Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities Inc

We have the Horsepower to Change Lives

aka GallopNYC   |   Forest Hills, NY   |  www.gallopNYC.org

Mission

GallopNYC uses Therapeutic Horsemanship to expand opportunities and improve lives by creating harmonious bonds between our NYC community of people with disabilities, and horses.
GallopNYC uses therapeutic horsemanship to help riders walk, talk, connect, focus, behave and learn, inspiring each one to live life as fully, productively and independently as possible. GallopNYC serves 350 riders every week at five NYC locations

Notes from the nonprofit

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Among other accomplishments:
- GallopNYC Board Chair Suzy Marquard won the 2017 USEF/Equus Foundation Humanitarian award, which recognizes humanitarian achievements by a member of the equestrian world.
- GallopNYC won the 2016 Mahoney Award for Board Excellence, recognizing excellence in non-profit governance.
- The Equus Foundation awarded us their Horse Whisperer Award for excellence in horse care twice.

Ruling year info

2006

ED

Mr. James Wilson

Main address

8803 70th Road

Forest Hills, NY 11375 USA

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EIN

05-0615968

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

Autism (G84)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities lack effective services. Moreover, the relationship between disability, poverty and incarceration is strong:

“At least one in three of those arrested has a disability, ranging from emotional disability like bipolar disorder to learning disabilities like dyslexia, and some researchers estimate the figure may be as high as 70 percent. Across the country, students with emotional disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested before leaving high school than the general population." http://gallop.nyc/HechingerDisabilityPrisonPipeline.
Even those who have been diagnosed with a disability do not always receive the services they need. A recent NYC Department of Education report found that NYC is not providing needed services to as many as 40% of special needs youth , 80,000 children! gallop.nyc://DOEStudy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine assisted therapy for people with emotional challanges. .

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Therapeutic Riding for American Veterans of Armed Conflict

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Physical Therapy provided by an independant specialist with assistance from GallopNYC

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Using horse based learning to develop leadership and job readiness skills in young people.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Board Advancement 2014

Youth INC

Horse Whisperer Award 2014

Equus Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2016

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of riders who have lessons subsidized in whole or in part

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of our riders are subsidized to a degree as lssson fees are set below costs. In addition 80% recieve full or partial subsidy.

Percent of riders who show improved skills - cognitive, emotional, social or developmental

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We establish 3 -5 outcome goals for each rider. The goals range - for example improved posture, socialization, verbal ability, or willingness to try new things. Results can be analyzed in detail.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

numbers are approximate as we have several outcomes that fit this metric. About 75% of riders with social skills goals show improvement. 2020 data est. due to cut back of programs due to COVID 19

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Equine Assisted Therapy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are developing formal leadership programs for youth with and without disabilities, using horses to build leadership skills. 2020 data est. due to cut back of programs due to COVID 19

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. To be and continue to be the premier therapeutic horsemanship program in NYC, befitting our great city
2. That every child with a disability in New York City has access to therapeutic horseback riding.
3. Starting in 2014, to double our ridership over the past three years, and then double it again over the next three years. (We achieved this goal but have faced set backs due to COVID 19 pandemic.

We are starting a new strategic planning process now, Jan 2021

Our Values are:
Believe in Ability
Show Compassion and Respect
Collaborate
Care for our Horses, our People and our Resources
Be Brave

We have worked to develop a plan of action that includes:
1. Strategic growth
2. Diversified program and revenue
3. Taking advantage of NYC resources

We take extensive advantage of pro bono consulting help to expand our reach.

500 riders per week at 4 locations
Trained and certified staff
Professional standards
Measured outcomes

We have achieved:
Two permanent dedicated sites
Revenue growth
Rider Growth
Growth in numbers of Volunteers
Staff development

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Expanded outreach for volunteers Leadership (jobs) program for our riders

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sol Reischer

No Affilliation

Term: 2020 - 2023


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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.