How to Help
Riverwood is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable corporation that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. All Riverwood students are charged a fee for lessons that is discounted in order to make therapeutic riding affordable for our families. The fees charged only cover 30% of our operating costs. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.
In order to meet our operating budget, fundraising events, gifts, grants, special events and donations have to account for 70% of our income. You will find some giving opportunities listed below. Please contact us for any questions you may have about ways you can support Riverwood. Donations are vital to our success, and every dollar counts! We are truly grateful for the support of the entire Riverwood family!
- Forever stamps
- Office Supply Store and SAMS Club Gift Cards
- Children’s stirrup leathers
- New helmets (Please contact the Riverwood office for details regarding size and style if you are interested in donating – thank you!)
- Blanket waterproofing spray
- Paper Towels
- Print/Copier Paper
- Volunteer Orientation Supplies – bottled water, granola bars and nab crackers
- Legends CarbCare Horse Feed
- Southern States Brand UPC Feed Labels
- Acti-Flex 4000 joint supplement
- Equi-min mineral block
Program and Capital Improvement Sponsorships
- $30,000 – Indoor Arena Naming
- $15,000 Technology – computer updates, printing costs, website administration, phones and office machines, copying expenses, newsletter publication
- $5,000 – $10,000 Naming Opportunities – horse stalls, tack room, classroom, paddocks, upstairs offices, outdoor run-in stalls
- $5,000 – Name Outdoor Ring, renewable annually
Business, Individual and Group Sponsorships
Riverwood hosts several events each year, and there are many opportunities for sponsorships including horse sponsorships, rider sponsorships, horse show and timed trail ride sponsorships, program and equipment sponsorships, and more. Every single dollar raised helps sustain Riverwood. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact us at email@example.com.
Corporate sponsors play a significant role in the success of our special events, from benefit dinners to horse shows. RTRC works with Corporate Sponsors to customize their involvement in order to best meet the corporations’ specific philanthropic, marketing and employee interests and involvement needs.
Hearts and Hooves Giving Society
Hearts and Hooves is a group of devoted donors who are building Riverwood’s capacity to meet the growing need for equine assisted services in our community. Members make an minimum annual gift of $2,500. There is an immediate desire to sustain our student scholarship and horse care funds, which have increased in need due to growth in programming and number of students. Our goal is to raise $100,000 annually through the Hearts and Hooves Giving Society, which will be used to meet the current demand for services and to meet the growing demand for services over the next 5 years. The members of this society are truly paving the way for Riverwood’s bright future and are recognized as our sustainers.
Horse and Rider Sponsors
Horse sponsorships are $1,000 per year and help offset the costs associated with equine care. We hope to have a minimum of two – three sponsors per horse. Student sponsorships are $1000 a year and supplement costs that are not covered by tuition, including scholarships. It is Riverwood’s policy to not turn anyone away for financial reasons, so we rely heavily on the generosity of the community to assist us with this cost. If you, your family, business, or any group or organization would like to learn more about student sponsorships, or would like to sponsor one of our amazing therapy horses, please Contact Us for details.
Bricks of Love Program
Riverwood was built by “bricks of love” through the help and support of our local community and donors like you. Now, you can purchase a brick paver to be laid on the floor of Riverwood’s indoor facility. Click here for a picture. Purchase a paver for $75 and include what you wish for us to write. You can commemorate the loss of a loved one, beloved horse or pet, or simply show your support for the riders and horses at Riverwood by helping us “brick-by-brick.”
Click here for an order form.
Peter R. Kellogg Endowment Fund
Please specify if you would like your contribution to go toward the fund.
Employee Matching Programs
If you already contribute to Riverwood, or plan to do so, please check to see if your employer will match your contribution! Many employers will and we appreciate your support!
Gifts of Stock and Bonds
Gifts of stock and bonds can be very advantageous ways of giving. If you have owned stock that has increased in value for more than one year, you can donate it to Riverwood and receive a tax-deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock at the time of the transfer and never pay capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the stock.
Giving from IRA Accounts
If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can give your required minimum distribution (or any amount up to $100,000) from your IRA as a tax-free rollover gift. At your request, your IRA will send a charitable gift directly to Riverwood, and you do not have to report the withdrawal as taxable income. This only applies to IRA accounts; for those who have retirement funds in a 401(k), 403(b), SEP-IRA, or SIMPLE IRA, you can rollover dollars from those accounts to a standard IRA and then make the charitable gift to Riverwood to receive the same tax-benefit.
Include Riverwood in Your Will or Trust
A gift to Riverwood through your estate and financial planning is a wonderful way to help ensure Riverwood’s programs can continue to make an impact in our community well into the future! Bequests are an easy way to include Riverwood in your estate plan and they are not subject to estate tax. Bequests can be designated for general support or for a specific purpose. Simply name Riverwood as a beneficiary as you prepare your will or living trust. If you already have a will or living trust, you may add Riverwood as a beneficiary through an amendment. There are several benefits of planning a gift to Riverwood through your will or trust: your assets remain in your control during your lifetime, you can modify your bequest to address changing circumstances, and under current tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.
Is Riverwood already included in your will or trust? Please let us know! We are thankful for your dedication to serving Riverwood’s mission well into the future and would love for you to notify us of your decision so we can ensure your wishes are honored!
Make Goodsearch.com your search engine and homepage and designate Riverwood as your charity – $.01 of every search you make will go to Riverwood.
Attention Amazon shoppers: please be sure to designate us as your charitable organization when you check out. AmazonSmile will donate a percentage of your purchase to Riverwood!
The Southern States SHOW (Special Horse Organization Winner) program provides a cash rebate to non-profit horse organizations. Riverwood has benefited from this program for several years, earning as much as $500/year. Here is how you can help: Cut out the proof of purchase seal from your Reliance, Legends or Triple Crown feeds and either mail them to us or give us a call and we will come pick them up. The specialty feeds pay .25 each!