Share Hope Endowment Campaign
For nearly 45 years
High Hopes has provided life enhancing services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities and challenges.
- Over 1,500 children and adults served each year
- 46 different physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities
- 12,000 equine assisted activities and therapies delivered in 2017-2018.
- 97% of our workforce is made up of volunteers
We underwrite 65% of the cost of every lesson we provide
To keep fees affordable
Our participants and their families face many hardships, not the least of which are financial. To continue to provide services to all, regardless of their ability to pay, we must increase our small endowment fund.
- Children and adults
- Veterans living with PTSD
- Teens at risk
- Victims of domestic abuse
Despite this, approximately 50% of our riders need additional financial assistance to participate.
Each year, to close this gap and maintain a balanced operational budget, we must raise over $1 million in donated income. To continue to provide services to all, regardless of their ability to pay, we must increase our small endowment fund.
An enhanced endowment will provide stability, help retain staff, and provide critically needed financial aid to our participants.
With that goal in mind, High Hopes has launched an endowment campaign to raise $3 million by December 2019. A healthy endowment fund will not take away the need for annual giving but will allow High Hopes to draw on a small percentage of the income from the endowment.
By supporting this endowment campaign, you will enable us to share hope long into the future.
This increased source of revenue will provide a buffer between the variable nature of donated revenue and the inevitable annual increases in fixed costs, such as feed for the herd and liability insurance for the organization.
Strengthening our endowment will help riders like Stanley benefit from the freedom our horses can give
The cost is significant – the outcomes are priceless
When Stanley joined the elementary school group that was planning to ride with us this spring, his teachers wondered if he would be able to participate like his peers. Stanley is five years old and has double, above-the-knee amputations. Though he wears prosthetics and has great upper body strength, he is unable to walk; using a wheelchair to get around. Stanley is also non-verbal but communicates through sounds and expressions. His first contact with his horse, Baby, was a defining moment; for six weeks we saw him progress beyond all expectations.
It took two instructors (one to teach, the other as a spotter), a horse, a specially adapted saddle, a horse leader, and two sidewalkers for Stanley to ride for half an hour.I'm ready to donate now
We have raced through the $2 million marker of our $3 million Endowment Campaign goal. We need your help to reach the finish line, and the last stretch is always the hardest.Share Hope - Donate Now
High Hopes is a vibrant community where horse and human interactions improve lives
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“Before becoming a board member, I was a sidewalker and witnessed firsthand the joy resulting from something as technical as a successful half-seat or as simple as the feeling of a warm breeze on a spring day. Simply put, High Hopes allowed me to see grace personified, in so many ways, every week.”
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A Parents' Perspective - different ways they encourage their family to give back to High Hopes
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“When our three boys began riding at High Hopes they were very young, but immediately it was one of their favorite times of the week. Now, if at all possible, they love it even more! We have been so grateful to all our family and friends who have shown their love for us by generously supporting High Hopes. As a family, we chose to honor our loved ones through High Hopes’ Legacy Garden, and we thank the boys’ teachers each year with an Annual Appeal gift in their honor.”
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On average, more than 20 veterans a day in America take their own lives. Many are suffering from PTSD, or depression and anxiety related to undiagnosed PTSD. Share Mark’s story to raise awareness of how horses and humans working together can help save lives.Mark's Story