Hope Held by a Horse

Hope Held by a Horse provides emotional support to cancer survivors, at any stage of diagnosis, through equine-assisted therapy..

Parker, CO   |
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Hope Held by a Horse

EIN: 46-4875843


Hope Held by a Horse provides emotional support to cancer survivors, at any stage of diagnosis, through equine-assisted therapy. Hope Held by a Horse gives individuals the opportunity to reclaim a part of themselves that has been lost or diminished through the challenges of cancer. Our goal is to provide a place in which individuals can address fears and express emotional pain. The spiritual connection with horses helps them feel supported, centered, empowered and able to continue on and thrive.

Ruling year info


President/Executive Director

Suzanne Hagmaier

Main address

12035 Piney Lake Rd

Parker, CO 80138 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Mental health counseling


Human services

Population served info


NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hope Held by a Horse

We host an Equine assisted program wherein individuals diagnosed with cancer are invited to connect with others who share a similar journey. The program includes an evening with dinner and connecting, the following day participants have the opportunity to interact with and become comfortable with the horses, learning more about themselves through the feedback from the horses. This is accomplished through experiential exercises. The experiences throughout the day are designed to allow for flexibility, so that the needs of each participant can be met. Each program is led by a certified equine gestaltist and psychotherapist.
Horses are very therapeutic in the healing process. Studies have shown actual physical and emotional improvement from being in the presence of horses. The needs for services and programs related to cancer is great. This program helps individuals in a way no other counseling services can.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Hope Held by a Horse
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 0.00 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 62.1 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hope Held by a Horse

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 Hope Held by a Horse’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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $459,968 -$205,717
As % of expenses 1203.2% -364.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $459,968 -$205,717
As % of expenses 1203.2% -364.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $38,617 $40,650
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 5.3%
Program services revenue 2.6% 2.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 7.7% 8.4%
Government grants 0.0% 24.6%
All other grants and contributions 89.7% 64.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $38,230 $56,444
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 47.6%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 64.5% 69.2%
Occupancy 5.5% 5.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 30.0% 25.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $38,230 $56,444
One month of savings $3,186 $4,704
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $41,416 $61,148

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 248.1 124.3
Months of cash and investments 248.1 124.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 248.1 124.3
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $790,370 $584,653
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $790,370 $584,653

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


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

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President/Executive Director

Suzanne Hagmaier

I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2008 & 2011. As I finished my chemo treatments and began my radiation, I decided I never wanted anyone to fight this disease alone. I began sitting with other women during their chemo treatments, answering their questions, hopefully removing some fear of the unknown. It became very therapeutic for me to help others navigate through their journey and find their new normal. I’ve met many brave, amazing women whom I have built lifelong friendships. I had the opportunity to participate in the Hope Held by a Horse program, the experience completely changed my life. I went back to school to receive my Profit, Non-Profit Management Certificate, graduate of the EGCM certification program, completed a triathlon and now have 5 horses. I’m so blessed to be a part of this incredible organization. Everything happens for a reason, and I firmly believe I am right where I’m supposed to be, doing what I love!

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Suzanne Hagmaier

Hope Held by a Horse

Term: 2018 - 2025

Suzanne Hagmaier

Lisa Lambright

Sabrina Wright-Hobart

Gizelle Willams

Jerrelyn Corraggio

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? 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 3/14/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.