Disaster Relief Fund
The Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund exists to assist equestrian communities in crisis due to unforeseen and dire circumstances, such as those created by natural disasters or other events unpreventable through reasonable cautionary measures.
The foundation’s Disaster Response Committee defines a disaster as an event that requires immediate action to ensure the basic wellbeing and/or survival of those affected. Like all monetary donations to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, donations made to the DRF will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
When disaster strikes, the foundation will announce the opening of its Disaster Relief Fund via social media and e-blast. While all funds raised during a disaster-specific campaign will be earmarked for communities affected by said disaster, the amount of support provided will be contingent upon the amount of money raised during the campaign. Donations to the fund outside of a disaster-specific campaign will be used for relief efforts at the Disaster Response Committee’s discretion.
Disaster Relief funds will be used to purchase and deliver vital supplies—such as bottled water, nonperishable goods, feed, forage and first aid—and services to equestrian communities within, or evacuated from, devastated areas. Please note that donations to the Disaster Relief Fund cannot be designated to a specific entity or person at the donor’s request. Rather, the Disaster Response Committee will utilize the foundation’s vast network of equestrians and equine professionals across the United States to determine how funds can most effectively serve the equestrian communities of geographic areas in crisis.
One hundred percent of donated funds will be directly allocated to relief efforts.
We will not fund the overhead of other businesses or organizations doing relief work.
Additionally, disaster relief funds will not be disbursed to cover the following:
- Direct assistance to individual horsemen who are the victims of a widespread natural disaster. Assistance will be directed toward communities rather than specific individuals within them.
- Assistance with structural rebuilding and repairs that can be more appropriately provided by FEMA or through insurance claims.
- Assistance that can be more appropriately provided by a traditional grant from the Equestrian Aid Foundation.