MARYLAND FUND FOR HORSES

Doing the right thing for Maryland's equines

Libertytown, MD   |  https://www.mdfundforhorses.org

Mission

Promote the health, safety and welfare of equines in Maryland by the following actions: - Educate equine owners and care takers about issues affecting equine care and management; - Educate landowners where equines are kept about issues affecting farm management and stewardship of the land; - Promote collaboration within the equine industry for the benefit of all equines in Maryland; - Provide education and outreach to the general public about responsible equine ownership and equine welfare issues;

Ruling year info

2013

Board President

Ms. Victoria Carson

Main address

Po Box 194

Libertytown, MD 21762 USA

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Formerly known as

Maryland Horse Council Unwanted Horse Project

EIN

45-3753706

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Maryland boasts the highest number of horses per capita of any state in the United States. That's a lot of horses - and Marylanders love their horses. But horses are livestock, they can live for decades and can be expensive to keep. In today's volatile economic climate, sometimes responsible horse owners find themselves temporarily unable to care for their horses effectively. During the 2008 financial crisis, Maryland Fund For Horses was formed based on a clearly defined need for "Safety Net" programs to assist otherwise-responsible horse owners affected by an economic downturn or unexpected financial catastrophe

Our programs

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

Good to Geld

Spring initiative to educate horse owners about the benefits of castrating male horses. Provide $250 vouchers toward the cost of castration.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

When short-term disasters strike, we help horse owners feed and care for their horses and pay for necessary health care - including routine care, emergency medical care, euthanasia and disposal.

We think no responsible horse owner should have to choose whether to feed their horses or their family, or whether to send their beloved horse to a livestock auction where it might be sent to a slaughterhouse in Canada or Mexico.

Maryland Fund For Horses educates the public about responsible horse ownership via social media, pubic outreach and our published resource guide Safe & Sound: A guide to responsible horse ownership for new and prospective horse owners.

Maryland Fund For Horses operates Maryland's only Hay Bank to assist horse owners in need with feeding their horses during the winter when grass is not available. During the COVID-19 crisis we helped provide hay and grain to horse owners who lost their livelihood.

Maryland Fund For Horses provides one-time financial aid for necessary/urgent health care for horses when their owners cannot afford it. We provide compassionate, knowledgeable counseling to horse owners about the obligations of horse ownership, help them find resources and solutions to problems, and assist with re-homing horses when necessary. MFFH conducts a "gelding drive" each spring to educate and encourage horse owners to geld their stallions.

Maryland boasts a wide variety of reputable resources and horse rescue organizations. We collaborate with many of these organizations to help support horses and their owners in need.

Maryland Fund For Horses is operated by a Board of Directors which includes a variety of successful equine practitioners and professionals who guide and oversee the charity's programs. The charity's headquarters is in central Maryland, and we are able to provide services throughout the state by collaborating with our network of equine veterinarians and horse welfare organizations in all areas of the state.

Maryland Fund For Horses is principally funded by the support of private donors. The organization's funding allows us to provide services through our network of equine professionals, hay farmers and grain dealers state-wide.

Maryland Fund For Horses has printed and distributed 5,000 copies of our Safe & Sound reference guide to responsible horse ownership and is preparing a second printing which will also be distributed in print and online.

Maryland Fund For Horses has donated over 45,000 pounds of hay to needy Marylanders' horses since the hay bank was launched. To-date, MFFH has funded castrations for 37 stallions and funded hospitalization and surgery for 12 horses.

Maryland Fund For Horses launched the equine adoption event "APPY FEST" in October 2018 and again in May, 2019 in conjunction with a rescue partner, which resulted in the adoption of over 40 horses.

Financials

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Operations

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MARYLAND FUND FOR HORSES

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Victoria Carson

Carson Associates Consulting

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Peter Radue, DVM

Damascus Equine Associates

Term: 2018 - 2020

Staci Winters

Staci J Winters, CPA

Deborah Sharp

Sparky Hollow Farm

Margaret McKelvy

Mythic Landing Enterprises

David Butts

The Horses Mouth

Lori Brown

Government Contractor

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