Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Creating Unbridled Moments. Witness the Magic

aka H&H, EATSF   |   Boca Raton, FL   |  www.equineatsf.org

Mission

Our program is dedicated to providing therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities for the children and adults with special needs so that they may improve physically, mentally and emotionally.

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, serves the southeast Florida region.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Molly Murphy

Main address

PO Box 273542

Boca Raton, FL 33427 USA

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Formerly known as

Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, Inc.

EIN

59-2211126

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Autism (G84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida is working to widen the understanding of the organization’s mission and availability program services to individuals with special needs and nonprofit partners in our community. The organization’s ultimate goal is to inform and increase awareness among all individuals on the benefits of a holistic intervention strategy within a healthcare/rehabilitation plan, through the use of therapeutic horseback riding and other essential equine-focused activities.

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?

Therapeutic Riding

We service approximately 106 weekly students during our regular riding sessions and 34 during summer. We have three regular sessions of 11 weeks duration during the year for a total of 33 weeks. Students come one hour per week for group classes. Four per class or 30 min.class with one instructor & one student. (One on one)

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

A treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement facilitated by a physical, occupational, or speech therapist. The therapist will change variables that include the horse’s speed, direction, position of the patient, and the therapeutic activities performed, to achieve the best outcome.
Hippotherapy is typically for students with physical challenges. Often, those students can transition into the therapeutic riding program after their strength and balance have improved.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

A non-mounted, curriculum based program focused on teaching participants of all ages about horse care. The equine curriculum meets the most current Florida Education Standards.
The program offers opportunities to do hands-on learning in the math, reading and science areas and gives participants a chance to improve their communication and social skills. We look at students IEP goals in order to incorporate those specific goals into the student’s lesson plans.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

A non-mounted therapy program, open to individuals or group of all ages, in which a licensed mental health professional works with the client and horse to explore feelings and behaviors. Children and adults suffering from mental or physical abuse, PTSD, bullying, depression, anxiety, substance abuse or eating disorders benefit from this program.

EATSF partners with Stable Place to offer this program.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2017

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2017

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.

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida has developed a series of goals and strategies to help the organization become an industry leader in the equine assisted activities and therapies industry. These goals include but are not limited to:

Organizational Goals:

• Improve donor follow-through: Develop and execute targeted communication plan for grantors and donors at a specific giving level, with financial goal to follow the development plan goal of a 2% increase in monetary donations.

• Encourage alternate involvement: Actively engage the standing committee structure within organizational bylaws.

• Diversify marketing and messaging: Promote local monetary donations through a visible development and concurrent social media plan.

• Increase community exposure with like-groups: Schedule at least 1 income producing workshop or opportunities for continuing education in the Therapeutic Learning Center, every session – 3/year.

• Improve organizational agility through integration of technology: Improve automation of data collection in order to improve overall accessibility of forms and organizational reporting.

Programmatic Goals:

• Execute a system for measuring student/rider successes and improvements for reporting and matriculation purposes.

• Increase availability and opportunity of program services by 10% over the next fiscal year (+20 participants).

• Program Evaluation: Evaluate and reevaluate all program operations to include – enrollment, program communication.

• Program Partnership Expansion: Work with existing organizational partners, such as Stable Place to determine viability of program expansion within the mental health community and the Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy programs to increase services.

• Herd Stewardship and Succession Planning: Develop processes and programs for sustainable herd development and retirement in order to bring in 1 horse each year, over the course of 5 years.

Organizational Strategies:
• Engage appropriate grantors in special program events and connection with participants/families that are supported.

• Executive Director and Development Director to engage new or select grantors in future strategy of the organization – Schedule one grantor or high-level donor/month.

• Calendarize meetings and recruit viable members for subcommittee or board membership opportunities, with a membership goal of 4 people/committee, begin meetings within second quarter of 2020.

• Encourage board members to introduce connections that would benefit the strategic direction of the organization.

• Annualize all board forms and paperwork in order to set expectations of individual members and committees (i.e. board partnership agreement, conflict of interest, etc.)

• Develop annual development plan with financial goals on a monthly basis and an annual stretch goal, increasing development income by 2%, specifically focusing on smaller, more intimate events, including:
• Promote house parties as an opportunity for board, committee members or dedicated volunteers to invite friends to learn more about EATSF.
• 10-15 attendees with 2 house party events per year.

• Increase giving club membership by 2 members per quarter at $35 level.

• Promote organizational programs/events and community events through a thematic social media plan.

• Advertise room/space rentals and availability on social media and hyperlocal applications like NextDoor or hyperlocal printed publications.

• Redevelop current website platform in order to improve presentation of message and access to organizational forms that will have an auto-fill capability.
• Program Enrollment
• Program Intake
• Volunteer On-boarding

Program Strategies:
• Engage instructor team to create measurable levels for each class in order to properly place existing and new students in appropriate classes w/knowledgeable and capable instruction.

• Utilize measurable goals and objectives for grant applications to better track individual progression of riders (develop scaled objectives at multiple riding levels).

• Improve outreach to PATH (regional and international) community to utilize existing tools for measuring student’s success.

• Improve outreach and collaboration with fellow nonprofits for inclusive or single-day opportunities.
• Competitively price EFL single-day learning options.
• Improve engagement with the local school system and/or partnering nonprofit organizations to develop unmounted opportunities.

• Improve data collection during rolling enrollment so that the organization can capture how many enrollment calls are made against the final submission of program paperwork.

• Work with local medical doctors to improve understanding of program application and organizational needs.

• Grow Herd Stewardship endowment by 2022-2023 in order to pull the 5% invested income for general herd needs, including possible purchase of appropriate herd members.

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida has expanded general outreach activities in order to create and develop partnerships amongst the local school district and nonprofit partners. The organization has also relied on the experience of contracted instructors to develop program-specific tools, such program measurement survey’s, skills rubrics and program manuals.

The Board of Directors has also assisted with providing leadership on community outreach and board subcommittee recruitment. Through the expansion of board subcommittees, to include community engagement, governance, infrastructure and finance - the organization is also able to expand its reach, as well as increase opportunities for involvement for interested parties.

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida has been successful in onboarding new nonprofit partners into the Equine-Facilitated Learning program and has been working on redeveloping the organizational social media plan, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization has sought to utilize each social media platform in a different way, in order to stay in touch with volunteers, participants, family members and supporters. Social media exposure has been a fun way to keep everyone informed during a time of program closure and isolation. The organization will harness this success during the typical program year to provide an educational outlet for the audience of the organization.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Keith Marchesani

Home Depot

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Kirsten Uebrig

BBX Capital, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2021

Kristen Swinehart

Community Leader

Marc Grace

Keefe McCullough CPAs

Michelle Kenney

GAPS Legal

Howard Lerner

Community Leader

Eduardo Safille

ARC Broward

Stephen Good

1847 Financial

Stacy Win

Open English

Dawn Dosch-Betters

Community Leader

Madelyn Smith

Broward County Cultural Division

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data