There are tens-of-thousands of charities with dozens of missions.
Out of that universe, Why Ride On?
The answer lies in your head and in your heart. On this page you will find answers to the dozens of questions you might have and learn that Ride On is an effective, well-managed charity - equal to the best in the country in our view. For your heart, we always feel that the best way to learn more is to come see in person what we do, day-in and day-out, one stride at a time. In the meantime, browse this website and read our stories. You will learn about individuals joining together to improve the quality of life in our own back yard.
Our Values In Action
Ride On is a public trust. Since our founding in 1994, Ride On has been committed to the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability to our supporters. We can only succeed in our mission if we have the confidence and trust of our riders and donors. This is a win-win for Ride On and the public: Ride On is a leader in the therapeutic riding industry in financial management and accounting practices and the public gains the information needed to make decisions about which programs deserve support. Anybody who looks at the IRS forms or the audited statements for the first time will be taken aback by the complexity of the information presented. These forms however, shed light on how much service we provide, how well we perform our mission, how effective we are in raising funds, how we pay our staff, and how our board of directors governs the affairs of Ride On. Key points to take away are:
- In 2012 Ride On put individuals with disabilities on horse back over 6,400 times. In our 18-year history, Ride On given over 69,500 lessons or therapy treatments – safely.
- About 85% of all money spent goes directly towards putting a rider on horse back.
- Lessons account for about 24% of our income. We fund raise the rest with a combination of private donations, grants and special events. Ride On's total revenue in 2011 was $1.1* million. Our net assets are $1.8* million. (*Interim Data)
- Ride On voluntarily gets its finances audited and posts the results.
- Ride On has an independent board of directors with a highly qualified financial team committed to accuracy and accountability.
- Our staff has over 100 years of horse and non profit experience.
- Compensation is set by the board with a goal of paying staff at the median (50th percentile) salary for Southern California nonprofits as determined by the Center for nonprofit management.
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