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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.
I’m looking for a place to make my annual donation, but I want to make sure my gift means something.
This is a common concern for most donors looking for an organization to give to. We all want to know that our contributions are being used wisely, and are making an impact. Here at Hearts & Hooves, our supporters enabled us to have a pretty amazing year. Nationally and here in Arkansas, the demand for Therapeutic Riding services is increasing. Due to the financial and volunteer support we've had this year, Hearts & Hooves is meeting that demand by hiring an additional instructor in January, and working with two new potential Therapy Horses. These steps will enable us to expand our series and reach more people in 2015 and beyond. Our mission is being accomplished because of supporters like you! The following are some frequently asked questions from potential donors.
How do I know if my gift will have an impact?
We know it’s important when choosing where to make a year-end contribution that you know and trust how your gift will be used, and Hearts & Hooves makes every attempt to be as financially transparent as possible. If you’re considering Hearts & Hooves for your tax-deductible holiday donation, I encourage you to look us up on free services like Guidestar and Charity Navigator. You can also see Hearts & Hooves' most recent Annual Report on this website.
How will my gift be used?
Hearts & Hooves is asking for scholarship-targeted gifts this holiday season. If you designate your gift as “scholarship”, 100% of that gift, minus transaction fees if given online, will go to that fund, and will be used toward services for one of the riders in our scholarship program. Of course, if you would like to designate to another area of our organization (Project Equus, horse expenses, etc), you are welcome to choose a designation that most speaks to you. You may also call Liz at the office, if you’d like to discuss other options.
What are some donation options?
Any amount helps! Here are cost breakdowns that may help you decide:
How do I donate?
There are several options for making a year-end donation:
1. Send in a check (if you would like to designate your donation, please note “scholarship” or other designation in the memo line)
Hearts & Hooves
2308 Kellogg Acres Rd
Sherwood, AR 72120
2. Pay online with Paypal (or credit card). Go to the Donate Page (or click here), select the designation you would like, and complete the entire transaction online.
3. Donate in person or by phone. If you prefer, you can pay with a credit card over the phone (remember the credit card company will take a higher fee out of a phone transaction), or in the office.
Will I get a receipt?
Yes! All donations are tax-deductible, and you will be provided with a receipt. For those who pay online, or who request an emailed receipt, you will receive a confirmation of your donation as soon as it is processed. For those donors who provide a mailing address, your donation receipt and thank you letter will be printed and mailed promptly. If you send a check in dated December 31 or earlier, we will be ensure that your receipt/thank you letter are clearly defined as a 2014 donation.
As he approached the mounting block, Kendell looked excited, and just a little bit unsure. He was joining a group lesson, with 2 young women who'd been riding together for a while. It's always tough to be the new kid, right?
If you subscribe to Hearts & Hooves' e-newsletter, you know that this month, we're looking at the success of one young man here at Hearts & Hooves as we follow him through his first riding lessons. Kendell began riding just a few weeks ago, after vising Hearts & Hooves with his father, Guy, to see what the program was all about. Upon first meeting his horse, Metronome, and talking with the staff, both Kendell and his father felt like this could be a great thing for Kendell. In a letter to Hearts & Hooves, Guy wrote:
I think participating in Hearts & Hooves would be beneficial to [Kendell] to get him active, promote his self-esteem and confidence, to help his coordination, and to interact socially [...] This is a tremendous opportunity for him and I think will be a launching point and have a great impact on his future in over-coming and managing his disabilities.
Kendell is a young man, facing many challenges in life, including learning to live independently. He is able to participate at Hearts & Hooves because of the generous gifts of individuals and families in our community, who have donated to Hearts & Hooves' scholarship fund. Please consider making a year-end gift to so that Kendell, and riders like him, can enjoy the benefits of therapeutic riding this year.
We hope you will join us to meet our goal of funding 3 riders (a dollar total of $720) by the end of the year. If you would like to support this fund, please mail a check of any amount ("scholarship" in the memo line) to Hearts & Hooves:
2308 Kellogg Acres Rd
Sherwood, AR 72120
OR make an online contribution with Paypal on this website (most credit cards accepted) here.