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Tara's Chance

 219 E. Claire Ave.
 Fullerton, CA 92835
[P] (714) 6812973
[F] (714) 6729537
www.taraschance.org
[email protected]
Tim Howells
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2012
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 46-0941505 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Tara’s Chance is dedicated to promoting the physical, cognitive and social well-being of at risk young people and/or those with special needs through equine-activities and therapies. A place where therapy feels like play!


Mission Statement

Tara’s Chance is dedicated to promoting the physical, cognitive and social well-being of at risk young people and/or those with special needs through equine-activities and therapies. A place where therapy feels like play!



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $119,423.00
Projected Revenue $153,533.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Equine Asssited Activities for Special Needs
  • Autism Equine Assisted Activity Program

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Overview


Mission Statement

Tara’s Chance is dedicated to promoting the physical, cognitive and social well-being of at risk young people and/or those with special needs through equine-activities and therapies. A place where therapy feels like play!



Background Statement

Tara's Chance was named for a wonderful horse that was happiest when she was working with kids. Tara made every child feel special and had a unique sense of knowing what her young riders needed. She was gentle, kind, and would show such compassion to the young people that she worked with; you couldn't help but to love her. Tara sadly is no longer with us but her heart still beats at Tara's Chance. Please come and join us and share the love that Tara so generously shared.


Impact Statement

Tara’s Chance began in November 2012 with one horse and one rider. This past year, due to increasing demands and a growing waiting list of (27), added two more therapy horses for a total of (7) along with a staff of (25) voluteers to provide 30-minute weekly equine assisted activities to thirty-six (36) special needs children in north Orange County and surrounding areas.

Working with caregivers to establish therapeutic goals based on individual need, to-date 90% of clients have demonstrated improvements in physical, cognitive and social skills.

Our Equine Horse Therapy program provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic as well as repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent source for increasing the rider’s trunk strength, control, and balance, and building overall postural strength and endurance. The results usually include greater coordination, respiratory control, and attention skills. Furthermore, many patients enjoy additional emotional and psychological benefits, including reduction in anxiety, depression, increase in empowerment and confidence. Perhaps the best benefit is that the students really enjoy the therapy and do not realize the hard work involved!

 

Needs Statement

The greatest challenge at Tara's Chance is capacity building. Tasked with a current and growing waiting list of (27) children needs include but not limited to:

1. The addition of two (2) staff members at a projected annual cost of $17,800. The addition of staff would potentially allow for the addition of six new (6) riders off the waiting list to our Thursday programming and provide greater flexibility in the scheduling of make-up sessions and new rider evaluations.

2. Support of our Financial Aid Program. Assistance is based on particular financial need and awarded on a sliding scale based on each family’s need. No family is ever turned away for financial reasons. We give approximately $65,000 in financial aid each year.

CEO Statement

Imagine a young girl confined to a wheelchair being lifted onto the back of a horse. For the first time in her life, she will know what it feels like to walk. Take a little boy, who had a stroke before he was born and has limited use of his right arm and leg. Watch him balance himself atop a chestnut mare. Could his hand be made strong enough, to hold the handlebars of a bicycle, or catch a ball, or clutch a crayon to draw a picture for his daddy? Or the teenage girl who is living in a group home due to no fault of her own discovers a friend in a horse.

Tara’s Chance is dedicated to providing developmental therapeutic and recreational programs for disabled and disadvantaged at-risk children through horses. This exciting concept in equestrian therapy combines vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding resulting in exceptional goal orientated programs for special needs children. Tara’s Chance is place where therapy seems like play.

The goals and benefits are different for every child, depending on their individual needs. The movement of the horse causes an inherent response from the child, relaxing muscles that are tight, increasing tone in muscles that are weak, building balance, coordination and control, which in turn enables children to use hands and arms, sit, stand and walk.

While we know that therapeutic riding is a potent form of physical and emotional therapy, the children see it as fun. These children, who are not invited to participate in soccer games or ballet performances, can, through equestrian therapy, be enabled not only to make extraordinary physical, cognitive, and emotional changes, but to participate and succeed in a real sport and take pride in performing for family and friends.


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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County

Tara's Chance is located in the North Orange County city of Fullerton. Fullerton has a long positive history with its equine community. With over twenty-eight miles of trails it, along with its neighbor Yorba Linda, have a strong horse community. Tara’s Chance will be offering unique and proven positive equestrian programming in Orange County, South Los Angeles and San Bernadino counties.

 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Animal Related - Animal Services NEC
  3. Youth Development -

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Programs


Equine Asssited Activities for Special Needs

Tara’s Chance provides (30) minute equine assisted therapy sessions for special needs children based upon their individual needs. The concept of equestrian therapy combines vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding resulting in exceptional goal oriented programs. Therapeutic qualities of riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The goals and benefits are different for every child, depending on their individual needs. The movement of the horse causes an inherent response from the child, relaxing muscles that are tight, increasing tone in muscles that are weak, building balance, coordination and control, which in turn enables children to use hands and arms, sit, stand and walk.

While we know that therapeutic riding is a potent form of physical and emotional therapy, the children see it as fun. These children, who are not invited to participate in soccer games or ballet performances, can, through equestrian therapy, be enabled not only to make extraordinary physical, cognitive, and emotional changes, but to participate and succeed in a real sport and take pride in performing for family and friends.

Budget  $125,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success 

Began in November 2012 with one (1) horse and two (2) riders Tara’s Chance is now providing affordable therapeutic riding to eleven (11) special needs children. Improved physical, cognitive and social skills has been experienced by over 90% of its clients based upon individual needs and therapy goals.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long term success of Tara’s Chance is dependent upon offering equine assisted activities to all who want access to its programs. Along with providing therapy to its clients the goal is to reach out to colleges like Fullerton, Chapman and California State University Fullerton and their physical, occupational and speech therapy schools as internship sites.

Program Success Monitored By 

Tara’s Chance success is measured by the percentage of its clients who make significant gains in their physical, cognitive and social well-being. Once individual goals are established client progress is documented to affirm goals are being met. Lesson plans are set up to meet those goals and reviewed by the program director and staff periodically to assure their efficiency. Feedback from clients and their families or caregivers though questionnaires and regular meetings are used to track progress and design new programs to meet client goals. Success rate of meeting and/or exceeding client goals has been over 90%.   

Examples of Program Success  Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, 3-Year old wheel chair dependent Isabella Davis-Salisbury joined Tara’s Chance in November 2012. Upon beginning the program she was capable of being on a horse for 2 to 3 minutes and whiles the horse was in motion for approximately 30-45 seconds. She has participated in sessions once a week and was reevaluated November 2013. Upon this evaluation she was capable of being on a horse for approximately 30 minutes and in motion on a horse for approximately 12-15 minutes. Her ability to remain and ride on a horse and her stamina has visibly increased over the year. According to her mother and despite doctor’s suggestions to the contrary, she has had increased abilities in sitting and scooting at home, as well as arm/finger strength. We anticipate she will continue to thrive in her therapeutic riding.

Autism Equine Assisted Activity Program

Working closely with the special education department at Fullerton Unified School District, Tara’s Chance is developing a pilot program specifically for Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed students.

The program will serve 7 special needs education classes from 7 Fullerton based elementary schools targeting 70 ASD diagnosed children ages 4-14. Each class (8-10 students) will participate in four, two-hour Equine Assisted Activity sessions, once per month over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year. Students will be engaged in a variety of activities designed to advance cognitive function, increase physical development, foster communication skills, and improve behavior. 

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
The act of riding a horse provides many tangible benefits to children with ASD. Outcomes include: (1) Improve participant cognitive function; (2) increase physical development; and (3) improve behavior. Tara’s Chance anticipates 90% of the Autism Equine Assisted Activity program participants will achieve their following objectives.
 
Bass. M.M., Duchowny, C.A., & Llabre, M.M. (2009). The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1261-1267.
 
Program Long-Term Success 

Beyond the initial pilot, Tara’s Chance and the Fullerton Unified School district will continue to offer, and potentially expand the program to additional special needs students. Tara’s Chance is committed to the sustainability and expansion of the program and plans to continue fundraising efforts to support this unique initiative. 

Additionally, as the program gains notoriety within the both the educational setting and within the autism community, it will open doors for more families and ASD children throughout the community. This possibility may allow Tara’s Chance to expand ASD EAT services beyond the school day for a nominal fee, leading to a self-sustaining program model and even more opportunities for a long-lasting tangible impact in future years.

Tara’s Chance will also engage local colleges and universities (CSU, Fullerton and Chapman) in an equine therapy internship program for physical, occupational and speech therapy students in the coming years.
 
 
Program Success Monitored By 

Success of the program will be measured by the percentage of students who make individual gains in their physical, cognitive and social well being as result of participation. With ASD there is a wide range of functionality and ability with individual. For each student, individual goals will be set by the program director, special education personnel and the child’s caregiver. Lesson plans will be created to meet those goals and will be reviewed periodically to assure efficiency. Feedback from clients and their families/caregivers will be solicited through questionnaires and regular meetings with staff. These check-in’s will be used to track progress and design new objectives to meet each individual students’ goal.

Examples of Program Success  As a pilot program and unique to the Fullerton School District we have not yet experienced anticipated success and/or achievements to date.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Davis
CEO Term Start Apr 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience


 







Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Tara's Chance is a member of the Fullerton Collaborative and Fullerton Rec Riders Association.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 32
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Francine Flores
Board Chair Company Affiliation US Bank
Board Chair Term Mar 2018 - Oct 2018
Board Co-Chair Ms. Francine Flores
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation US Bank
Board Co-Chair Term Nov 2015 - Oct 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jeff Buchannan Buchannan Tree Sevice Voting
Ms. Francine Flores US Bank Voting
Mrs. Louise Hernandez Yorba Linda Women's Club Voting
Mr. Larry Houser Fullerton Cares Autism Coalition Voting
Ms. Debbie Huff Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Kelly Webster Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Program / Program Planning

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2017 to Oct 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $153,533.00
Projected Expenses $119,423.00
Form 990s

2017 IRS Form 990-EZ

2016 IRS Form 990

2015 IRS Form 990-EZ

2014 IRS Form 990-EZ

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $153,533 $135,920 $92,129
Total Expenses $119,423 $99,495 $76,166

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$105,687 -- $72,897
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $26,790 $26,070 $19,212
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $21,013 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $43 $24 $20

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $94,879 $86,484 $59,614
Administration Expense $24,544 $13,011 $16,552
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.29 1.37 1.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 87% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% nan% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $118,197 $81,865 --
Current Assets $102,459 $81,278 --
Long-Term Liabilities $4,796 $2,574 --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $113,401 $79,291 $45,149

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 3% nan%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Tara's Chance was established in 2012.  Financial history available for 2012-2013 fiscal year and onward. Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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