Experience Freedom at Runnin Free Ranch

Ennis, TX   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 47-4615353


The mission of Runnin Free Ranch is to provide a non-judgmental, non-pressured environment where veterans, children with special needs, at-risk youth and their families can experience freedom, hope and positive life-changing relationships through the facilitation of equine assisted activities and counseling.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Amy Dojahn

Main address

1403 Old Bardwell Rd

Ennis, TX 75119 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Mental health care

Population served info


At-risk youth

Victims of crime and abuse


NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Services (D60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to 1 in 5 adult Texans will experience a mental health concern at some point this year. Over 20% of children ages 9-17 have a diagnosed mental illness.
Runnin Free Ranch is working to address our communities mental health needs by providing professional equine assisted counseling services free of charge. Much of the time mental health those who need mental health services the most can face many obstacles to receiving those services. For example they may not have insurance, they may not qualify for services and/or they are just overwhelmed by the process of applying for services. Runnin Free Ranch desires to remove any obstacle that may be in the way of receiving the mental health help that a person needs by providing equine assisted counseling free of charge. Finally, this experiential type of therapy may also be more inviting and beneficial to certain populations, such as veterans with PTSD, as opposed to conventional therapy.

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 Counseling

Runnin Free Ranch facilitates one to two hour sessions for each individual, family or group using a mental health professional, horse specialist and a rescued horse or horses to help participants affected by trauma to examine their human relationship patterns through the example of their human/horse relationship experience.
In other equine assisted activities the horse and activity are used as possible metaphors, where the mental health professional and/or equine specialist point out these possible metaphors to the participant(s) or group to their life experiences.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Facilitation of equine assisted activities and trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapy in which one has the opportunity to learn communication skills, team building, goal setting, confidence building, personal insight and how to build healthy connected relationships through the human/horse relationship experience.
Sessions are individually tailored to meet each participant's need

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To be a non judgemental, non pressured environment

2. To make mental health services accessible to all by providing our services free of charge

3, To incorporate equine assisted counseling sessions to help those affected by mental health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other anxiety issues, depression and behavioral and emotional issues.

4. To help a person experience freedom in their life by either introducing a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ or by helping them to grow in their walk with Jesus.

Our strategies are to

1. Welcome each person to Runnin Free Ranch no matter their status, race, disability or gender
2. To create fundraising opportunities, encourage donations and seek funding opportunities so we can continue to offer our services free of charge.
3. Facilitate equine assisted counseling sessions that are tailored to meet the need presented
4. Be the light and the salt of the earth that points to Jesus when an opportunity is presented

First we are not capable of doing this. We believe at Runnin Free Ranch that these goals and strategies are ultimately accomplished by Jesus working in us, His power not ours.

With that being said, Runnin Free Ranch has 3 rescued horses that are a part of our therapy program.

We have two fundraisers each year, a fishing tournament and a horse clinic. We are continuing to expand our fundraising opportunities to help support Runnin Free Ranch and we have active partnerships with other local counselors, the boys and girls club, veteran associations and mhmr

We do not charge for our sessions and we have increased the number of equine assisted counseling sessions from approximately 40 sessions in 2016 to 100 sessions in 2017 and over 400 session in 2018


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15.18 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of RUNNIN FREE RANCH’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,279 $14,265 $50,416 $19,982
As % of expenses 6.4% 20.7% 60.8% 20.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,279 $14,265 $50,416 $19,982
As % of expenses 6.4% 20.7% 60.8% 20.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $71,185 $83,149 $93,677 $119,649
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 16.8% 12.7% 27.7%
Program services revenue 13.4% 7.9% 1.4% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 86.6% 92.1% 98.3% 92.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 8.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $66,906 $68,884 $82,940 $99,667
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 3.0% 20.4% 20.2%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 57.0% 59.7%
Professional fees 64.5% 64.1% 3.9% 6.3%
Occupancy 9.1% 6.0% 9.6% 6.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 26.4% 30.0% 29.6% 27.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $66,906 $68,884 $82,940 $99,667
One month of savings $5,576 $5,740 $6,912 $8,306
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,250 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $72,482 $74,624 $92,102 $107,973

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.5 6.9 7.8 8.7
Months of cash and investments 4.5 6.9 7.8 8.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2 6.5 7.0 8.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $24,950 $39,353 $53,612 $72,561
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,250 $2,250 $2,250 $2,250
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.6% 4.6% 9.7% 5.9%
Unrestricted net assets $25,414 $39,679 $0 $70,398
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $25,414 $39,679 $50,416 $70,398

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Amy Dojahn

Amy Dojahn has a passion to help people since was young. She is now a licensed professional counselor and knows that horses can have an impact on people to help change lives.

Amy has had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since she was 3 years old. She is now 51 years old and can no longer walk but God has used horses and is still using horses in helping her experience freedom in who He has created her to be. Amy now has been given me the opportunity and the vision to bring that gift to others through Runnin' Free Ranch.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Matt Neal


Term: 2020 - 2022

Board co-chair

Matt Walker

Pastor of Anthony Drive Baptist Church

Term: 2019 - 2022

Matt Walker

Pastor of Anthony Drive Baptist Church, Ennis, TX

Matt Neal

Engineer at GAF

Joyce Lindauer


DJ Dojahn


Ashley Neal

Physical Therapist

Frances Smith


Adrienne Standeford

Director of Operations

Amy Dojahn


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? 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 3/2/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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