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Best Practices for Equine Retirement and Rehoming Organizations (PDF)
As recommended by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Governance. The organization should have attained or applied for 501 (c)(3) status and have a Board of Directors consisting of a minimum of five voting members;
Minimum Standards. The organization shall substantially adhere to the AAEP’s Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities or other approved guidelines for equine care and be accredited by a nationally recognized sanctioning body in the horse industry;
Programs. The organization’s activities and practices must be consistent with its mission and that of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance;
Transparency. The organization must have readily available promotional, fundraising and public information that describes the organization’s identity, purpose, programs and financial needs;
Integrity. The organization must demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively with the horse community on programs to uphold the image and integrity of the horse industry;
Financial and Accounting Practices. The organization must adhere to generally accepted practices for fundraising and distribution of funds and have an annual, board-approved budget that is consistent with its financial statements;
Use of Funds. The organization’s use of funds must be consistent with long-term strategies for program continuity and its annual fundraising and administrative costs, relative to program spending, must not exceed generally accepted levels; and
Annual Reporting. The organization must meet the general requirements for all 990 disclosures and filings and observe practices consistent with generally accepted accounting principles.
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