Hope Reins

aka Hope Reins of Raleigh   |   Raleigh, NC   |
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Hope Reins

EIN: 27-1074966


Our Vision is to provide true hope and real healing for every child. Our Mission is to provide comfort to hurting children and their families by providing one-on-one sessions between caring leaders and extraordinary 'equine counselors,' many of whom are rescued horses and faced abuse and neglect themselves. All services are free of charge.

Ruling year info


Founder and CEO

Mrs. Kim Tschirret

Main address

8420 Wake Forest Hwy

Raleigh, NC 27613 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal therapy

Youth services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Victims and oppressed people

People with psychosocial disabilities

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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

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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?

One on One sessions

One-on-one sessions between a hurting child, a caring leader and an extraordinary 'equine counselor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kids share a consistent mentor in small groups while building confidence and friendships with peers. These programs give kids the opportunity to grow in trust, understanding boundaries, communication, and leadership.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Number of children served

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

Boys and girls mentoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

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

Boys and girls mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Position Hope Reins for Exponential Scale
Launch a Thought Leadership program to solidify Hope Reins as the leading provider of faith-based equine mentorship.

Maximize ranch infrastructure for greater effectiveness, increased impact and best-in-class modeling.
Ensure we have excellent and sufficient horses and staff ready to work for programs and Headquarters for Hope.
Maximize property and current facilities to support growth in local sessions, Pathway effectiveness and Headquarters for Hope.
Validate program effectiveness from the University of Kentucky study to improve the Pathway to drive continued positive outcomes and better serve our clients.
Build and launch the Headquarters for Hope (HQH) training model to exponentially scale impact worldwide, launching 200 similar ranches by 2033.
Develop impactful outcomes-driven training programs to support the replication of the Hope Reins’ model worldwide.
Bring HQH to market by activating the program among select participants for early adoption, feedback, and improvements.
Develop Alliance strategy to scale impact, share resources, key learnings, and provide encouragement and support to participants.

Hope Reins is in the midst of a two-year process to receive 3rd-party expert validation of the Hope Reins Pathway Program effectiveness from the University of Kentucky (to be completed by the end of 2024).

Maximize ranch infrastructure for greater effectiveness, increased local impact and best-in-class modeling.

Build and launch Headquarters for Hope training model to exponentially scale impact worldwide launching 200 similar ranches by 2033.

Hope Reins has a track record of proven success serving over 23,000 free of charge sessions with thousands of kids and teens across the state of North Carolina. The University of Kentucky is in the midst of a 2-yr study to provide their 3rd party validation of our Pathway Program’s effectiveness. Our program and processes are replicable and we have developed the Hope Reins Headquarters for Hope in order to replicate our program worldwide. Our distinguished interviewing, onboarding, and perpetual training and development plan allows us to ensure our staff is the best and brightest, to preserve employee retention, and promote continued growth. We have a focused strategic plan and a path to achieve our goals.

Hope Reins has, and will continue to provide access to hope and healing for kids in crisis. As of October, 2023 we have already served a record number of kids through 2780 90-minute program sessions, surpassing our 2023 goal of 2470 sessions.

Over the last year, we have built the first phase of our Headquarter for Hope training program, called The Essentials, to assist in the start-up of similar equine ministry across the United State. The Essentials is a self-paced, online training program, to include 22 videos outlining the Hope Reins’ founding Business, Leadership and Operations principles essential to starting a successful faith-based equine mentorship program.

The Hope Reins ranch will enter a phase of growth over the next few years in finalizing some key capital projects to not only serve more kids in crisis but support the build out and expansion of Headquarters for Hope, including phase two of this training academy, entitled The Masters.

We are on target with completing all phases of our organization’s strategic goals outlined above.

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 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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Hope Reins
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 2.29 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hope Reins

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 Reins’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $291,740 $172,972 $669,533 $658,822 $353,409
As % of expenses 30.4% 14.1% 60.0% 47.3% 19.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $232,344 $108,287 $606,190 $588,541 $280,214
As % of expenses 22.8% 8.4% 51.4% 40.3% 15.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,175,996 $1,389,388 $1,849,556 $1,986,531 $2,144,304
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.0% 18.1% 33.1% 7.4% 7.9%
Program services revenue 2.7% 3.9% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.1% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.5% 95.8% 92.8% 99.9% 100.2%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.1% -0.1% 0.0% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $960,198 $1,223,354 $1,116,182 $1,391,550 $1,790,895
Total expenses, % change over prior year 31.1% 27.4% -8.8% 24.7% 28.7%
Personnel 53.5% 55.6% 68.5% 62.6% 66.3%
Professional fees 1.2% 1.1% 1.1% 1.0% 5.2%
Occupancy 0.9% 1.3% 1.3% 6.1% 0.0%
Interest 3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 2.8% 2.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 40.7% 39.1% 26.1% 27.5% 26.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,019,594 $1,288,039 $1,179,525 $1,461,831 $1,864,090
One month of savings $80,017 $101,946 $93,015 $115,963 $149,241
Debt principal payment $19,981 $19,047 $0 $26,023 $25,067
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $313,610 $443,465 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,119,592 $1,409,032 $1,586,150 $2,047,282 $2,038,398

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.4 5.9 11.9 12.2 11.6
Months of cash and investments 6.4 5.9 11.9 12.2 11.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2 6.1 13.0 12.1 11.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $513,025 $605,639 $1,104,705 $1,411,226 $1,726,400
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $5,882 $0 $0 $6,745 $15,272
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,729,380 $1,756,880 $2,070,490 $2,513,955 $2,564,019
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 10.8% 14.2% 15.1% 15.3% 17.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 49.5% 46.9% 40.7% 34.4% 32.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,042,450 $1,150,737 $1,756,927 $2,345,468 $2,625,682
Temporarily restricted net assets $6,938 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,938 $0 $63,841 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,049,388 $1,150,737 $1,820,768 $2,345,468 $2,625,682

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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

Founder and CEO

Mrs. Kim Tschirret

I didn't even realize I was a session kid until we got father along in ministry. When I was a child, I didn't have a Hope Reins or Jesus, but I did have a horse where I continually found comfort and safety. My father was successful in all his business endeavors but an alcoholic at home. My childhood was void of the unconditional love of a father and developed a performance-based mentality to earn my father's love. We shared a passion for horses but my dad always pushed me to show and all I ever wanted to do was be in the stall, take care of my horse and ride… I always wanted the relationship with my horse. This young desire has been nurtured into fruition at Hope Reins. The founding hope for Hope Reins of Raleigh is Inspire True Hope and Real Healing. I believe in this. We want to help more people, help more kids and more than anything else glorify the Lord!

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Hope Reins

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 10/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Allin Foulkrod

CEO, Creative Visions

Jim DeJuneas

Retired, Boston Scientific

Allin Foulkrod

Founder, Creative Visions

Ruby Brown-Herri

Principal Consultant, Herring Training and Consulting, LLC

Keith Magnuson

Retired, Director, US Development, McDonald's Corporation

Jason McGinnis

President, SilverSky

Kami Recla

Hope Reins Client & military widow

Mike Sisco

Retired, Senior Project Manager, IBM

Kim Tschirret

Founder & CEO

Pam Winters

Owner, Leadership Team Development

Lori Accordini

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Radeas Labs

Stavien Harrison


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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.