Is PERSONAL PONIES a charitable organization? Yes! We are incorporated in the state of Florida and are a 501-C-3 organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service under our National organization. All contributions are tax deductible according to the limits of the law.
How is PERSONAL PONIES organized? Board of Directors / National Director / Assistant Director / Regional Directors / State Directors / Community Directors / Volunteer Breeders, Sponsors, Promoters / Families with special needs children.
What can PERSONAL PONIES do for my community? We can offer special needs children in your community a pony to love. Our ponies are also "roving ambassadors" and are taken wherever children can benefit from interacting with them. They can brighten the day or seniors in convalescent homes, light up an entire campful of cancer patients, be part of programs for emotionally disturbed children. Our ponies go to parades, fairs, day care centers, therapeutic riding centers. Think of any place where smiles are needed and our ponies will go.
How is PERSONAL PONIES funded? Caring people contribute financially. Find out how YOU can help.
How are the funds you receive used? NO ONE is paid a single cent for the work they do! 100% of our funds are used to purchase & care for ponies along with operational expenses.
Who pays for the care of the ponies? Our volunteers who raise, train, sponsor and promote our ponies assume the cost of maintaining the ponies they are assigned. Families who receive ponies from the program are also responsible for the care of the ponies they receive.
Can I tell PPL how I would like my contribution used? Absolutely! Funds can be allocated to the Pony Fund, Pony Medical Fund, or Pony Retirement Fund. You can also make a specific request that your funds benefit a specific project in your own state or community.
I would like my contribution to help a specific program in. Can I do this? YES! Simply send your contribution to Personal Ponies with a note about how you would like it to be used. You will also receive a record of your contribution for tax purposes. Contact us.
FAQs about our VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
I am interested in volunteering, how do I get started? Contact usand find out how you can assist other volunteers in your area or offer to be a Community Director.
If I am a Community Director, what do I do and what do I say?
Picture yourself with a small promotion pony talking to people. Picture yourself taking this pony to convalescent homes, group homes, day care centers, parades, fairs, community events of all kinds. Then picture the smiles of sick children.
Is there official material I can use for handouts? A video? Yes, and we teach you how to create material suited to your area. There is also material available for download on this website.
Where do the ponies come from that are placed in to the program? Ponies are bred by Volunteer Breeders, or are imported from the UK with the funds we receive from interested persons.
How do I know I will like doing this?
You don't know! Find out by doing! Spend time helping other volunteers until you are certain you want to take on the responsibilities of being a breeder, sponsor or promoter.