EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK
Charity Sign Up
Thank you for expressing interest in joining the Equine Welfare Network. The listing is provided free of charge to eligible organizations. The listing of an organization on this site does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the EQUUS Foundation.
Please review the Eligibility Requirements
below before completing the application. Please use proper grammar when completing this form. Check your spelling and do not use ALL CAPS.
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)
: Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, including horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services aimed at contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies that utilize equine movement, and experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals.
: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.
: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking underage, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.
To be accepted as a public charity on our network:
I. The organization must certify that
• The organization is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) to which contributions are tax deductible pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 170(c)(2) as a public charity and the organization is not a private foundation.
• The organization provides or conducts real services, benefits, assistance, or program activities related to horse welfare in the United States.
• The organization's programs and activities are directed by an active and responsible governing body, whose members have no material conflict of interest and a majority of which serve without compensation.
• The organization prepares and submits to the IRS a complete copy of the organization's IRS Form 990 or certifies that the organization is not required to submit an IRS Form 990.
• The organization conducts publicity and promotional activities based upon its actual program and operations, and that these activities are truthful and non-deceptive, include all material facts, and make no exaggerated or misleading claims.
• The organization has operated as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity for at least one full operating year.
• The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
II. Organization must provide programs that:
• Shelter, rehabilitate, and retrain America's horses at risk of abuse, neglect and slaughter, and re-home them with careers as athletes, companions, teachers and especially healers.
• Provide opportunities for horses to change people's lives, especially people with special needs.
III. Organization must have a presence on the Internet and ensure that the content displayed is kept current and based on actual programs and operations.
IV. The EQUUS Foundation expects all charities that are accepted on our network, regardless of their size and scope, to be accountable and transparent to the public.
The EQUUS Foundation requires that all charities be recognized by GuideStar at a minimum of its Bronze Level.
GuideStar is a free information service specializing in U.S. nonprofit companies. For Bronze status, you will need to provide your organization's address, contact name, and e-mail, mission statement, your leadership (Board) and program names and descriptions. This is information you should have readily at hand.
Please update your organization's GuideStar profile at https://www.guidestar.org/Login.aspx
with the required information. If you have not done so already, you will need to create an account; otherwise sign in to update the report. Click the yellow tab and Update Nonprofit Report. Scroll down on the left and follow the online instructions.