JOIN THE EQUINE CHARITY NETWORK
The EQUUS Foundation brings together interested individuals with equestrian and horse-related organizations across America with the goal of building a support base of equine enthusiasts and advocates through its Equine Welfare Network consisting of the Equine Charity Network, Equine Education Network, and the Champions program for individuals.
The listing on the Equine Charity Network is provided free of charge to eligible organizations to help educate visitors about their programs, and raise awareness of the impact of horses throughout the United States. The listing of an organization on this site does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the EQUUS Foundation.
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 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 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 Silver Level.
GuideStar is a free information service specializing in U.S. nonprofit companies. For Silver status, you will need to provide your organization's address, contact name, and e-mail, mission statement, your leadership (Board), program names and descriptions, and an audited financial report OR basic financial information if your organization is not audited. 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, Update Nonprofit Report, and follow the online instructions.
Thank you for expressing interest in joining the Equine Charity Network. Please review the eligibility requirements above before completing the application. Please use proper grammar when completing this form. Check your spelling and do not use ALL CAPS.
Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disability or impairment) that causes an individual to require additional or specialized services or accommodations (such as in education or recreation)
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies:
Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA)
Equine-assisted activities are any specific center activity, e.g.. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc., in which the center’s clients, participants, volunteers, instructors and equines are involved.
Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)
Equine-assisted therapy is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice.
Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for eductional, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people workin in the EAAT field and guidelines for those providing EAL.
Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
EFP is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional, partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.
The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., defines hippotherapy as a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. The word hippotherapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals.
Interactive Vaulting is an activity in which the students perform movements on and around the horse. These movements can be very simple such as sitting without holding onto the surcingle or a more elaborate vaulting position move such as kneeling or standing on the horse. It all depends on the individual needs of the vaulter.
Carriage Driving offers students with physical, mental, sensory or emotional disabilities the rewards of interaction and control of a horse or pony while driving from a carriage seat or in their own wheelchair in a carriage modified to accommodate their wheelchair.
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.
PATH International definitions as of 1/1/2018.