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AGAPE ACRES

Love never fails

Marana, AZ   |  www.agapeacresaz.org
GuideStar Charity Check

AGAPE ACRES

EIN: 46-5728000


Mission

Agape Acres mission is to share the unconditional love of Christ (Agape love) by providing Therapeutic Riding Lessons that utilize EAAT (equine assisted activities and therapy) and EAL (equine assisted learning) to children and individuals with special needs, veterans and survivors of sex trafficking.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Brian Nelson

Secretary/Treasurer; Certified Instructor

Janie Nelson

Main address

37603 1 S Staghorn Ln

Marana, AZ 85658 USA

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EIN

46-5728000

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Equestrianism

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Victims and oppressed people

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (O03)

Other Services (D60)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our main problem is funding. We have 16 horses at Agape Acres, not all of whom can be ridden. If they are not able to be ridden then we work with them to utilize them with ground schooling and restoration programs. It cost approximately $1,000 per horse per year for hay and an additional $1300 to $1500 per year for our older horses that need extra supplementation in their diet with feed. Keeping our horses fed and cared for with veterinary, dental, chiropractic, hoof and massage therapy care is essential for their overall health. This all takes consistent funding so that there is not an interruption in care. Our biggest hurdle is having the resources to provide this care.

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 Assisted Activities and Therapy

We promote EAAT and EAL for children and individuals with special needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We provide independent riding lessons to children and individuals that are able to ride without assistance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

18 week ground curriculum for Veterans. This program is offered at no cost to any veteran.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

24 week restoration program utilizing our equine partners to #redeem and #restore survivors of sex trafficking. The curriculum is through COH - Colors of Hope Equine Restoration.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

Where we work

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.

We are looking to find consistent partners that we can rely on to support our cause and programs by supporting the care of our Equine partners. We continue to work on getting information and word out to our community about the equine therapy programs that we offer and continue to work on applying for grants so that we build those partnerships with organizations that can provide funding.

We participate in annual events such as the Tucson Rodeo and the Marana Fall Festival. We set up information booths whenever and wherever there is an opportunity. We consistently reach out to local Schools and organizations to get time on their calendar to talk about what we do. We search for grants and apply when we meet the criteria (did you know that some organizations will only give grants to very large non-profits?) We have joined our local Chamber of Commerce and are advertising in a local business journal (The Christian Resource Guide).

We are 100% volunteer operated and have a very small volunteer force. The volunteers that we have currently assist with horse grooming and lessons in the arena. We do not have anyone helping with administration, fundraising, community outreach, etc. This all falls to the founders of our organization at this time, so we are limited in the man power we have to get things done.

So far we have a great therapeutic riding program running. We are serving 21 to 25 special needs children weekly and we are extremely proud of the relationships we have created in the TR program. We received a large donation in 2018 which allowed us to purchase 2 - Premier Portable Buildings to provide with a tack room and office storage space on site at our center. This was such a blessing and has given us the ability to become more organized and efficient in serving our kiddos during riding lessons.
Next is getting funding to erect a modular barn that was donated to us.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AGAPE ACRES

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $29,956
Program Services $6,246
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $7,769
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $39,972
Expenses
Program Services $1,378
Administration $3,319
Fundraising $893
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $26,333
Total Expenses $31,923

AGAPE ACRES

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $24,500
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $24,500

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Brian Nelson

Brian retired from the Border Patrol as a CBP Air Interdication Agent (helicopter pilot) after 27 years cumulative service to the US Government. He has a Degree in Equine Sciences and is a Natural Hoof Care Practioner. Brian role at Agape Acres is whole horse care; he oversees the nutrition, hoof care and environment of the horses. He is responsible for management of the facility and promoting a natural, healthy environment of the horses and other animals that are a part of the program at Agape Acres.

Secretary/Treasurer; Certified Instructor

Janie Nelson

Janie is a Certified Riding Instructor with Path International. She is certified to provide therapeutic riding instruction to individuals who are serviced and assisted through Agape Acres and develop programs to provide equine therapy to clientele as well as training to volunteers. Janie keeps the books and records for the organization and is responsible for marketing, social media and fundraising. She is responsible for ensuring that the facility, equines, program and all records meet the standards and certifications for PATH International.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

AGAPE ACRES

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Richard Kozel

Director

Term: 2014 -

Brian Nelson

Agape Acres

Janie Nelson

Agape Acres

Ben Fritz

Bullpen Coach, San Diego Padres

Courtney Fritz

Principal, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf

Richard Kozel

Retired

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 1/18/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data