Dream Catchers

Where horse power changes lives

aka Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center   |   Williamsburg, VA   |
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Dream Catchers

EIN: 54-1692709


Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

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Executive Director

Nancy Williams

Main address

P.O. Box 1261

Williamsburg, VA 23187 USA

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Formerly known as

Cumberland Landing Therapeutic Riding

Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding



Subject area info

Patient social services


Animal therapy


Population served info

Children and youth


Low-income people

At-risk youth

People with disabilities

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NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center delivers weekly equine-assisted therapeutic interventions to people living with disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans. The organization was founded in 1993 to serve children with special needs. Over the decades, programs have expanded to include therapeutic riding, horsemanship, psychotherapy with horses, and Equine Assisted Learning. Dream Catchers is a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center—the only one on the Virginia Peninsula. Located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Dream Catchers serves individuals and families who work and reside on the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, and in the Greater Richmond area. Lessons are facilitated by certified professionals to inspire emotional, cognitive, physical, and social growth through interactions with horses. The horses selected to be part of our team undergo a rigorous trial period as they are evaluated for suitability as therapy horses.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work


Premier Status 2015

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

Affiliations & memberships

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association 2003

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 accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Veterans, Military personnel

Related Program

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Premier Accreditation requirements (X2)- the most possible in the 5 year time frame), and the Virginia Horse Council for Research.

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Veterans, Military personnel, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

2022 Total represents 7/1/22-6/30/23 Total includes therapeutic horseback riding (177 unduplicated individuals); psychotherapy with horses (370); equine-assisted learning (20); and veterans (90)

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

College of William and Mary, VCU, PATH, Therapeutic Riding Association of VA, CNU

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Strategic Plan: 2018-2021
Approved by the Board of Directors October 30, 2018

GOAL 1: Dream Catchers is a financially stable organization capable of supporting program goals, facility maintenance, and an operating reserve fund
GOAL 2: Dream Catchers is recognized as a center that implements evidence-based best practices across EAS programs
GOAL 3: Dream Catchers’ mission is supported by a highly qualified team of staff and community volunteers
GOAL 4: Dream Catchers is governed and led by an engaged Board of Directors
GOAL 5: Dream Catchers is supported by high quality infrastructure

Fees from all EAS programs will provide an increasing percentage of income
Increase the amount of donated dollars from all sources (individuals, corporations, grants)
Monitor operational costs
Board and Advisory Board Members will stay informed through reports and meetings
Potential Board and Advisory Board Members will be identified, recruited, and provided necessary information to carry-out responsibilities
Potential new Board Members will be suggested to the Executive Committee, a Committee of Board Members
The Board of Directors takes actions to assure the sustainability of Dream Catchers
Maintain PATH Intl standards in compliance with Premier Accreditation
The effectiveness of services provided by Dream Catchers will be evaluated on an ongoing basis
Through the development and implementation of best practices, Dream Catchers is a leader in the EAS industry
The facility will meet the needs of all EAS programs per PATH Intl. standards
Infra-structure maintenance, repair, replacement, and improvement costs will be reviewed by qualified individuals with estimates for costs obtained and compared.

Dream Catchers is capable of serving over 800 participants each year across all programs/services. The services being provided include: therapeutic riding, (mounted lessons), therapeutic horsemanship (unmounted lessons), equine assisted learning, equine assisted psychotherapy, speech therapy, community health & wellness programs, professional education and mentorship for professional and prospective professionals in the equine assisted services industry.

Our state-of-the art facility is debt free and allows us to operate in all seasons and to provide services when many other organizations must restrict service due to inclement weather. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of our professional staff provide the very highest level of service. One of our instructors has achieved their Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Advanced Certification, current held by approximately 250 individuals world-wide. We are a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center. We keep a financial reserve so that we can prevent the interruption of services and have sufficient reserves to handle unexpected expenses, while recognizing the need to build these reserves, as opposed to depleting them.

Our welcoming and inclusive culture affirms the people we serve and their families. The genuine caring and nurturing of participants, our volunteers, their families, and the gratitude we express to our supporters are significant components of what makes Dream Catchers a very special place.

In the last ten years, Dream Catchers has grown from providing therapeutic riding as the only service provided to a few participants, to serving over 800 individuals with over 150 separate diagnoses annually. The scope and the content of our programs have expanded dramatically. In the past, we have also presented research findings to professional audiences in EAS, education, and school psychology at the local, state, national, and international levels. The publication of our research on the effects of therapeutic riding on children with autism was published in the peer reviewed scientific Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. As a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Facility, our commitment to excellence has set us as an industry leader.

Attracting and developing new donors to support the life-changing impacts that are being made by Dream Catchers is a major priority. Our focus on communicating the positive impacts of our programs, and sharing our appreciation for our donors and our volunteers, receive constant and consistent attention.

Dream Catchers continues to seek board members who are engaged and committed to our mission. Adding new board members, who will share their passion for the impacts that we make and thereby widen the group of supporters, is an ongoing process.


Dream Catchers
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 10.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Dream Catchers’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 -$10,338 $44,430 -$1,947 -$24,275 $128,968
As % of expenses -1.5% 6.4% -0.3% -2.8% 16.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$89,687 -$34,603 -$76,791 -$91,512 $73,929
As % of expenses -11.9% -4.5% -9.2% -9.9% 9.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $658,988 $732,664 $1,142,744 $859,960 $943,418
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.4% 11.2% 56.0% -24.7% 9.7%
Program services revenue 32.8% 28.0% 14.5% 30.0% 25.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.7% 16.2%
All other grants and contributions 80.3% 71.7% 84.1% 59.0% 57.5%
Other revenue -13.1% 0.3% 1.4% 0.3% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $671,640 $695,361 $758,302 $861,000 $761,257
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.4% 3.5% 9.1% 13.5% -11.6%
Personnel 70.5% 64.9% 66.7% 60.3% 60.5%
Professional fees 1.1% 1.1% 1.8% 1.9% 1.9%
Occupancy 2.7% 2.7% 3.4% 3.5% 3.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.7% 31.3% 28.1% 34.3% 33.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $750,989 $774,394 $833,146 $928,237 $816,296
One month of savings $55,970 $57,947 $63,192 $71,750 $63,438
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $92,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $61,402
Total full costs (estimated) $806,959 $832,341 $896,338 $1,091,987 $941,136

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.6 5.8 12.5 9.3 10.0
Months of cash and investments 5.6 5.8 12.5 9.3 10.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.8 3.0 1.7 0.7 1.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $312,232 $335,024 $789,926 $664,345 $634,513
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $14,278 $24,735 $10,419 $22,685 $167,175
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,360,909 $1,373,670 $1,439,735 $1,472,898 $1,534,300
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 66.6% 70.7% 72.6% 75.6% 76.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.2% 4.7% 13.9% 6.6% 4.9%
Unrestricted net assets $612,450 $577,847 $501,056 $409,544 $483,473
Temporarily restricted net assets $155,197 $168,097 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $155,197 $168,097 $554,486 $577,721 $630,914
Total net assets $767,647 $745,944 $1,055,542 $987,265 $1,114,387

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Nancy Williams

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Marshall Warner

Robert Moore

No affiliation

Henry Branscome

Henry S Branscome LLC

Sara Harris

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Mary Ellen Power Rogers

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Robby Willey

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Katy Jones

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Christoper Dawson, MD


Tom Chamberlain

Steven Cummings, MD

Denise Ridley Johnston

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 7/11/2023

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