TOBY WELLS FOUNDATION

Horses Heard. Lives Changed.

aka Blue Apple Ranch   |   Poway, CA   |  www.blueappleranch.org

Mission

Toby Wells' Blue Apple Ranch brings youth and animals together through innovative programs that build both compassion and responsibility while connecting with nature.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mrs. Adrienne W Holmes

Main address

P.O. Box 519 Adrienne Wells Holmes

Poway, CA 92074 USA

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EIN

33-0946827

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch remains focused on saving at-risk animals, rehabilitating them and connecting them with disenfranchised children through programs that build compassion and responsibility while connecting with nature.

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?

Raising the BAR Internship Program

Raising the BAR: Technical Experience and Mentoring (TEaM)
“Raising the BAR” TEaM members gather weekly (2:1 participant/staff ratio) for a valuable “hands-on” educational experience:
18 Week program focsued on building both soft and hard skills in the following areas:
3 Pillars
o Horse/Ranch Technical Work Training (care for horses, grounds, business, etc.)
o Environmental/Sustainability
o Life skills (Project-Based Learning, collaborative work, accountability)
Blue Apple Ranch tracks participants during our 18 weeks together. Our nurturing environment promotes positivity and we celebrate when each Intern achieves their personal best.
- Measurements
o Skills acquired (Job specific & interpersonal)
o Knowledge base (Horse/Ranch care/business & Environmental)
o Application of skillsets/knowledge
o Subjective wellbeing
 Self-Efficacy
 Leadership
 Purpose/Choice
Blue Apple Ranch provides TEaM members with uniforms (job/ranch appropriate attire). Expectations and goal setting are constantly reviewed and refined during our time together. Staff facilitates the concepts of independent work, teamwork, and problem solving, as our projects take form. We have found that TEaM members begin to connect their respective effort (and application of skills/knowledge) to positive quantitative and qualitative results.

While Blue Apple Ranch is providing applicable real-world skills, we do recognize we are working with young adults and work to ensure TEaM members enjoy their investment of time and effort:
Other areas of Enrichment:
- Regular physical activity
- Horseback riding
- Time Outdoors/in Nature
- Caring for another (person/animal)

Population(s) Served

Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch offers field trip opportunities for under-served youth and also for children from military households.

Population(s) Served

Sanctuary care for at-risk, abandoned and neglected equines.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Accredited Sanctuary 2011

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, GFAS

Member Center 2010

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

One of the Top 62 San Diego Family Foundations 2012

San Diego Business Journal

Member Center 2012

California State Horsemanship Association

Woman of the Year Award presented to Adrienne Wells Holmes - Director 2013

CA State Assembly - Brian Maienschein's Office - 77th District

10News Leadership Award Winner 2006

KGTV Channel 10 (San Diego)

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

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 animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Wells Family through their work at Blue Apple Ranch, with other rescues &the San Diego Horse Coalition have a proven track record of providing both immediate support and lifelong care for equines.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch is committed to providing both short and long-term care for equines whether they reside at BAR or are provided assistance while remaining in their good home.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through BAR's commitment to providing compassionate care, we strive to keep all animals both directly in our care and those we help in their homes free from pain.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every horse in BAR's care is provided their own stall and are hand-walked daily to their pasture assignments to enable mobility and the freedom to display normal behavior.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our commitment to compassionate care of all animals, we work to ensure animals in our direct care and as many within our reach are free from fear and distress.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

When we rehabilitate a horse and realize they would benefit from their own family, they are placed in our, "Adopt Me" program to find their forever home. Currently, we have 15 horses for adoption.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As primarily a sanctuary, we rescue horses least likely to find a home. Those assessed and found able to move forward, join our program department or are made available for adoption.

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

BAR supports the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA's) guidelines on euthanasia. The animal's freedom from discomfort is paramount. Euthanasia is used as a last option.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our, " Raising the BAR" Internship Program serves at-risk, foster youth wanting to gain both confidence & work-readiness skills.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Under the guidance of Dr. Jason Richardson & Dr. Fernando Soriano we have developed a pre, during & post questionnaire with the purpose of measuring confidence and sense of self. All interns improved

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed knowledge about occupations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The, "Raising the BAR' Internship Program, exposes students to a variety of careers & occupations. Career Day is a central focus with students having an opportunity to visit with professionals.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dr. Jason Richardson, professional psychologist, shares that interns are yearning for both belonging and relationships. BAR's family atmosphere both encourages & supports positive relationships.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch is committed to hosting events that raise both awareness & fundraising dollars while also supporting the spirits of at-risk youth & animals.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

BAR has recently expanded its offerings to include, "Learn About" field trips with an emphasis on healthy lifestyles, ranch life and compassion toward animals. Some options include animal interaction

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Field trip ticket prices vary based on both activities and length of time at the ranch.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch is growing into a community foundation whereby members of the community wishing to extend a helping hand and those in need come together.

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.

Our goal is build capacity in our programming to provide more opportunities for both people and animals.

Our primary strategy is to continue to build relationships with other organizations that assist people and animals and to collaborate in the delivery of programs that build a brighter future for people and animals.

Our organization has the financial strength to build program capacity as well as the trained staff to continually improve our program offerings.

We have built solid partnerships with local organizations that also provide programs for people and animals to develop our summer camp program, our equine rescue and adoptions program and also our internship program. Our goal is to continue to grow in the number of participants in each of our programs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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TOBY WELLS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 05/02/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Lloyd Wells

Wells Entities

Term: 2002 -

Lynn Wells

Retired

Dale Holmes

Professional Cyclist

Adrienne Holmes

Wells Entities

April West

LT Farms

Mike Erwin

Colliers International

Jerry Richardson

Retired

Sue Herndon

Keller Williams

Ed Fudurich

CECO

Tony Papania

Volvo

Ryan West

West Properties

Lloyd Wells

Wells Entities

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