Summary of Activities 2020
The Mounted Patrol Foundation believes that horses and equestrian activities have helped create a wonderful, healthy community in and around Woodside, California. The Mounted Patrol Foundation seeks to honor the legacy of this area by continuing to support, maintain, develop and encourage equestrian facilities, activities and heritage in the Town of Woodside, the County of San Mateo and the State of California. Our vision includes the preservation of horse habitats and trail systems to provide both opportunities and environments conducive to the enjoyment of horses for horse owners and the public at large.
Our Mission and Grant Record:
The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), charitable organization that works in collaboration with local government, other public agencies, and other nonprofits to support and promote equestrian activities and facilities in the area. The Foundation also serves as the fiscal agent for CHAPS (Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County) and works closely with them to achieve our mutual grant-making goals. In the 18 years since our founding, the Mounted Patrol Foundation has made grants totaling more than $464,000 to over 40 horse- and equestrian-related organizations, activities, and facilities. CHAPS has made grants exceeding $189,000.
There are two sources of donation funds: Board Reserves and Directed Donations.
Discretionary grants are made from its Board Reserves, which was started with $54,000 of contributions from the founding members back in 2003-2004. In the years since, MP members have also contributed $70,000 with their membership dues, resulting in total contributions of $124,000 to the Board Reserve Fund. Thanks to prudent investment practices over the years, the fund has grown to $387,000. A guideline of the Foundation is to make annual discretionary donations of up to 5% of the average principal balance of the fund to worthy equestrian causes in the area
Project-Specific Funds/Donor-Directed Funds: These are funds raised for a specific project, or from a donor for a specified cause (donor-directed). Examples include the All-Weather Trails in Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, hitching rails, the Towne Creek Bridge, and the Bill Lane Scholarship Fund. We thank the hundreds of individuals and organizations who, over the years, have sent in donations ranging from $25 to $10,000, which have helped to make these projects successful.
In addition to its own grant-making, the Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County (CHAPS). The MPF has partnered with CHAPS in raising funds for public horse trail improvements, horseback trail rides for veterans and for foster (CASA) children. CHAPS also raised money for renovation of the upper barn at Wunderlich Park. In 2020, under the aegis of the MPF, CHAPS has donated a total of $6,980 (details in the attached table).
$53,987 in Grants in 2020
In 2020 the Mounted Patrol Foundation made Discretionary and Donor-Directed grants of $53,987 to the projects listed below. Nearly 45% ($24,265) of the grants were made possible by the generosity of Project-Specific/Donor-Directed funds in support of these projects. We want to thank the following for their generous support:
WHOA! - Woodside-area Horse Owners Association
The Don and Carole Tanklage Foundation
Over 125 individuals and companies from around the US that supported the San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group
IBEW Local Union #617
Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks
Jeff & Debbie Hotter
Anne Van Camp
Bay Area Barns and Trails
Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County and its members
Bill Lane Family Fund
And many other individuals and groups
The remaining 55% of the grants were from the Mounted Patrol Foundation Board Reserves.
One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding - $1,000
Equi-Ed - $1,000
Equi-Ed offers a variety of year-round programs, from riding, vaulting, and horsemanship to competition opportunities. Each program is specially designed to enhance the therapeutic benefits of equine activities. Students of all ages and backgrounds participate in riding, vaulting, and competing. Equi-Ed offers to students with and without disabilities who participate in therapeutic riding, the opportunity to experience physical, emotional, and mental benefits.
Horse Park Polo Club has provided an opportunity to learn to ride the polo ponies, hit the ball, learn the rules and play the game. Hundreds of men, women, children and Stanford students have benefited from this over the past 30 years. The Polo Field was built many years ago and is need of repairs to be able to continue this service.
Due to COVID, this program has been limited in this year. We hope to expand it in 2021
CHAPS - Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County, the Mounted Patrol Foundation, along with major support from WHOA! (Woodside-area Horse Owners Association) and from other individual donors, have funded horseback riding experiences for veterans and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) foster children.
Horses for Heroes provides free trail rides and lessons for military veterans who have served our country and are referred from the Veterans Administration Recreational Therapy Program. We strive to provide the joy of a horse to these veterans who have given to our country so dearly.
Healing Hearts with Horses provides riding opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved children of our community. We strive to provide the joy of a horse to kids who have so little.
Grants to Other Equestrian Organizations - $1,723
Additional grants have gone to organizations serving children and equestrians. Grantees include San Mateo County 4H Scholarship; children's books on horses - Woodside Elementary school; a documentary on mules riding across America; and Barron Park (Palo Alto) donkeys.
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Thank you for all the wonderful support and contributions over the years. We could not have achieved these goals without you.
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