InStride Therapy Inc
1629 Ranch Road
Nokomis FL 34275
Mission
Partnering with our horses, we challenge individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dana A. Johnston
Board Chair Mr. Bill Sutton
Board Chair Affiliation Progressive Community Management Inc. (PCM)
General Info
Former Names
Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1995
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration Yes July 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
IRS DETERMINATION LETTER 501c3View
Other Documents
InStride TriFold Page2View
Impact Statement
Vision: We envision a time when everyone who could benefit will receive our Hippotherapy services!

Accomplishments in 2016:
 
1.  Mary Nastan, Founder, returned as Interim Executive Director to lead a strategic planning process and to increase the recognition of InStride Therapy as a unique, medically recommended therapy.  One of only 60 in the United States.
 
2.  Hosted a successful Derby Day fundraising event that promoted the support of our therapy horses and scholarships for their riders.
 
Goals for 2017:
 
1.  To complete a strategic planning process.
2.  To develop the Board of Directors through governance consultation and training.
3.  To deliver the literacy program "Reading with Little Red & Friends" to over 200 school children in Sarasota County.
4.  To send two riders and two horses to the Statewide Special Olympics trials.
5.  To create a "sponsorship" program to "fill the gap" between payments by insurance and families and true cost of medically advised hippotherapy sessions.
6.  To secure and train two more therapy horses to be able to deliver the much needed hippotherapy to those in need. 
 
Needs Statement
1. A concrete pad for riders and their rider families to have a smooth transition to the riding arena. Cost: $20,000.00.  Outdoor chairs for parents and family members as they wait for their rider. A new air conditioning unit for an outbuilding to be used for volunteer training and literacy activities.
2.  Complete website redesign. This is the "face" of the organization and the website is old technology and out of date. Cost: $4,800.00
3. 75 "fill the gap" scholarships are needed.  Insurance and family private payments cannot cover the full cost of therapy sessions.  Each weekly session costs $125.00 and approximately $85.00 of that is unmet need.  We are seeking 75 "fill the gap" scholarships at $4000.00 each.
4. Adopt-a-Horse. You can sponsor/adopt a horse.  A minimum gift of $3600 is requested to help with the care, training and support of each of the therapy horses.  These horses work hard and are well cared for.  They could use your help.  Name on their stall; photo opportunities available.
5. Event Sponsors.  Catering services, refreshments, musical entertainment, DJ all needed for the "GIDDY UP BBQ" which welcomes 400+ new and old friends in October.  Sponsorships available.
 
Our riders and their horses rely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and special events to support more than 60% of our operations.   
Background Statement
Now in our 20th year of operation, InStride Therapy is recognized as the leading hippotherapy center in the southeastern United States and has been a long standing member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International since 1994.
 
InStride's new state-of-the-art facility offers year round programs in equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, clinic-based therapies and learning programs. We also offer experiential learning through outreach and youth programs and many volunteer opportunities.
 
Many instructors and therapists are PATH International certified and/or American Hippotherapy Assocation trained with continuing professional educational opportunities offered on a regular basis.  All training is conducted by highly qualified professionals, and this therapy is widely recognized in the field of therapeutic riding.
 
Located on 64 acres of pristine, undeveloped land amid encroaching development, InStride remains as a place where people come to breath fresh air, to heal, to learn and to make friends that last a lifetime. We strive to provide support and growth opportunities for all of our special riders and their families.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments InStride Therapy provides therapeutic services using hippotherapy (therapy with the aid of a horse) services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties.  InStride also provides equine assisted services to clients of organizations like Special Olympics, in addition to PATH, International sanctioned trainings and periodic workshops for therapeutic riding instructors from around the U.S. and Canada.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Bill Sutton, Chair of the Board:  I am proud to be associated with an organization that helps so many families.  These families struggle and with the help of InStride Therapy we can make their load a little lighter.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
By Mary Nastan, founder and Interim Executive Director
I am proud to be the founder of InStride Therapy, Inc.  My dream of bringing the needs of my physical therapy patients and my love of horses together was realized in this organization.  The riders of InStride  are primarily between the ages of 18 months and 11. To see the smiles on their faces, their expressions of love for the horses, the bonds that are formed with the therapists, and volunteers will warm the hearts of anyone.  
 
The primary disabilities faced by our riders include autism, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, visual and hearing impairments, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amputation.  Our physical therapists are trained to work with the riders' physicians to create the best therapeutic program possible.

InStride Therapy is recognized as the leading hippotherapy center in the southeastern United States and has been a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International since 1994.

Many instructors and therapists are PATH International certified and/or American Hippotherapy Association trained with continuing professional educational opportunities offered on a regular basis.  All training is conducted by highly qualified professionals, widely recognized in the field of therapeutic riding.
 
Please come visit our 64 pristine acres, see our exceptional riders and their horses. 
Programs
Description

At InStride, where miracles happen every day, therapeutic riding (hippotherapy) and other equestrian activities benefit the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities. A horse's movement closely resembles the normal gait of a human and can be used to produce specific physical changes in the rider, including normalization of muscle tone, postural and balance improvements and increased strength. 

The riders of InStride represent all ages and backgrounds. The majority of our participants are between the ages of 18 months and 11. Most participants have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and sensory disabilities. There is no “typical” rider, as programs are designed to benefit individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.  We have an upper weight limit of 175 lbs to keep our riders safe and our horses in good condition.

The primary disabilities include autism, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, visual and hearing impairments, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amputation.

Our participants come to us from special-education classes at local schools, as referrals from physicians, social service agencies, group homes, rehabilitation or vocational training centers, and through individual referrals by other participants and friends.

Our goal is to offer our programs to everyone who can benefit from them, regardless of financial means, and to make direct scholarships available to those who need them.

Budget $320,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short Term Success
InStride therapists work with physicians' referrals.  The prescriptions require specific therapy goals.  And because each special rider is unique, there is no one answer to short term success.  Parents will say they see their child asking to go to therapy.  Others will share how a child who never spoke will now, due to improved breathing, say "go" or her horses' name.  All parents express gratitude for the opportunities given their children.  In some cases, there will be neuro-muscular improvements in as few as 4-6 therapy sessions.  Since our riders have widely varying degrees of multiple issues including sensory, muscular, speech and hearing, and nervous systems its unrealistic for us to propose a typical short term success.  We see riders who make amazing progress and are discharged within a few months and others who have been receiving therapy for years.
Long Term Success
At InStride, therapeutic riding (hippotherapy) and other equestrian activities benefit the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities. A horse's movement closely resembles the normal gait of a human and can be used to produce specific physical changes in the rider, including normalization of muscle tone, postural and balance improvements and increased strength.
The horse's movement can also help mitigate sensory integration issues. A smooth-gaited, consistently paced horse can provide the input needed to help a rider establish rhythm. A rough-gaited horse may provide the stimulation needed to help organize and integrate sensory input. Movement exploration while on the horse can help improve overall body awareness.
 
Cognitively, the horse provides many of our riders with the motivation to learn new things. Educational goals such as letter recognition and sequencing can be incorporated into riding activities. Socially, therapeutic riding activities enable individuals to interact with their peers in a group activity. Riding and the related activities are fun as well as challenging.
 
Program Success Monitoring InStride works through physician prescriptions that call out specific therapy goals and uses licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists to achieve those goals.  Riders are evaluated at least annually for progress, and case notes detailing progress against goals and benchmarks are updated at the end of each therapy session.  When/if hippotherapy is no longer indicated as an effective strategy, riders are discharged.
Program Success Examples
When he started hippotherapy, Mason’s trunk muscles were so weak that he couldn’t sit unsupported. Mason has embraced the love of horses — his family says that Grace (his horse) is a major motivator in his life.
Just this month he began taking his first few steps unaided – you guessed it – to walk up the ramp to mount his horse.  One of Mason’s first words was “horsey”. This week he walked out of the arena holding Grace's rope, beaming from ear to ear. GO MASON!  Laura (Mason's Mom) & Mary (his therapist).
 
Aiva's Journey... We have seen more progress in 2 months of Hippotherapy at InStride than in all the other therapies put together.  My daughter's life has been impacted greatly from attending InStride.  One of her main problems at almost 3 years old is lack of speech.  Now, after many months of trying everything under the sun - Aiva has begun to vocalize.  I know for a fact that InStride has been the catalyst for that change in my little girl. 
The people at InStride are caring, understanding and incredibly helpful.  Aiva's balance has dramatically improved - from falling down 2 - 5 times a day to maybe once or twice a week (from normal toddler escapades).  I am eternally grateful to InStride. 
Also, Aiva's confidence level has soared; her eye contact has improved; she's not as apprehensive around strangers and Aiva also will let the therapists pick her up, take her hand and lead her away from me - which, until InStride, would have been grounds for an explosive screaming and kicking fit.  I cant say enough about InStride and the staff.
My family and I are eternally grateful.  I recommend to any desperate families in need of help - call InStride.  Aiva's Mom
Description

 

InStride provides an inclusive “Reading With Little Red and Friends” experience for 3-7 yr olds and Building Great Leaders! for 12-17 year olds.  LITERACY! InStride Therapy offers an exciting hands-on interactive experience to help students and teachers explore the joy of reading in a very unique way! MISSION: To increase literacy among young children through the magic of live horses and the very special story of Little Red and Friends.  LEADERSHIP! Developed in 2011, Course 1 was first delivered to adolescents 13-16 yrs old from South County Family YMCA.  Taught by InStride trained volunteers the course features experiences with and around horses and first hand encounters in the commonalities of communicating and leading both animals and people.  InStride is the home of the Sarasota Special Olympics Equestrian Team. We serve our community through school programs at Oak Park and experiential learning opportunities provided on-site and through our outreach programs.
Budget $48,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
During this experience, we include learning about caring for a horse – connecting with similar skills our children will need to take care of their own personal needs.  We address six important child development areas: Feeding (eating/nutrition), Tacking (clothing), Grooming (washing & cleanliness), Farrier (shoes/no shoes), First Aid/Dentistry (health and teeth) and Language Skills (reading to the horses).
Our plan is to send each child back to their school with a Little Red and Friends photo book as memories of their special experiences at InStride. Our goal is that 100% of participants express an increased interest in reading and meet K-1st grade lesson plan goals of the Common Core Standards.
Long Term Success MISSION: To increase literacy among young children through the magic of live horses and the very special story of Little Red and Friends.
Program Success Monitoring Pre-post tests and feedback from teachers using our worksheets with participants to report on success goals.
Program Success Examples Johnny or Suzy will show increased interest in reading and improved attitude and secondary indications of proficiency and anecdotal indications through their memories of Little Red and Friends and general comments, also their uses of our booklet and worksheets during class time.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization With its foundation in the medical community and our therapist's extensive training, seeking and tracking rider outcomes has been ingrained in InStride since our inception in 1994.  Hippotherapy has been well documented to provide 6 times the number of neuro/muscular stimulations as compared to physical, occupational or speech therapies alone.  

Our riders come to us from special-education classes at local schools, as referrals from physicians, social service agencies, group homes, rehabilitation or vocational training centers, and through individual referrals by other participants and friends. Our goal is to offer our programs to everyone who can benefit from them, regardless of financial means, and to make direct financial needs-based scholarships available to every qualified family.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dana A. Johnston
CEO Term Start Aug 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email danaj@instridetherapy.org
Experience

Dana Johnston moved to Sarasota from Davis CA three years ago.  An avid volunteer with programs for autism and for rescue horses, Dana has volunteered at InStride Therapy for two years.  He believes he has found his "home".  Dana has a MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and has formed several companies which provide customer relations data analysis.  Dana and his wife have five grown children.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Donna Blem Jan 1995 - Jan 2014
Jody Jorgensen Jan 2014 - Jan 2015
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Sue Button Senior Therapeutic Riding Instructor & Barn Manager
Mrs. Susannah Cripe Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Cindy Eaton Program Coordinator/Bookkeeper
Ms. Mary Nastan Interim Executive Director
Ms. Sarah Sigmund Marketing & Events Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 95
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 5
Volunteers 80
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
InStride regularly collaborates with organizations like Oak Park School - Sarasota County School District, Special Olympics, and Loveland.
No other agency provides Hippotherapy services in Southwest Florida. InStride is one of only 9 Hippotherapy centers in Florida and one of only 60 in the U.S.  Of those, InStride is one of the top 15 centers for its capacity and is a long-standing member of PATH, International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).  InStride works with Therapeutic Riding Instructors and several of our licensed physical, occupational and audiology therapists have at least 100 hours of training through the American Hippotherapy Association.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Center MembershipPATH International, Inc.2015
Center MembershipAmerican Hippotherapy Association2015
Linda A. Frease - Hippotherapy Clinical SpecialistAmerican Hippotherapy Association2011
Sue Button, certified instructorPATH International2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
For the past several years we have been blessed with a core group of talented, dedicated and highly motivated individuals here at InStride. Individuals with superior therapy skills, advanced therapeutic horsemanship training and nonprofit organizational advancement experience have been fueling our continued success in the face of increasing regulatory complexities and declining therapy reimbursement rates and a shifting donor landscape.
That said, it's clear we need to increase our very lean staff in resource, program development and ancillary services to further meet our mission and bring additional revenues to InStride.  We're all working very hard on these opportunities and challenges and can use all the partners we can get along the way.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
We love our web site videos and the pictures that accompany our rider stories!  If you can't visit in person, viewing The InStride Story video is also a great way to get to know us. Hippotherapy is such a powerful therapeutic strategy and yet it appears so simple that people often miss it's power to move riders forward through the most serious of disabilities and delays.
We often say that we see little miracles every day here at InStride!  Our videos and pictures are truly the next best thing to personally witnessing the effects of Hippotherapy.
 
We've also embraced both Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/InStride-Therapy-Inc/145213562163920  and Twitter to connect with the world.  We've found great interest in our periodic e-newsletters, both for supporters and volunteers.  Sign up now through our web site home page.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
InStride TriFold Page1
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bill Sutton
Company Affiliation Progressive Community Management Inc. (PCM)
Board Term Jan 2014 to Nov 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Elise Angeloro Progressive Community Management
Ms. Nancy Blackstone PhD. Psychologist, private practice
Mrs. Cathye Bouis Florida Citrus
Mr. Klaus Frost Paradise Dryer Vent Cleaning
Ms. Carla Koeffler Community Volunteer
Mr. Glen D. Koehnlein Community Volunteer
Mr. Ken Modzelewski SKY Family YMCA
Ms. Mary Nastan Licensed Physical Therapist
Mr. Bill Sutton PCM, Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Finance
Board Governance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization Four new board members were installed in May.  The board membership now represents geographic, nonprofit, philanthropic, horsemanship and maintenance skills.  The members are visible in the community and skilled in advocating for the mission.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $526,300.00
Projected Expenses $539,570.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $809,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$125,229$203,784$154,817
$0$0$0
$223,882$194,147$928,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses$106,122$84,967$63,869
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$83,984$28,277$115,117
Revenue In-Kind$10,037$75,378$11,305
Other$0$685,456$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$539,379$586,132$504,461
Administration Expense$57,000$63,606$57,117
Fundraising Expense$4,000$4,000$4,000
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.832.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,006,165$6,046,049$5,957,400
Current Assets$1,906,681$1,931,139$1,749,021
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$19,736$8,853$351,323
Total Net Assets$5,986,429$6,037,196$5,606,077
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Fees $223,882Lawsuit Settlement $684,156Gain from Sale of Assets Other Than Inventory $709,040
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $125,229Contributions, gifts, grants $203,784Program Fees $219,860
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $106,122Program Fees $194,147Contributions, gifts, grants $154,817
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities96.61218.134.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
In 2011 InStride emerged from an extended, highly successful Capital Campaign that fully funded the purchase of 76 partially wooded acres in Nokomis, Florida. 
In 2014 we celebrated our 20th year of service, a wonderful milestone as we continue to look increase our capacity to serve additional riders!
Mary Nastan, Founder and Interim Executive Director continues her leadership as we transition to a new Director during 2017. Under Mary's guidance InStride cleared over $70,000 at Derby Day, our major 2016 fundraiser. Many current, new and former friends of InStride helped make this event so successful!
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit InStride Therapy Inc
Address 1629 Ranch Road
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone 941 412-9333

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