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Hearts & Hooves provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities and is located in Sherwood AR, just outside of the Little Rock/North Little Rock city limits. Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.
Hearts & Hooves' Impact Report 2014 is now available digitally. This four page report is a summary of our measurable impacts, and includes a financial summary and rider stories from 2014. Please check it out!
Arkansas Gives hit the state for the first time this year, on April 2. The campaign, modeled after state-wide online giving campaigns in other states (like Minnesota and North Texas, notably) raised $2.33 million dollars in online donor gifts and donated prize money for the campaign. That's nearly double their initial goal--way to go, Arkansas! 361 Arkansas nonprofits, including Hearts & Hooves, participated in this event--raising awareness, asking for donations, and guiding people to Arkansasgives.org. The event was entirely based online, and social media played a big role in spreading the word, and sharing the results. It only lasted 12 hours, from 8am to 8pm, resulsting an amazing blast of generosity from Arkansans to give vital support to the nonprofits working in all corners of the state!
Why Arkansas Gives?
This campaign provided a unique opportunity for donors to get more bang for their donated dollar. Arkansas Gives partnered with the Arkansas Community Foundation to run this event, and gathered a $250,00 pool of "bonus money" with which to match donations. Participating nonprofits got a percentage of that bonus pool based on the donations they raised. For example, if a nonprofit raised 1% of the grand total for Arkansas Gives, they would recieve 1% of that match pool. Additionally, other donors like First Security Bank and Jane Meade Hunt donated money for prizes. Prizes were based on the most dollars raised, the most donors partiicpating, and the most dollars raised within a category (Human Services, Faith-Based, etc). It was also easy for donors to give to all of their favorite participating organizations at the same time, allocating parts of their donation to several different organizations.
How did Hearts & Hooves do?
Hearts & Hooves is classified as a "medium-sized" nonprofit by the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. However, there was no medium category in Arkansas Gives, so we were put into the large category. Despite being one of the smallest nonprofits in a category with the biggest names in the state (think: Arkansas Foodbank, United Way, Arkansas Rice Depot, etc), Hearts & Hooves managed to break the top ten in the "Number of Donors" category and remained #9 overall! What does that mean? It's something that we at Hearts & Hooves already knew--our strongest foundation is committed adn engaged small donors. While we love, are grateful for, and still depend on larger checks given to us by foundations and corporations, it's the families and individuals around Central Arkansas that give $25 when they can that makes up the biggest portion of our funds. So, we mean it when we say: Any amount you give makes a difference!
What are the numbers?
Here are the official numbers for Hearts & Hooves:
|Gross Dollars Raised||$25,715.00|
|Credit Card Fees||$(757.45)|
|Net Raised (Gross minus Fees)||$24,957.55|
|Bonus ("Match") Dollars from Arkansas Gives||$3,186.07|
**In addition to the above, because of this campaign, donors also gave an additional $1,100 to Hearts & Hooves, by check and/or an online gift through this site. Whiel these gifts didn't count towards our Arkansas Gives total, they DID count for Hearts & Hooves, and will be used to help fund operations in the coming monhts!
Thank you to EVERYONE who gave, spread the word, or supported Arkansas Gives and Hearts & Hooves. Together, we made a HUGE impact for nonprofits around the state, and here at the barn, in the lives of our riders!
The Diamond State Rodeo Association's Rodeo In The Rock is this weekend! Hearts & Hooves is one of the recipients for this event's charitable giving, and we're so thankful for the support! Please click here to check out the Rodeo In The Rock website for schedules, volunteer opportunities, photos as more! The event itself includes typical rodeo events--roping, riding and speed events, and also some fun "camp events" you won't want to miss! Camp Events include "Steer Decorating", "Wild Drag Race" and "Goat Dressing". So, not something you'll want to miss!
We hope to see you there this weekend... wearing your Hearts & Hooves gear, if you've got it!