EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION INC

Horsemen Helping Horsemen

aka Equestrian Aid Foundation Inc.   |   Wellington, FL   |  www.equestrianaidfoundation.org

Mission

The Equestrian Aid Foundation provides emergency, lifesaving financial grants to horsemen and women within the United States who are coping with financial crisis due to catastrophic injury, illness or other dire and unforeseen emergency. EAF invests in the future of its grant recipients, giving them the resources to recover and thrive in the face of adversity. We help to rebuild lives.

Ruling year info

1996

Leadership Team Board Member

R. Scot Evans

Main address

11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 10A-377

Wellington, FL 33414 USA

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Formerly known as

Equestrian AIDS Foundation

EIN

65-0546516

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Serving the equestrian community since 1996, the Equestrian Aid Foundation strives to support horsemen and women who are struggling to recover from life-changing crises.

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?

Medical crisis grants

The cornerstone of EAF’s mission, these grants are available to horsemen and women who are in crisis due to catastrophic illness or injury. These needs-based grants help recipients afford basic living and rehabilitative expenses during their period of recovery, allowing them to focus their energy on healing and regaining self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

EAF’s Disaster Relief Fund exists to help equestrian communities in the aftermath of natural or unforeseen disasters. Disbursements from this fund provide essential services, supplies, and relief to horsemen in crisis as a result of dire occurrences unpreventable through reasonable cautionary measures.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Medical crisis grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average grant total per recipient. This will vary each year, depending on the approved maximum grant amount.

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.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation seeks to support the general health and wellbeing of the equestrian community within the United States through three avenues: by offering grant support during times of medical crisis, by securing essential goods or services for communities facing unforeseen catastrophe, and by connecting equestrians to appropriate resources during times of difficulty.

PROGRAMS: designing and implementing programs that effectively address vulnerability within our community, and continuously evaluating the efficacy of said programs.
INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION: partnering with other nonprofit organizations in order to most effectively serve individuals or communities in crisis.
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: using available technology to streamline and enhance communication within our organization; to increase engagement with our supporters and outreach to potential grant recipients; and to modernize our application and grant-giving processes.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS: driving brand awareness and maintaining donor confidence through consistent and frequent messaging across all outreach platforms (press releases, social media, e-blast, and in-person networking and donor engagement).
FUNDRAISING: strategic planning of fundraising events and bi-annual appeals; participating in online crowdfunding initiatives.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The members of EAF’s Board of Directors maintain an active presence in the horse world in a wide variety of capacities. They serve as ambassadors for the Foundation in their day-to-day interactions within the equestrian community.
STAFF: The Foundation relies on a small but highly capable and efficient staff to perform day-to-day operations; execute outreach, programming, and fundraising initiatives; and contribute to both short- and long-range strategic planning.
PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: EAF has built productive partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals within the equestrian community who share our vision of “Horsemen Helping Horsemen.” Such partnerships enhance both our outreach to vulnerable individuals/populations and our fundraising capacities.
DONORS: Fulfilling our mission is ultimately reliant upon the generosity of our donors.

Initially called the Equestrian AIDS Foundation, EAF was incorporated in 1996 to care for members of the equestrian community living with HIV/AIDS. From 2006 to present, as a result of robust community support, it broadened its mission to assist horsemen and women suffering from any catastrophic illness or injury. Since our last GuideStar report in 2018, we have hit the $3 million mark in grant support provided to equestrians in crisis. We have increased operational efficiency, allowing us to simultaneously decrease our overhead and enhance the quality of services we offer. We have improved our brand visibility and creative potential, resulting in increased funding from both established donors and a new demographic of supporters. Most importantly, we have expanded our programming to establish a Disaster Relief Fund.

As we begin our 25th year of service, we remain committed to our founders’ grassroots conviction that a community cares for its members. Given the staggering costs of healthcare and the increased frequency and severity of catastrophic disasters within the United States, there continues to be a tremendous need for the Equestrian Aid Foundation's services. As we look forward, our goals are to cultivate stronger relationships with existing donors and supporters; to improve our visibility, outreach, and fundraising potential outside our areas of geographic strength; and to expand the depth of services we offer in order to most effectively address vulnerability within our community.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Equine Professionals: These individuals directly make their living from horses and horse sports. Occupations include, but are not limited to riders, grooms, horse show staff, farriers, veterinarians, and braiders. Non-Professionals, Amateurs and Juniors: We will accept applications from equestrians who make their living in another field but ride or own horses as a hobby. This includes amateur and junior riders, volunteers and other equine enthusiasts who do not rely on the horse business for their income.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Updating our application process to be more streamlined and easier for applicants to complete. Pre-grant questionnaire is online so that we can quickly identify eligibility requirements in our applicant process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It helps us understand the needs of those we serve and gives us the opportunity to evolve for the betterment of the foundation.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marilou Case, Treasurer

R. Scot Evans

Leadership Team

Jenny Dunion

Applicant Review Committee

Robert Ross

Leadership Team

Patricia Tucker Brennan

Applicant Review Committee

Monique Keitz

Leadership Team

Marilou Case

Leadership Team

Louise Riggio

Leadership Team

Linda Andrisani

Board Member

Missy Luczak Smith

Board Member

Nora Kornheisl

Board Member

James Anderson

Board Member

Amanda Harlan

Board Member

Nancy Hooker

Board Member

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.