2015 Grant Accelerator Charities

Saddle Up!

Since incorporating in 1991, Saddle Up! (TENNESSEE) has served almost 1,100 children, provided more than 42,000 hours of services, and cared for more than 110 noble horses who served our program.  In addition to our recreational therapeutic horseback riding program for Middle Tennessee children with disabilities, we offer physical and occupational therapy (called hippotherapy), a school-based equine assisted learning program, the Saddle Up! Equestrian Club, and workshops/seminars. Saddle Up! has a volunteer corps of more than 500 people who in 2013 alone provided over 17,115 hours of service assisting 213 in their lessons as well as barn and office duties. For our children, Saddle Up! provides more than just a good time.  Research shows that students who participate [...]

Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding – STAR

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) (TENNESSEE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, founded in 1987. STAR’s mission is to foster personal achievement by providing therapeutic experiences using horse related activities for persons with disabilities or other special challenges. STAR is the oldest therapeutic riding program in Tennessee and the first to achieve premier accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, (PATH Intl.). We serve individuals from 11 counties in East Tennessee averaging 150 participants per week ages 4 to 60+. We have 12 PATH Intl. certified instructors, over 400 volunteers and 30 horses/ponies. The individuals we serve have a variety of disabilities which include, but are not limited to; Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down [...]

Shining Stars Foundation

The Shining Stars Foundation (COLORADO) meets needs not addressed by medical treatments, mainly the devastating emotional, social, and psychological toll that cancer takes on the entire family.  We bring hope by providing year-round services which are unique recreational and social activities, including: adaptive skiing/snowboarding, outdoor education, adventure sports, music, cultural and community events, animal- based therapy, and more. Services are delivered through overnight, week-long programs and single day events. A majority of programs accommodate the entire family, with a few programs tailored specifically to the child. The Shining Stars Foundation is currently the only nonprofit in Colorado and one of few nationally providing long-term, year-round care for children and their families through recreational programming at any stage [...]

Suncoast Humane Society

Suncoast Humane Society was founded in 1971 as the Animal Aid Society of Englewood. A dedicated handful of community pioneers incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. In 1997, the corporate name was changed to Suncoast Humane Society to better reflect the widespread coverage area of the programs and services offered by the organization. Suncoast Humane Society operates one of Florida’s few “open admissions” animal care centers. They accept all animals brought to them by the public in their service area, regardless of health or temperament. Trained medical and behavioral staff evaluate each animal for adoptability. Healthy animals with stable temperaments and good behavior patterns are recommended for adoption. There is no time limit set [...]

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society

D.A.W.G.S. (Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability) (FLORIDA) in Prison is a program with a two-fold mission, giving both man and his best friend a second chance at life. DAWGS recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary and has saved the lives of over 380 shelter dogs and given over 420 inmates the skills to make a better life for themselves upon release. DAWGS was developed over 5 years ago to provide training and socialization to the less adoptable dogs of St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. In addition, many of these dogs are also provided medical care and rehabilitation from injuries and illnesses. Our DAWGS graduates have not only become loving family members, but have also gone onto save [...]

Sunshine Foundation Dream Village

Sunshine Foundation (FLORIDA) has spread Sunshine into the lives of more than 39,000 special children and their families since 1976, many of whom dream to take their once in a lifetime family vacation to the Central Florida theme parks. They stay at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, a 22-acre enchanted resort specially designed for chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children from income-limited families. For children whose lives have been challenged with life-long chronic illnesses and conditions, dreams often come from the longing to experience what others may see as normal life. Families with special needs children live in a world where normal life includes hospital visits, doctor appointments, surgeries, therapies, and at times, staggering [...]