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IVY HILL FOUNDATION INC

  • Perkasie, PA
  • http://www.ivyhillequestrian.org/

Mission Statement

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
creates therapeutic programs for
individuals with cognitive, physical,
emotional, behavioral and psychological
needs utilizing the equine experience.

At Ivy Hill, Horses + Love = Hope.

Main Programs

  1. Therapeutic Riding
  2. Hippotherapy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Located in Perkasie, PA, Ivy Hill advocates for inclusion, acceptance, celebration and support for our clients, families and caregivers in our surrounding communities of Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties. Families turn to adjuvant therapies such as equine therapy for the emotional and holistic approach the discipline offers to their loved ones. While traditional programs are focused on and tailored to addressing the disability, equine therapy focuses on each individual's ability, and tailors a program to enhance those abilities.

ruling year

2000

President, CEO since 2009

Self-reported

Mr. Chris Brockett

Board Chair since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. Allen Steere

Keywords

Self-reported

Therapeutic Riding, Equestrians, Devon Horse Show, Special Olympics, disability, autism, development delay, equine therapy, Horses, love,hope

Notes from the Nonprofit

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center will continue its mission to establish, maintain and deliver professional programs designed to enhance the lives of individuals with physical, social, educational or psychological challenges, regardless of ability to pay. That means that no one who needs our equine therapy program will be turned away. Children with disabilities and their families face staggering financial and emotional burdens that do not diminish with the passage of time. Ivy Hill’s dedication to providing comprehensive support to the families of our community opens the opportunity to life-changing therapy that would not be possible otherwise. Our low-income families undergo an application process for financial assistance that identifies those that will be entered into the program. The objective of our financial assistance program is to provide any individuals participating in our program, who also suffer from financial hardship, the opportunity to participate at a reduced rate or free of charge. The objective will be met when that need is met, and all those families seeking equine-assisted therapy receive it. There is no application requirement for terminally diagnosed riders, and every effort is made to work with their schedules.

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Also Known As

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center

EIN

23-3003460

 Number

0130148047

Physical Address

1811 Mill Road

Perkasie, PA 18944

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center started as a therapy program for one rider with autism.
In the last 17 years, Ivy Hill has grown to serve 172 riders with 15 therapy horses, 22 staff, and 125 volunteers. Our therapeutic riding program, hippotherapy program, community retreat days and collaborative participation build physical, emotional, social and personal health.
In 2015, Ivy Hill riders triumphed in competition at the Devon Horse Show Handicapped Riders Division as Grand and Reserve Champions. At the 2015 Special Olympic World Games, one Ivy Hill equestrian Lisa Berlin became a Silver and Gold Medalist.
Ivy Hill continues to change the lives of over 500 children and families that struggle with physical, psychological and behavioral challenges.
This year, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is focused on expanding our therapeutic offerings to our larger community, especially those who would benefit but may not have the financial means to participate. This includes our senior population, those young adults in recovery and rehabilitation, those dealing with the physical and emotional burden of cancer, children and adults who battle post-traumatic stress, youth-at-risk, and children and adults with mental illness. Professionally, we value the impact of shared learning and collaboration. As members of the Executive Director's Round Table, we share experience and creative ideas with our fellow therapeutic riding programs in the interest of enriching the body of work and the impact that our profession provides.
We believe our expectations are achieving results with the time, money and faith available to us, and more. We believe Ivy Hill is at an exciting point in its history and growth, and we believe our service possibilities and growth potential are just beginning.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy, Equine-Facilitated Therapy, or Riding for the Disabled, is the use of the horse and equine-based activities to reach the specific objectives of our special needs population.

The horse becomes partner and therapeutic tool in achieving a variety of goals that are cognitive, physical, social, educational and behavioral.

Our PATH-certified instructors motivate our riders utilizing the barn experience and the joy of the horse/human connection. The combination of grounded horsemanship skills and mounted riding lessons creates a challenge that inspires confidence, encourages independence and builds trust. Sessions are 30-50 minutes and can be scheduled for once a week or bi-weekly.

Goals for riders may include increasing physical abilities, developing behavioral and communication skills, improving critical thinking skills and enhancing emotional well-being. All of our riders have plans that are tailored to their specific needs and desired objectives.

At Ivy Hill, we have a passion for training riders in sportsmanship and equitation, and believe in the benefit of learning life lessons with the help of "a little horsepower."

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Budget

140,000

Program 2

Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy that utilizes the three-dimensional movement and body warmth of a horse to deliver integrated treatment.

Our trained therapists work with clients in a controlled environment and modify the horse's movement while providing sensory input.

Specific riding skills are not taught during these sessions. Rather, a foundation is established to improve neurological and sensory processing and develop fine and gross motor skills, and verbal and tactile direction is used to improve concentration and communication skills.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

50,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To be the standard-bearer for excellence and compassion in programming, professionalism and advocacy.
    To expand our therapeutic and hippotherapy programs to collaborative efforts with like-minded and focused non-profit organizations.
    To develop a facility that is a community center for education, socialization, information sharing and supportive networking.
    To develop our involvement and participation in community events that serve our shared populations.
    To become the very best therapeutic equestrian program in the region, maintaining our focus on family support.
    To work with our fellow therapeutic equestrian programs to expand the knowledge base of equine therapy. to share best practice and research-based therapies, raise the level of excellence and transparency in organizational function, and collectively celebrate and promote the lives and futures of our unique clientele.
    To bring joy to the lives of those we serve.
    To achieve both PANO (Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations) and PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) accreditation in 2016-2017.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Ivy Hill Foundation Board of Directors approved the following Strategies for 2015-2020:
    • Review Ivy Hill Mission Vision and Values with Board, Staff and Volunteers annually
    • Develop feedback mechanisms to monitor success/satisfaction of board, staff, volunteers, families and riders
    • Develop data collection and evaluation methodology utilizing Six Sigma and TQM practices
    • Increase information sharing on specific disabilities and developments
    • Increase information sharing on available social services and financial services
    • Develop collaborative partnerships with other non-profits and government agencies that address relevant needs
    • Increase the number of participants
    • PATH Accreditation
    • Implement “best practices"
    • Foster continuing/professional development for staff
    • Increase efficacy through better feedback and measurement
    • Develop supporting partnerships/collaborative programs and necessary funding
    • Improve budget process and financial audit timing to support foundation and grantor requirements
    • Continue to run budget surpluses for program expansion, capital expenditures, and potential contingencies
    • Improve financial assistance and underwriting and financing
    • Keep cost of services for families as low as possible
    • Develop “planned giving" initiative and implementation
    • Meet PANO Standards
    • Improve budget process and financial audit timing to support foundation and grantor requirements
    • Continue to run budget surpluses for program expansion, capital expenditures, and potential contingencies
    • Improve financial assistance and underwriting and financing
    • Keep cost of services for families as low as possible
    • Develop “planned giving" initiative and implementation
    • Meet PANO Standards
    • Demonstrate Excellent Financial Stewardship
    • Provide the best environment for all programs as well as staff and equine needs
    • Create Material Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals used in facility, provide copies for barn and office work areas
    • Manage timing and amount of fundraising in anticipation financial needs and program expansion
    • Develop opportunities to bring families together
    • Continue to expand private and government grant sourcing
    • Continue to expand donor base
    • Continue to increase brand recognition
    • Adopt PATH best practices and standards for equine care
    • Manage equine population and their training anticipating participant population
    • Improve recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers
    • Improve use of volunteers to help control operating costs
    • Evaluate efficacy of volunteer performance
    • Track volunteer hours as contributes to organizational bottom line
    • Improve recruitment, training, development and retention of staff and board members

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In 2012, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. began a strategic plan to find a permanent home, acquire information technology, expand board membership, training and improve engagement, increase therapeutic collaborations, expand donor base, fundraising and grant streams of revenue, develop media and increase ridership by 20% (from 135).
    In 2015, Ivy Hill Foundation has found a permanent home at a new 24,000 sq. ft. facility in Perkasie. We are assessing proposals for the implementation and upgrade of information technology. Board membership has expanded from 5 members to 10. Yearly training is done through the NonProfit Catalyst Center in Doylestown. We have initiated new collaborations with IQnection on our new website, The Vantage Academy and Pyramid Health for youth at risk, CHOP and Grand View Hospice for therapeutic riding for individuals with cancer, local small business and agriculture for a life skills mentoring program for disabled youth, local nursing homes for therapeutic riding for seniors, and the Penn Foundation for young adults with mental health issues.
    Ivy Hill is unique in its sustainability and longevity in an area of nonprofit
    service where the average lifespan of this type of organization is three and a half years. We have grown from our original two riders in 1999 to 160 in 2015. We have committed ourselves to the establishment of a family community with stratified levels of support for riders and family members. We have a sixteen-year track record of fiduciary responsibility to the riders and their families as well as our donors and supporters. We set our budget and goals annually, and are managed as if we were a much larger organization. We are one of the largest purely therapeutic equestrian operations in the country.
    This year, Ivy Hill Foundation has expanded its board and has developed an advisory board and identified potential board members for succession. We have formed a Management Team to oversee program expansion and development as well as staff development which is overseen by our President and CEO. We have since acquired development and fundraising/events directors, primarily responsible for acquiring, maintaining and increasing donations by developing and executing key aspects of annual development work plan & ensuring the financial resources necessary to support Ivy Hill's mission and programs. In coordination with appropriate staff, a coordinated annual stewardship/communications plan including organizational giving strategies to build and maintain relationships and donations is developed and executed, as well as supervision of direct reports and implementation of community outreach programs. We set our goal of becoming PANO and PATH accredited by 2016.
    We believe our expectations are achieving the results with the time and money available to us, and more. We believe Ivy Hill is at an exciting point in its history and growth, and we believe our service possibilities and growth potential are just beginning.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Feedback is essential to documenting and assessing progress, and Ivy Hill is all about information output and feedback. We have created an interactive and vibrant social media presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter and monitor impressions, reactions and interactions.
    We routinely survey collaborative partners, parents, caregivers, riders, clients, staff and board members for feedback on programming, performance, effectiveness, and goal attainment.
    We regularly hold staff trainings and professional development seminars that keep our talent at the top of its game and insure the highest standards of professionalism and competence.
    We have adopted the practice of collaborative focus group sessions with our peer therapeutic programs to improve the development and delivery of unique and innovative programs.
    We seek out and attend conferences and educational seminars to expand and enrich our knowledge base and best practice standards.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Ivy Hill has successfully established itself as a community collaborator and presence. We are known for our accessibility and willingness to create synergistic and effective collaborations and mentorships.
    We have partnered with community organizations to create programs for young adults with mental illness, seniors for physical and emotional strength, youth-at-risk for development of communication and trust, cancer patients for relief from the stress of their diagnosis and the clinical setting, vocational and life-skills training for young adults with cognitive disabilities, and women and children that suffer from the trauma of domestic violence.
    We have become a community center, and have opened our facility to organizations for meetings and retreat days.
    In the area of sportsmanship and competition, Ivy Hill has held the Devon Horse Show HRD Grand Champion title for 2 years running. We have an silver and gold medal Olympic Champion from last summer's World Games in Los Angeles. In 2017, one of Ivy Hill's riders will be attending the Winter Games in Austria as a member of the USA Special Olympic Ski Team, an accomplishment he states would not have happened if he hadn't developed his physical strength, emotional stability and self-confidence through the therapeutic riding program.
    Looking toward 2017, our goals are to create permanent collaborative programs with community organizations that serve our challenged populations. We seek to become PATH and PANO certified by the end of next year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Located in Perkasie, PA, Ivy Hill advocates for inclusion, acceptance, celebration and support for our clients, families and caregivers in our surrounding communities of Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties. Families turn to adjuvant therapies such as equine therapy for the emotional and holistic approach the discipline offers to their loved ones. While traditional programs are focused on and tailored to addressing the disability, equine therapy focuses on each individual's ability, and tailors a program to enhance those abilities.

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IVY HILL FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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President, CEO

Mr. Chris Brockett

Board Chair

Mr. Allen Steere

BIO

Chris Brockett is a retired senior executive from Towers Watson in Philadelphia, and a long-time advocate for the disabled. His experience is personal- his oldest brother, David, was born severely disabled. He has been a board member for Ivy Hill since 2004, became board president in 2009, and CEO since 2014. Under Mr. Brockett's leadership, Ivy Hill has expanded its community presence, defined its brand, and moved to a new facility in 2015.

STATEMENT FROM THE President, CEO

"More than 160 life-changing accomplishments that would not have been possible were it not for the tireless efforts of our riders and unlimited compassion of their instructors, staff, and volunteers.
Under the column headed “Other Accomplishments", I would include building and moving into our new Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Despite a herculean effort by our builder and contractors to have the new stables, offices, and indoor ready by New Year's Eve, the horses actually took up residence in their new permanent home on January 18, 2015. A day most of us will not soon forget because of the freezing, yet pouring, rain. In addition, 2014 was full of many noteworthy individual and group accomplishments at various competitions, including Pennsylvania's Special Olympics at Penn State. One of our riders, Lisa Berlin, was selected for her performance in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics to represent Pennsylvania in the World Games to be held this Summer in Los Angeles. Lastly, despite everything we were doing with the facilities and programming, our financial stewardship of the funds entrusted to us in 2014 left the Foundation in its strongest financial condition since it started.
I believe the realignment of responsibilities that we started in 2014 will facilitate broadening Ivy Hill's Mission going forward, allowing us to help other therapeutic equine programs as well as other segments of our communities needing some “special" attention. Our success will also give us the opportunity to use our experience and expertise to join the larger discussion about helping everyone challenged in life to reach their full potential.
The Board's goal for 2015 is to bring the Ivy Hill Family – our riders, parents, supporters and staff - closer together. All that Ivy Hill has achieved in its first fifteen years would not have been possible were it not for the tireless efforts of our riders and unlimited compassion of their instructors, staff, and volunteers."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Allen Steere

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc.

Term: Jan 2015 - Jan 2018

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
: Families and caregivers of children and adults with any range of disability are the target market for the offering of equine therapies. Ivy Hill currently has 160 rider-clients from 125 families and 2 group homes. Seventy-five percent of its riding population is under 18 years of age, while ten percent of that population is pre-reading and pre-school. Of the remaining adult population, twenty percent are young adults (18 to 25 yrs. of age) who have aged out of traditional school district programs that provide services for disabled adults and families. Six percent of the riding population is geriatric. One of the primary diagnosis of the majority of the riding population (>40%) is autism and autism spectrum. The remaining diagnosis are in order of frequency: Asperger’s, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Downs’s syndrome, intellectual impairment (formerly MR), and epilepsy. The diversity breakdown is: 75% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 6% African American, and 6% Asian. The majority of riders come from dual-parent families, with parents between the ages of 25-45, and have at least two siblings. Five Ivy Hill families have multiple children that are clients. While the mean family income for Bucks County is $95,400*, 80% of Ivy Hill’s families (100) make less than $75,000 a year, which classifies them as low-to-moderate income. Currently, 28% of the riding population receives full financial assistance for their lesson therapy. The value of equine therapy has been increasing over the last five years, as surrounding programs (including Ivy Hill) have a waiting list for acceptance. This, in part, is due to a need for expanded capacity. In Ivy Hill’s case, a new facility was built through the philanthropy, vision and personal commitment of the Brockett family and SKF Enterprises of Skippack, PA. The facility is exclusively to Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. for the use of its equine-assisted activities and therapies for its disabled riding population. The increase space facilitates program expansion and allows for the efficient use of time and equipment. In addition, the number of diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorder will increase 621% from 3,825 in 2010 to 10,140 in 2015. Families turn to adjuvant therapies such as equine therapy for the emotional and holistic approach the discipline offers to their loved ones. While traditional programs are focused on and tailored to addressing the disability, equine therapy focuses on each individual’s ability, and tailors a program to enhance those abilities. In addition, where most children and adults with moderate to severe disabilities are excluded from sport participation, therapeutic riding provides the experience of horsemanship and competition and subsequently, accomplishment. This provides an intangible value that our parents are willing to pay for. Those that are not able are not turned away. Our website is www.ivyhillequestrian.org.