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New England Equine Rescue-North Inc

Supporting the overwhelming need for equine assistance in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the New England area.

aka NEER North   |   West Newbury, MA   |  www.neernorth.org

Mission

NEER North actively rescues horses and donkeys in need. There are a wide variety of situations including owner surrenders, abuse and neglect, where these majestic animals are at risk of diminished health or, worse yet, heading to slaughter. NEER North is a safe haven where these animals are rehabilitated with the intention of adoption into new families. NEER North also networks closely with other like minded equine rescue organizations, assisting where needed.

Ruling year info

2012

President and Founder

5082844022 Mary Martin

Main address

52 Ash Street

West Newbury, MA 01985 USA

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EIN

45-4007146

NTEE code info

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 2008, NEER North has been helping horses and owners in crisis, primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In January, 2012, the rescue became a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and remains dedicated to rescuing horses who are abused, neglected, or at-risk of slaughter. In addition to rescues, NEER North educates the public on responsible horse ownership and networks to help where assistance is needed. In order to properly assess and rehabilitate surrendered equines, we need a designated area with safe footing.

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?

Emergency Assistance Fund

NEER North has an emergency assistance fund to help struggling owners keep their horses at home and out of the system while they get on their feet or try to re-home their horse

The Feed Fund Program strives to aid owners in financial jeopardy. The cost of the hay and feed can be overwhelming when owners encounter economic difficulty. Knowing that properly feeding the animal is a vital key in keeping a horse healthy and out a rescue situation. NEER North operates the feed fund in conjunction with Nutrena's, Plaid Perks program and private donations. Proceeds and discounts allow NEER North to provide aid to reference- checked horse owners in the form of feed store credits or checks made payable to a hay supplier.
More information can be found on their website.
https://neernorth.org/neer-north-feed-fund/

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome program consists of a step-by-step process taken to evaluate an equine and customize a rehabilitative treatment plan that will fulfill the ultimate goal of releasing the injured or abused animal from its nightmarish situation and restore the majestic beast that resides within. NEER North focuses on rescuing local horses in need and the Integrity of this program is highlighted by a yearly follow-up by members of the NEER North team to ensure continued success of the life story of a once denounced animal.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

In Good Standing NH & MA 2023

Attorney General's Office

Affiliations & memberships

https://ahomeforeveryhorse.com/ 2013

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVRD) Satellite 2019

Massachusetts Equine Welfare Council 2020

Equine Welfare Alliance 2020

Equine Welfare Society 2020

Animal Welfare Institute 2020

Americans Against Horse Slaughter 2020

Animal Law Coalition 2020

American Horse Defense Coalition 2020

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 with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Assistance Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our feed fund helped struggling owners keep their horses fed while they got on their feet. Since we opened our doors we have helped 258 horses by way of our feed fund.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome This program has allowed NEER North to help over 305 horses in need. This data shows how many equines we have taken in.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data reflects how many equines we have adopted out.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data reflects how many equines we have networked to find homes and keep them out of the auction/slaughter system.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

NEER North is dedicated to Rescue, Rehab, and Rehome: We actively rescues horses, ponies, mules and donkeys in need. There are a wide variety of situations including owner surrenders, abuse and neglect where these majestic animals are at risk of diminished health or, worse yet, heading to slaughter. NEER North is a safe haven where these animals are rehabilitated with the intention of adoption into new families.

While continuing our mission to provide these services, we are working towards a new goal of building a covered riding arena, updating our electrical systems and updating our barn facilities. Our main source of income is through donations, fundraising and grants. We are seeking grants to assist us in the expense of installing water hydrants paddocks, purchasing and installing new/additional run-ins and storage building for our tack shop, and constructing additional parking . The run-ins and hydrants will allow us to water shelter additional horses, the parking and tack shop storage will allow us to increase one of our premier sources of income and allow for more visitors to the facility

We have multiple fundraising events throughout the year including an annual auction supported by our Fundraising Team. We have outreach program led by Mary Martin our founder who is increasing support from generous donors. In addition to the barn fundraising events. We have increased participation on our grant team that focuses on identifying and reviewing grants for viability and mission alignment, and writing grants. Our cohesive team is focused raising the funds needed to improve our facility allowing us to rehabilitate and rehome as many horses as possible in a given year. NEER North Inc. depends on local organizations, business sponsorships, donations and fundraising to accomplish their goals of saving these amazing equines.

NEER North has established multiple committees to aid in our fundraising goals.
As noted we have established a grant writing team as well as a fundraising team that in conjunction with our founder, Mary Martin, and the NEER board or directors are establishing a capitol campaign. This campaign establishes the most important areas for improvement in our facility and structures and focuses our fundraising goals around that campaign. In addition the volunteer team speaks on behalf of NEER North and advocates locally for this amazing organization.

In March of 2015 we were able to purchase our property at 52 Ash Street that allows us to scale and meet the needs of our Equine rescues. This could not have been made possible without are incredibly generous donors.
We have established a year round tack store that brings in revenue throughout the year.
Local fundraising events are established year round and are managed by our fundraising teams.
In 2022 we finished construction on our outdoor arena provided an excellent space for working with our equines. We also installed a new well, added additional personnel to our grant team.

Financials

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Operations

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

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New England Equine Rescue-North Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Caitlin Swofford

Mary Martin

Founder

Caitlin Swofford

Board Chair

Trudy Kiley

Treasurer

Anne Bonazoli

Director

Jen Pollard

Secretary

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 ? 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/18/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.