BRCTH Receives Grant from American Woodmark

amer woodmark team and honey 2015

American Woodmark Foundation Team members visited the BRCTH farm on April 22 to present a grant, where they met Honey, a pony used in the therapeutic riding program. From left, Christy Foltz, team secretary; Kevin Dunbar; Marjorie Youngs, BRCTH; Becky Sine; and Jennifer Frye, team leader.

The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship will soon improve its ability to connect with students, recruit volunteers, and partner with other community organizations through cloud-based software, thanks to a grant from the American Woodmark Foundation. The grant, for $2,160, allows BRCTH to purchase DonorPro software for one year. Representatives from American Woodmark Corporation presented the check to BRCTH on April 22 when they visited the farm in Berryville from which the center operates.

“DonorPro is an industry leader in nonprofit fundraising management and is used by many therapeutic riding centers across the country,” according to Marjorie Youngs, the Center’s executive director. “With this software, we will be able to improve donor and volunteer management, plan and track events, communicate with constituents, and simplify financial reporting.”

The American Woodmark Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in communities with company facilities. The company, which manufactures cabinets, has its headquarters in Winchester. This is the fourth grant that BRCTH has received from American Woodmark, with previous grants for start-up costs, insurance and equipment.

“Our therapeutic riding program continues to expand, with more students receiving services in our spring, fall and summer day camp programs,” Youngs said. “We are also considering piloting new programs to support other populations in our community, and this software will help us manage those programs. We are grateful to the American Woodmark Corporation for its continued support of therapeutic riding and its benefits for people with special needs.”

BRCTH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to provide life-enhancing, equine-assisted activities for children and adults with disabling conditions.  Students benefit from improvement in their physical, cognitive and psycho-social skills. BRCTH is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and its instructors are PATH certified. The Center relies on a large cadre of volunteers who help with the riding programs and care and management of its therapy horses and ponies. For more information, go to http://www.brcth.org and find us on Facebook.

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