(Southwest Florida) SMART is pleased to announce that it has received an Immediate Impact grant from the Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota. The $3,500 grant will be used to redesign their website to create a more user-friendly format and professional image, to provide easier access to online forms for participants and volunteers, and improve the group’s ability to accept online donations and provide real-time donor acknowledgements.
“We are so excited to update our very old and tired website,” said Gail Clifton, Executive Director of SMART. “This capacity building grant is going to allow us to improve and expand our community outreach and give SMART a fresh, tech-savvy presence on the web. This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary of service to the community, so the timing is perfect! We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota for their wonderful support.”
SMART hopes to unveil their new website by early March. They are working on the project with Bradenton marketing agency Deckard and Company.
Established in 1987, Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) is a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding, carriage driving and equine-assisted activities for individuals with disabilities. Located in eastern Manatee County, SMART is a mostly volunteer organization that serves over 650 individuals with disabilities each year, including people with a variety of challenges such as autism, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, as well as individuals with terminal illness, emotional or mental health conditions, and hearing, speech or vision impairments. Among the activities offered are therapeutic horseback riding and driving, a literacy program, and programs for veterans, women with breast cancer, at risk youth and teens, and victims of human trafficking. Volunteers age 14 and over are welcome to join the organization at any time after completing an orientation and training program.
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Organization. All Contributions are Tax Deductible.
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