Stable View Foundation Accepting Applications for 2024 Charities

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Aiken charities, get ready: the Stable View Foundation is accepting applications for their 2024 charities from November 15th through December 15th.

The Stable View Foundation was established in March 2023 with a goal of streamlining donations to charities local to Aiken, South Carolina. Morgan Batton, Michele Bradley, and Pippa Moon make up the three person board, which chooses three charities to receive a minimum donation of $50,000. For 2023, these charities included the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, and the SC Youth Advocate Program.

Its inaugural year was reported to be a success. The first ever USEF/USEA “Aiken Local Charities“ Horse Trials, held in May, had over 200 entries, an increase of 50 percent compared to the equivalent weekend in 2022. Stable View hosted 14 divisions for the horse trial, made up of Beginner Novice through Intermediate. Local professionals in attendance included Lauren Nicholson, Jane Jennings, Sydney Elliott, and Sarah Kuhn.

Three new charities will receive donations from the 2024 line-up of events at Stable View. Funds for distribution from the Stable View Foundation will be collected by Stable View’s May “Local Charities Horse Trials”—a minimum of $10,000. The Foundation will also distribute a minimum of $5,000 from each of eight shows in Stable View’s USEF/USHJA $550,000 Challenge Series.

This year the board is looking for charities that have a focus on local children and families. As a gathering place for Aiken natives, the Stable View Foundation is interested in having a positive impact on the community that has welcomed it to the area and supported the venue’s events and endeavors since 2010.

To that end, the distributed press release stated the organization is looking for charities with initiatives that include education, healthcare, childcare, family support services, mental health, and other areas crucial to the well-being of Aiken children and families.

According to Stable View co-owner Barry Olliff, “I believe from the point of view of the Directors of the Foundation, this has been the beginning of the process. So far out of $60,000 in total donations from Stable View events, $15,000 has been distributed. With another $45,000 still to be donated to the three charities selected for 2023, it will be interesting to see which charities the Directors select for 2024. The Foundation is being run so that its total expenses are zero – this means that applicants will receive 100% of all donations.”

The application period will begin on November 15th and close on December 15th, 2023. Selections will be notified by February 1, 2024. According to the Stable View press release, if you are a local charity who would like to apply for consideration, you can submit by answering the following questions and mailing it to:

Stable View Foundation
Grant Application Submission
112 Stable Drive
Aiken SC 29801

  1.  Organization Information:
    a. Organization Name:
    b. Mailing Address:
    c. City, State, Zip Code:
    d. Phone Number:
    e. Email Address:
    f. Website:
    g. Briefly describe your organization’s mission and purpose.
  2.  Organization Background:
    a. Briefly describe your organization’s history, including when it was established and its key accomplishments.
    b. Explain how your organization aligns with Stable View Foundation’s mission and values.
  3. Attachments:
    Please attach the following documents to support your application:
    – IRS determination letter confirming tax-exempt status (501(c)(3) status or equivalent).
    – Organization’s most recent audited financial statements.
    – Any additional supporting documents (e.g., brochures, annual reports, program evaluations).

By submitting this grant application, your organization agrees to comply with all reporting requirements if awarded funding. Once your application is under review, Stable View Foundation may contact your organization with additional questions and requests.

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