Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For Horse Lovers: Not art but about the Art of Living life, Equestrian Aid Foundation Awarded Gold Status from GuideStar


Equestrian Aid Foundation Awarded
Gold Status from GuideStar

Wellington, Fla. ­– July 26, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that it was awarded Gold Status from GuideStar, the world's leading provider of information about nonprofit organizations. GuideStar's Gold Status is awarded to recognize nonprofit transparency and accountability. Out of 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations listed in GuideStar, only .5 percent have achieved Gold Status. The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to be included in this tier. 

To achieve the Gold Status, Equestrian Aid Foundation submitted information including its mission, goals, strategies and capabilities. Nonprofit evaluation is a vital practice that keeps organizations accountable and lets donors know that their charity of choice is trustworthy and reputable. The Gold level is given to organizations that commit to GuideStar's high standards of transparency and management.

Click here to visit Equestrian Aid Foundation's Gold GuideStar profile.

Equestrian Aid Foundation is an organization that serves the horse world by providing financial assistance to catastrophically ill or injured horse people. Founded in 1996, the Foundation has granted over $2.7 million in assistance to equestrians from across the country, who work and participate in varied disciplines and come from all walks of life. The organization depends on the compassion of horse lovers to support its efforts through donation, fundraising events, programs and volunteerism.

Laurietta Oakleaf and Alena Weida are two Equestrian Aid Foundation recipients
Photos courtesy of Laurietta Oakleaf and Alena Weida.
Equestrian Aid Foundation recently launched a new horse show program called Show You Care during Summer in the Rockies at Colorado Horse Park. They have an active retail program and have relationships with participatingequestrian and non-endemic retailers. "Althea," their 2017 major fundraiser, held during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, was a resounding success and out-raised previous events.

"We place importance on transparency and adhering to high standards," said executive director, Louise Smith. "We are honored that GuideStar includes Equestrian Aid Foundation among the top tier of respected nonprofits in the country."

About GuideStar
GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations. They provide information about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance and more. They combine information that nonprofits supply with data from several other sources.

GuideStar acts as a search engine for nonprofit information and provides information so that donors, funders, researchers, educators, professional service providers, governing agencies and the media may make informed decisions.

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The Equestrian Aid Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Since its inception 21 years ago, the Foundation has granted over $2.7 million in direct financial aid to equestrians facing adversity. Our needs-based support provides assistance with basic living and rehabilitative expenses to riders, trainers, farriers, grooms, horse farm owners and other equestrians who need a helping hand to get back on their feet. For more information, please visit


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