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MARLEY PROJECT INC

People Helping Horses ~ Horses Helping People

Camden, SC   |  https://themarleyproject.org

Mission

The Marley Project, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) dedicated to Equine Assisted Services including Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Rescue, and Equine Based Public Service. Our organization provides and supports programs for Mental Health and Wellness, Equine Experiences through Arts and Literacy Integration and collaborations with local charity organizations. Funding donations provide scholarships and learning programs for law enforcement, educators, caregivers and children. Contributions also support work with the rescue horses used in our programs and provide materials for our equine and community events.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Julianne Neal

Co Principal Officer

Bruce Anderson

Main address

Po Box 1464

Camden, SC 29021 USA

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EIN

47-5437047

NTEE code info

(Education N.E.C.) (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It can be hard to handle pressure, but developing your AlphA Mindset helps you learn to deal with the things that seem insurmountable. Your spouse isnt helping with the horse, your horse won't load onto the trailer, your boss isn't listening to your input. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Having experiences with horses can help you balance your reaction to the pressures of life. Being able to access the mental tools that will help you in any given moment is the key to successful interactions with others. Unfortunately, many people don't have access to an equine setting, or sometimes even the access to a natural environment. We provide that safe space through our rescue horses with Equine Assisted Services and the Natural Humanship framework.

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?

Wellness Through Mustangs

The Wellness Through Mustangs Program incorporates Mustangs in work with individuals and groups for self-awareness, team dynamics and dealing with pressure. The way we handle pressure and mistakes interferes with our relationships with others, animals and ourselves but developing the AlphA Mindset can set the conditions for you to raise your pressure threshold while at the same time becoming truer to your own nature. Working with Mustangs through this model shows you how to build your mental tools instead of focusing on the external rewards from achieving the end goal, allowing the endorphin kick to reward yourself from the inside out.

Population(s) Served

Some of our favorite community events are Marley's Literary Fests. Whether we bring Marley or one of his rescued herd-mates, we love to introduce our equines to new friends and spread the word in the community about Equine Assisted Services. Many times, a Marley's Literary Fest will allow us to expand our services to new clients, but it may also help us showcase the power of horses for healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

During the fall of 2022, we began our programming for "non-domestic" horses with the arrival of Willie, a feral young stallion gathered during a herd dispersal and run through a sale barn in Texas. The handlers and shipper deemed Willie unsafe. Through his arrival, gelding procedures, early foundational work and eventual training, Willie became the impetus for our deep dive into rescue. From Willie to Congaree, a Mustang from the former Arapaho Creek HMA in Wyoming, the herd of natural ("wild") horses incorporated into our sessions bring a different level of engagement to our participants through their untainted histories.

Population(s) Served
Parents
At-risk youth
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Featured Charity 2023

Horses for Mental Health

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 demonstration project or pilot sites

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

Wellness Through Mustangs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2023 provided the opportunity to participate in demonstrations at Equine Affaire in Ohio, Mustang Summit in Colorado and the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest in New Mexico, in addition to NC and SC.

Number of students registered for online courses

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we reinstated our online coursework in 2023, we were able to provide both self-paced study and one new cohort. We've instituted Level 1 certification and an additional course in 2024.

Number of copies of work distributed/sold

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

Marley's Literary Fest

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We published "IN Working with Horses: Building the Mental Tools to Discover the Authentic YOU" in September, 2023 and reported the sale of 101 copies by December.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Unfortunately, many people don't have access to an equine setting, or sometimes even the access to a natural environment. We provide that safe space through our rescue horses with Equine Assisted Services and the Natural Humanship framework.

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING
Our program includes Equine Assisted Services based in and through:

*EDUCATION
Focusing on life skills and mental tools
*ORGANIZATIONS
Enhancing work dynamic and performance
*PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Developing decision-making and critical thinking skills through life-coaching

EQUINE BASED HORSEMANSHIP
Our Horsemanship services are actually based on Natural HumanshipTM and include:

*Horse behavior and handling, thereby building a solid mental foundation
*Mounted and unmounted activities with the Round pen as a training ground
*Experiential sessions in order to understand the horse as a metaphor

Our organization has worked within our local community to provide services since the early 2000s when we organized the community's first Patriotic Rally to benefit the families of deployed military citizens in Kershaw County. We continued to offer services for youth in the community through literary programs incorporating equine literature. In building capacity since our IRS non-profit determination in 2016, we have been able to reach a wider audience through collaborations with national organizations, such as the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest, Equus Television Network and Horses for Mental Health. We initiated online coursework for the Natural Humanship training and certification in 2021, designating 100% percent of online sessions, training and coursework for scholarship and care of our rescue horses. As we expand the coursework into 2024 and provide additional demonstration and clinic opportunities, not only will we provide additional support for our clients, we will also provide positive foundational work for the Mustangs and domestic horses in our care.

The Marley Project started as a small community literary program incorporating horses. The initial work included Community events featuring horses, with arts integration activities, introductions to equine authors and celebrity read-a-thons. Over the past decade, the project developed into a non-profit providing Equine Assisted Services for both horses and humans, film projects, published literature and Mustang Adoptions. With the new Wellness Through Mustangs program, we plan to build a virtual and eventually bricks and mortar Resource Center showcasing the unique characteristics of America's Living Legends.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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MARLEY PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Anderson

Julianne Neal

Angie Matthews

Marcia Sharpe

Roslyn Moore

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/8/2024

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.