From our day of conception one of the most important values has been our transparency.
We believe that the public should be able to see exactly what they are donating to, and how the donations are being spent.
Life has been busy, Tons of projects have happened on the Range.
We have put together a spread sheet to show you exactly what your donations have purchased.
Although our first project we hoped would be installing a fence on Highway 318, life happened and we had to make some fast decisions.
By early spring of 2018 it was apparent that Sand Wash Basin was experiencing a serious drought. Wild Horse Warriors worked with the Bureau of Land Management and we were allowed to haul water. From July 5th to the beginning of Oct 2018 we hauled over 170,000 of water to the wild horses. Donations paid for all the water the supplies used. Thank you
In 2020 your donations repaired 2 ponds that had major issues. Their size was a least doubled, leaks fixed and the bottom sealed. Your donations also repaired Sheepherders in 2019 and 2020. We also replaced 4 solar panels. They were updated and can now be attached to a battery if needed at a later date. They also are more sensitive to the sun and will pump water even on cloudy days. Your donations also helped with the expenses of sealing 3 ponds.
Aletha made her first call to CDOT in 2012 about wild horses on Highway 3`18. There may have been others that called, but Aletha never gave up.
Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin was created as a platform to raise money and to work with the BL M and CDOT to get a fence built on the highway.
Wild Horse Warriors never gave up on the fence project and continued to have conversations with Colorado Department of Transportation and The Bureau of Land Management.
Finally we have reached an agreement and Wild Horse Warriors is being allowed to install a fence along Highway 318.
Colorado Department of Transportation has started to clear the easement on both sides of Highway 318. This is being done to help travelers see the wild horses along the road better. But it is also clearing a pathway for fence on the north side of Highway 318. CDOT has also agreed to do an inhouse clearance study. Because the fence is on the CDOT easement the BLM will not be involved.
Moffat County will be building any cattle guards that are needed and they will install them.
The following pages show how our donations have been spent and what our current balance on hand is
There are checks in the mail and donations coming in daily on our funding sites.
Thank you for your support
Our first fund raising site was YouCaring. We had a lot to learn about fund raising but we jumped into the running water. We quickly learned that the wording had to be very exact. In the first description we only listed the fence on Highway 318 as a single use for the funds gathered. After some time and conversations we realized that if the fence was never built or if we raised more than was needed, or if CDOT or the BLM paid for the fence, we would have to refund all the donations! But we also realized there were many other places the donations could be used in Sand Wash Basin to support the Wild Horses.
At that time we adjusted the wording to ; Donations will be used for water sources, signage, fencing needs, trail cameras to track our wild horses and other wild life in Sand Wash Basin and along the highway, DNA testing and the education of our followers and visitors to Sand Wash Basin.
The first time we participated in Giving Tuesday we listed only the fence on Highway 318 for the use of the funds collected. The funds from the Giving Tuesday and YouCaring that we received for the fence have been set aside in our books and we knew that they could not be spent on any other projects in Sand Wash Basin.
We received 14,909,28 for the Giving Tuesday Campaign in 2018
We received 3824.00 from WePay or YouCaring. The total 18, 733 could only be used for the fence on Highway 318. All other fund had a disclaimer attached allowing for the donations to be used for the fence, DNA, water projects, signs, and other needs to help keep our wild horses safe and improve their range. Other than administration costs WHW has not used one penny for our personal fuel, food, lodging or supplies to support our work for the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin
Both accounts require two signatures. Most of the donations go directly into the Foundations account. When we need to use money to pay for projects it is then transferred into the "working" account.
We currently have 3 individuals working on writing grants to help with the cost of the fence. With Covid we have been told that grants may be very hard to get. We have also asked for donations from fencing supply companies. All of this and more is in the works. We will update the public when we have news to share.
With the donations received for the fence project we also received many messages such as the following:
I am delighted to hear that so many people have joined in to help our precious wild ones. This money will be put to such good use. Thank you all so much.
I know this money will be well spent by Aletha Dove
I intended to send money for the Hwy Fence but please use as needed. ❤️
Wild Horse Warriros is very careful with the funds we have received in donations, and every purchase is discussed in detail.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado is our fiscal agent for our non-profit status.
Most monies received go directly into their account. When it is needed it is then transferred into Wild Horse Warriors account.
Names of Donors have been hidden for privacy.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin are offered as part of Wild Horse Warriors' MOU with the BLM to help education our visitors. They operate from their own checking account. As part of a non profit WHW Tours can not make a profit, but are allowed to have money in the account for future expenses. If they choose they can have a paid employee. At present there are no paid employees. The cost of the tours covers, vehicle maintenance, fuel, drinks and snacks for the guests, promotions, website costs, thank you gifts, CPR classes, permits and insurance.
Each year there have been projects that Wild Horse Warriors has undertaken that involve expenses that are not reimbursed. Some of those expenses include:
The time and fuel for the tractor used at Lake Draw.
The large round tank that was donated at Lake Draw.
The fuel and use of the black truck and trailer used to haul the water tanks.
The use and fuel for the tractor used to seal the ponds.
Wild Horse Warriors did not pay to repair the suspension on the trailer that was used to haul the water tanks.
Although the purchase of trail cameras is listed on our donation page, to date all camera's, camera solar panels, the wi-fi subscription, and the lock boxes for the cameras, have all been purchased by individuals and no donation money has been used for cameras, lock boxes or solar panels or the batteries for trail cameras. Each month we were changing the batteries in 3 cameras every two weeks. That is 24 batteries each time we changed the batteries. There have now been solar panels donated that will help with the cost of the batteries.
We make numerous trips out to Highway 318 during the winter and to the water sources this summer to change batteries or check the camera and download the SD cards.
When the generators were being used there were several of us that made a trip out to check the water and turn on the generator. IF we did not stay in the basin we had to make a return trip to the basin to turn the generator off and the solar panels back on.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours paid for most of the fuel used in the generators.
The water tanks at Lake Draw need continual attention. Moss grows quickly in the tanks and if left unattended it plugs the drain pipes. WHW makes numerous trips to the basin to add Stock Defense to the tanks and clean the moss out. The Stock Defense slows the growth, but due to the amount of water that passes through the tanks it only works for a day or two.
Combined we spend close to 150 days in the basin each year. While in the Basin we are checking the water, vegetation, and the health of the wild horses . Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin does not pay for our fuel for these trips.
Wild Horse Warriors does not pay for our business cards, the boosts on FaceBook, the net clothing to protect us from the gnats, sunscreen, bug spray, snake gators, our WHW t-shirts, our personal drinks or snacks while we are in the Basin.
As volunteers we understand that our time and the above items are donations.