ms. Lynn Coakley

Main address

168 Long Lots Road

Westport, CT 06880 USA

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EIN

42-1547242

NTEE code info

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Current US demographic trends US indicate that the future of America’s horses could be in jeopardy. Of the 326 million people in the US, 80% people live in cities of 50,000 or more seriously limiting access to horses. The expense and time required for competition is unrealistic for most people. More than 100,000 horses become at-risk for abuse and neglect each year. Over 81,000 of America’s horses were shipped across our borders to be slaughtered in 2018. Most were young, healthy and had untapped potential. For horses to remain an important part of American life, we need a more inclusive model for people to engage with horses in new innovative ways. Equine assisted activities and therapies offers boundless opportunities for horses in transition and people to thrive. Yet, while there are over 48 million people with disabilities in the US, and even more who would benefit from magic and power of horses, only 7,800 horses are currently serving only 66,000 people with special needs.

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?

Grants

The EQUUS Foundation will provide financial support to equine organizations that have received the "Guardian" designation that:

• Shelter for America's horses at risk for abuse, neglect, and slaughter;

• Rehabilitate, retrain and re-home America's horses in transition with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers;

• Offer retirement opportunities for aged horses that ensure that they are able to live out their lives in comfort and receive a peaceful and humane end of life;
• Provide opportunities for horses to change people's lives, especially in the area of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for people with special needs.


Transparency Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are used to underwrite the costs associated with the care of horses, such as veterinary, dental, and farrier care, horse feed, supplements, bedding, horse gear, equipment, and supplies as well as alternative treatments and interventions.

Submission of a grant application is not required to receive a Transparency Award. Only those organizations that meet our Transparency requirements and have received the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation in 2018 are eligible to receive financial support in 2018 from the EQUUS Foundation.

Financial support is awarded based on the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year and the evaluation by the EQUUS Foundation of the needs of the organization, the merits of the organization's programs, services, and activities and the organization's operating budget.

Priority is given to those organizations that receive the Guardian designation by May 31, 2018. However, financial support may be awarded to organizations that receive the Guardian designation after May 31.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The EQUUS Foundation connects individuals and organizations in the equine community committed to the welfare of horses with the goal of building a support base of equine advocates and affecting change.

The Equine Welfare Network consists of equine organizations united by their commitment to horse welfare that are primarily charitable organizations and in some instances, government agencies or entities that meet our eligibility requirements.

The listing is provided free of charge to eligible organizations to help educate visitors about their mission and programs, and raise awareness of the value of horses in our lives. The listing of an organization on this site is not an endorsement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The EQUUS Foundation joined together with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2009 to establish the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award to celebrate the humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equestrian world. From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding the general public's appreciation and respect of the diverse role of horses, the recipient of this award will be an individual or group of individuals who has devoted considerable personal time to making the quality of life of our equine partners paramount. The goal of this humanitarian honor is to spotlight and exalt the selfless dedication one individual or a group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or national scale.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Champions program is an incentive-based equine service program to stimulate and reward volunteerism on behalf of horses. Individuals achieving Champion status become eligible to receive Champion benefits include the opportunity for scholarship to further their academic and riding education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Horse Stars Hall of Fame is a joint program of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation established in 2013 to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical bond between horses and people, honor the contributions of amazing horses and share the stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats with the goal to build a more informed and compassionate America that values the impact of horses in our lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Equine Education Network was established in 2015 to connect individuals interested in pursuing studies and/or careers in the equine industry to the educational institutions with the curricula they seek; direct individuals interested in collegiate riding programs to the collegiate riding programs at participating educational institutions; and provide a network of qualified individuals associated with the educational institutions to assist the EQUUS Foundation in its evaluation of equine charities seeking financial support by conducting on-site visits to equine charities in their vicinity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Next Chapters is an exciting new EQUUS Foundation program for horse lovers to connect directly with organizations that have horses that are ready for adoption and with organizations that are looking for program horses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

As the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to horse welfare and the horse-human bond, the EQUUS Foundation is committed to:

ELIMINATING ABUSE
• Eliminating the abuse, neglect and slaughter of horses by increasing the number and capacity of equine charities dedicated to re-homing horses in transition so that they can take in more horses to re-home; and educating stakeholders and horse owners on the options available for horses when owners can no longer care for them.

HEALING PEOPLE
• Sharing their magic and power of horses with people who need them the most by increasing the number and capacity of equine charities dedicated to using Equine-assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for people with special needs; and educating and engaging stakeholders involved in the special needs community.

Our efforts and programs are focused on:
• Inspiring horse lovers to become horse protectors by stimulating advocacy and volunteerism;
• Educating the public on the value of horses in our lives; and most importantly,
• Empowering equine charities to be fully transparent and operate at the highest standards for horse care and service by providing them with financial support, recognition, guidance, and resources.

Especially now - with the advent of the internet and social media - it has become critical to verify that organizations making appeals to potential donors are fully transparent and operating at the highest standards for the care and service of horses.

Equine charities seeking financial support from the EQUUS Foundation undergo a comprehensive verification process to ensure donor confidence in the charities selected to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation each year.

As the only national charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people, the EQUUS Foundation is in a unique position to connect individuals and organizations in the equine community committed to the welfare of horses with the goal of building a support base of equine advocates and affecting change.

In addition to our grants, EQUUS Foundation programs, including the Equine Welfare Network, Champions volunteer program, Equine Education Network, Next Chapters, Guardians, Horse Stars Hall of Fame, Alliance, Forever Farms, and the #HorseProtectors, are all focused on inspiring horse lovers to be horse protectors, educating the public on the impact of horses in our lives, and empowering equine charities to advance their work to eliminate the abuse of horses and share their magic and power with the people who need them the most.

The EQUUS Foundation was initially established in 2002 as an all-volunteer locally-based charity in Connecticut to provide financial support to a handful of local equine charities. By 2008, we had awarded over $1 million in grants and moved from all-volunteer to one paid staff member. We now operate with a fully-integrated and custom cloud-based infrastructure allowing us to conduct programs 100% remotely and be able to manage staff and volunteers based anywhere in the US. We have grown to award over $3.7 million in small grants to deserving equine charities nationwide and have built out a range of programs to support them. But there are still too many horses in this country need a life-line and opportunities to thrive. Our vision is an America where all horses are valued not only as athletes, but also as teachers, companions, and healers and where they naturally transition throughout their lives from one chapter to the next without risk of abuse, neglect and slaughter,

Financials

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EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jenny Belknap Kees

Clinique

Term: 2010 - 2013

Jenny Belknap Kees

Clinique

Catherine Herman

Mark Sheptoff

Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning

Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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