Read more about visits to organizations during the construction of this site. To learn more about the process behind the creation of this project, read the full process blog.


What does it mean for a nonprofit to have 501c3 status, and is it really that important?

I mentioned in the last post situations in Nebraska, Louisiana, and West Virginia where rescue organizations went under and hundreds of horses starved.  These organizations may have convinced the public that they were doing right by the horses by having good marketing or  by simply convincing donors that tax-exempt means quality.

“501(c)3 status is your means for funding. Applying for grants from foundations and being able to give individuals a tax write off for donations.” – Whitney Wright, Hope for Horses


cropped-front-image1.pngThe word “good” is kind of ambiguous, and always relative.  Good is better than bad but worse than great.  Throughout this series I will let you define “good” by what it means to you and what standards you have for nonprofits that you support.



In the past five days I’ve driven over 500 miles and visited three rescue organizations.  Each opportunity to meet new organization gives me the chance to share the information I’ve gathered throughout this project,  help organizations expand their thinking about the projects they are working on, and expand my own perspective of this project..  I learn from every person I meet and I have the opportunity to practice how I communicate the project’s goals as well.


corollaI had never seen a wild horse before.  Thousands of domestic horses, sure, but never been touched, limited human interaction, wild horses?  This was my first time.

In Corolla, where the Corolla Wild Horse Fund operates, there are 116 horses that live on an 11 mile stretch of land.  The beach is only accessible by 4×4 (good thing I drive a jeep!) and is lined at either end with fencing to keep the horses safe.


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