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Courageous Connections

Healing, learning, and growing through experiences with horses.

Lake Stevens, WA   |  courageous-connections.org

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Mission

Our mission is to promote the physical and emotional development of people of all ages and unique abilities through safe, therapeutic outdoor activities. We exist to bring humans and horses together to empower participants with diverse challenges towards personal growth. Our focus is on designing classes that can benefit participants depending on their individual goals and objectives.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Kathy Sanders

Main address

9114 131st Ave NE

Lake Stevens, WA 98258 USA

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EIN

82-1718242

NTEE code info

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

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Courageous Connections is a Therapeutic Horsemanship Program that provides classes to people with challenges such as Down's syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, and other challenges. The horses are our respected partners and the equine-assisted activities improve mental health, foster independence and self-confidence, and provide interactions between people with diverse challenges and those who are committed to helping them overcome those challenges. Many of our families also face financial challenges and we provide as much scholarship funding as we can afford in order to provide these classes at a reduced rate to anyone who might benefit, regardless of their ability to pay.

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?

Equine Encounters

These classes involve a dynamic partnership between the participant, the horse, and an equine specialist. Equine Encounters is not a horsemanship class, but instead a safe place for the participant to experience personal growth and self-discovery. Equine Encounters provides a nontraditional and effective method to help process and overcome unwanted individual situations. The focus is on interaction with the horses and learning through observation. Generally it does not involve actual horseback riding.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adults

Our Sensational Seniors program has dual purposes:
First, to provide seniors with an opportunity to interact with our unique young participants as volunteers. Today many young people are not able to enjoy the benefit of grandparents. We believe this cross-generational learning and perspective is hugely beneficial not only to those directly involved but also to those who are fortunate enough to observe.

Second, to offer an opportunity for seniors to take part as a participant. Perhaps trying something completely new and gaining insight, confidence and energy through interaction with the horses and the great outdoors.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PATH Certified Center 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total Number of Participants

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants who attend at least one individual or group class

Total Number of Workshop Participants

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We strongly encourage seniors to volunteers with our organiztion. Our volunteers range in age from 14-82 years.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers work in the classes as assistants as well as helping with administrative tasks such as social media, scheduling volunteers, and fundraisers.

Total Number of Donors

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes both Individual Donors and Corporate Donors

Total number of grants awarded

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children with a disability supported to live at home

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Equine Encounters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Horsemanship and Trauma Informed Care Training for staff and volunteers

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 Therapy is a particularly compelling educational experience for developing life skills such as effective communication, developing the ability to focus on the task at hand, resilience in anxiety-provoking situations, appropriate boundary setting, and building healthy relationships. We would like to continue to grow our programs in order to offer these experiences to more individuals in 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.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Courageous Connections

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathy Sanders

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Term: 2017 - 2022

Sue Eulau

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Lisa Hillis

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Chloe Wilkens

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Kathy Sanders

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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 ? 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 1/4/2024

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/25/2022

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Policies and processes
  • 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.