Our horses are the backbone of our program, so we do our best to keep them at optimal health and performance. Last week we had Dr. Kodii Moriuchi, from Healing Hands Veterinary Services, come out to perform chiropractic adjustments on our horses. Our horses are ridden several days of the week by many different children and staff, so it is easy to see how their necks/backs can get out of alignment. When horses are out of alignment, we may see stiffness, changes in their movements, resistance to being saddled or taking the bit, or behavioral changes. Adjustments are made to the horse’s muscular and skeletal system and result in better range of motion, balance, and nervous system function. Our horses showed some immediate signs of relief by lowering their heads, licking and chewing, and taking deep breaths. Sometimes there will be a period of tiredness after an adjustment, usually only lasting 24-48 hours. Our boys were given the weekend off and were ready to work again the following Monday. Their moods have improved and they seem to be moving better already.
Some Tuesday nights at the HAY Foundation are very humbling. Last night was one of these nights for many of the HAY staff and volunteers. The following feedback is from parents….
The HAY Foundation appreciates the community of people who make it possible to work with local children. In addition to the wonderful people who provide monetary donations to cover the cost of staff who work directly with the students, there are many people who donate their time and possessions to benefit the HAY Foundation.
We extend a huge thank you to the following:
A huge thank you to everybody who makes a monetary donation to sponsor children and gives their time, talent, and possessions! These gifts allow the HAY Foundation to work with children in need.
The HAY Foundation was featured in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Annual Report for 2016. We are extremely thankful for all of the donors who allowed us to help local children last year!
A Wire-to-Wire Fundraising Success
Once you throw a party once, and you hope anyone shows up. You throw a second party, and you hope more people show up than at the first one.
By that metric or any other, the second year of Give Ozarks Day was a success.
The region's only online giving day was started by the CFO in 2015, when nearly $1.1 million was raised for nonprofits in 24 hours. Year two, on May 3, 2016, included nearly 225 agencies from across southern Missouri, which combined to raise nearly $1.2 million.
Additional metrics included:
Nixa-based H.A.Y. (Horses Assisting Youth) Foundation was the top-earning regional agency, with more than $39,000 raised to promote its mission of therapeutic horseback lessons for youth.
H.A.Y. Foundation founder Amy Koenigsfeld said the Give Ozarks success was due to "angel donors" that came through with a lead gift for general operations. It's that sort of opportunity the CFO sought to provide to nonprofits when it launched the giving day concept in the Ozarks.
The second year of Give Ozarks not only featured increased agency activity, but additional investment from the CFO and its partners as well. The CFO again provided $100,000 in endowment matches to 20 agencies. BKD Wealth Advisors again served as Presenting
Sponsor, with Commerce Trust/Coover Foundation, Musgrave Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney repeating as Platinum Sponsors. In all, $100,000 in prizes were awarded to nonprofits online and at the Give Ozarks Homestretch, a happy hour for sponsors and agencies at Missouri Spirits, hosted by Springfield First Community Bank. Online, a new "shopping-cart" feature, developed by site creator and Springfield web design firm Mostly Serious, made it possible for donors to give to multiple agencies in a single transaction.
With two successful years under the belt, you might as well throw another party. And so, the third Give Ozarks Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at www.giveozarks.org.
We can't wait to see who shows up this year.
Nixa Community Foundation Grant
The HAY Foundation was awarded a grant from the Nixa Community Foundation in the amount of $3,735. This grant will provide the opportunity for 9 children in Nixa who are Wards of the State, in the custody of a guardian or currently in Foster Care to participate in the 8 week Horsemanship Lesson Program in 2017.
Between January 1 to October 1, 2016, 25 children who were in Foster Care or were in the care of a court appointed guardian completed or were enrolled in the 8 week H.A.Y. Foundation Horsemanship Lesson Program. These children had been removed from their biological parents for multiple reasons (i.e. physical or sexual abuse, neglect, homelessness, addiction, behavioral noncompliance and parental addiction, death or imprisonment etc). The Nixa Community Foundation grant for $1,800 awarded to the HAY Foundation in 2015, assisted with the partial cost of 9 of these children this year.
This is a thank you note written by a high school girl to her sponsor in September, 2016:
“I just wanted to say thank you. I’m a foster kid, and there’s barely anyone willing to donate anything. I loved the horses. My horse was Tonka. I’ve been trotting and walking with him. I was kinda scared of trotting. But I really loved the experience. I really appreciated the donation. I’m really grateful for the donation.”
Finley River Community Foundation Grant
The HAY Foundation was awarded a grant from the Finley River Community Foundation in the amount of $532. This grant will help provide Horsemanship Clinics to children in Eastern Christian County. Many children who have graduated from the 8 week Horsemanship Lesson Program have taught their peers in Horsemanship Clinics held at their school or at Laurel Arena. . Horsemanship Clinics are taught by H.A.Y. Foundation Instructors and former or present H.A.Y. Foundation students with the assistance of a full grown horse in a round pen, miniature horses, or a life size model horse (when weather doesn’t permit the use of live horses)
Horsemanship Clinics have educated more than 3,600 local children in the past 3 years.
Date Range Approximate number of students participating in clinic
September 2013 to May 2014 1,687
September 2014 to May 2015 1,230
October 2015 to June 2016 720
On Thanksgiving morning, CrossFit Springfield held the 5K Gone Bird event and participants donated $2,000 to benefit the H.A.Y. Foundation in remembrance of Landon Potts. Landon helped build the outdoor arena and put up hay at Laurel Arena.
As a result of this donation, 5 local children will be able to participate in the 8 week Horsemanship Lesson Program in 2017 in Landon’s memory. The HAY Foundation would like to express our sincere appreciation to Chance and Sherry Potts and the owners of CrossFit Springfield, Grant & Melissa Wistrom and Jeremy & Jenny Mhire for selecting the HAY Foundation as the benefactor of their philanthropic efforts. A thank you note will be sent to CrossFit Springfield from each of the 5 children who benefit from the generosity of the many donors who gave monetary gifts on Thanksgiving. The HAY Foundation is thankful for each of these donors as we strive to help children in our community.
The HAY Foundation was awarded $1,245 from the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation! This gracious award was the result of a grant written to cover the cost of HAY Foundation 8 week Horsemanship Lesson Program for 3 children living in Stone county. The HAY Foundation is very thankful to the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation for awarding this grant money to help change the lives of children. Amy Koenigsfeld and Sarah Fuller went to Silver Dollar City on October 26th to accept the award. Amy and Sarah posed for a photo with John Coonrod, a board member on the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation.
THANK YOU Table Rock Lake Community Foundation!!